What to look forward to this summer


Whitewater’s Fourth of July festival

Josh Stoughton, Assistant Community Editor

As the temperatures rise, citizens of Whitewater look forward to all the summer events that take place.
Whitewater comes together as a community in many ways during the warmer months of the year to celebrate events that ignite fun and make new memories for its citizens. Highlights this year include the 2nd Annual Whitewater Fourth of July Festival, Concerts in the Park and Maxwell Street Days.The entire city comes to life with melodious live music at various venues like Friday nights at The Fuzzy Pig.
Townies and tourists alike enjoy the return of the outdoor Whitewater Farmers Market in the historic Whitewater Passenger Depot. It runs from the first Saturday in May through the first Saturday in November.
The Whitewater City Market is an expanded farmers market, which includes food trucks, live music, children’s activities and an even larger variety of food and crafts. Starting in May, it runs through October Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. also at the train depot.
Other weekly events include Fit Camp Mondays at Whitewater Nutrition, Weekly Walks every Tuesday on the Ice Age Trail and Fika Fridays at the UW-W Community Engagement Center for local business owners.
On June 4 Lake Home Info and Next Home Success will be hosting “Cars & Coffee.” It is a free family friendly car show that will have coffee and treats from local vendors, and of course, cool cars!
From July 1 – 4, Whitewater will hold its annual Fourth of July Festival. There will be live music, food vendors, a car show and a petting zoo. On the second and fourth day of the festival, there will be fireworks.
“There’s a car show and a pageant, parade, music, fireworks, the carnival, and just a lot of really fun times,” said Whitewater Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kellie Carper.
But the festivities won’t be stopping there. Grab a folding chair or a blanket and spend a relaxing evening enjoying music and activities for the whole family. Every Thursday evening starting July 13 until September 14 the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Irving L Young Library, are hosting Concerts in the Park and Family Fun Nights. The activities vary each week.
The Whitewater Arts Alliance also offers a midday concert series that runs through the summer Thursdays during the lunch hour.