July 4 in Brookfield

The City of Brookfield will be holding the 4th of July parade and festivities on (ahem) Monday, the 5th of July. The 4th falls on a Sunday this year. Since the parade staging area includes the parking lots for two churches, as well as possibly interfering with Sunday morning services, the parade date was moved. That’s been the practice for years and is consistent with the federal employee (postal service, etc.) holiday practice of using the following Monday. The event was planned and implemented by the city Park and Recreation staff under the guidance of the city's Independence Day Activities Committee.  This group of residents are very hands on and do a lot of hard work for all of us to enjoy.

You may read about the city events, including the parade, ice cream social and fireworks, planned at the city web site: Independence Day Activities  Please note the rules for staking out your parade watching spot. There have been problems in the past with people setting up lawn chairs, etc. days in advance and having them stolen or moved. From the city's web site:

Parade Spectator Guidelines

In the interest of public safety and fairness, the Independence Day Activities Committee is requesting that parade spectators refrain from obstructing or attempting to reserve any public right of way area (e.g. sidewalks, curb areas, medians) by placing chairs, blankets, tape, rope, tents, or any other item along the parade route before 7:00 PM the night before the July 5th parade. In addition, the placement of large and over-sized items that could potentially obstruct the view of other parade spectators is strongly discouraged. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

You may read about other holiday events at

City garbage pickup will be pushed back one day for the entire week, as happens with every major holiday. City web site - July 4th Holiday - Garbage Pick up is Delayed by One Day

You probably received a couple of postcards about the “Celebrate America” event to be held on Sunday, July 4, 11:00am to 4:00pm, at Mitchell Park. This event is sponsored by the Victory International Fellowship (Assemblies of God) church on Calhoun Road and is NOT affiliated with the City of Brookfield. It is a church sponsored event that everyone is welcome to attend. No taxpayer money is being spent for this event and there will be no evening fireworks. The second postcard, which you should have received this week, includes the disclaimers. 

You may read more about the event at: http://www.celebrateamerica-brookfield.com/

And more about the church at:   http://vifonline.org/

Here are some photos of the July 4, 2009 parade.

I doubt anyone suspected on July 4, 2009 what would happen on April 6, 2010!

This Ford replica is owned and driven by city resident Mike Ostrenga.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken of Brookfield fireworks. This year's show will be at Mitchell Park on Monday, July 5 starting about 9:15 p.m

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