Fourth of July

Independence Day
6:22 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Parade Crowds Bring Reflection, and a Business Boost

Rhinelander's Fourth of July Parade featured several clowns.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade.  Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.  

Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.  

Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade.  Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year.  He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.  

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Relic of the Past
6:06 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Ninety-Nine Fourths Under Its Hood, And Going Strong

George Scholz has been driving this Model T since the age of 10.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Among the floats, clowns and marching bands at the Rhinelander Independence Day parade was one vintage car celebrating its 99th Fourth of July.  The Ford Model T has been in the owner’s family throughout its long life.

George Scholz is adjusting the gas on his car’s old fashioned headlight before the parade.  Though he’s been bringing his Model T to the Rhinelander parade for more than a decade, he’s been driving it for way longer.

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Warning: Flammable
3:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

This July Fourth, Be Careful With Those Fireworks

Lighting fireworks at home can be risky.
Credit Art Brom

For some people Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to play with fire…but it can also be the perfect time to cause an accident or an injury.  That’s the message from Oneida County health officials, who are warning people to use caution around fireworks.  

Public Health nurse Rob Deede says this isn’t the time for experimentation.

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Gas Prices
1:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gas Prices Fall In Time For July Fourth Travel

Gas prices have fallen more than almost 50 cents since last month.
Credit Andrew Taylor

Wisconsin gas prices continue to fall, and that’s great news for July Fourth holiday travelers.

Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com, Gregg Laskoski, says the national average has fallen has fallen from $3.64 to $3.49 per gallon.  In Wisconsin the decrease has been more dramatic, from $3.93 a month ago down to $3.44 today.

"Wisconsin was hit hard as part of the Great Lakes region and the Plains states that really had tremendous refinery and supply problems from mid-May up until recent weeks..."

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