State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2019
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Happy Independence Day!

This fourth of July we recognize the 243rd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  On July 2, 1776 the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.  After voting for independence, Congress established the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining their decision.  Congress debated and revised the wording of the document for two days- approving it on July 4, 1776.

A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

John Adams's prediction was insightful, but off by two days. Americans have always celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the more well-known Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved by Congress.

Another interesting occurrence on July 4th- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and former Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was also the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

As predicted by Adams, one of the ways Americans celebrate the 4th of July is by attending or participating in a local parade.  I've listed some of the local 4th of July Parades.

Thursday, July 4th
4th Fest:  America- 50 Years To The Moon And Back!
Downtown Racine

Union Grove Parade: "Moon Landing, 50th Anniversary"
Racine County Fairgrounds lot East on Hwy 11 to North on Hwy 45

Town of Raymond Parade: "Proud and Free"
Raymond Town Hall to Raymond School

Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade
Downtown Kenosha

Somers Parade: "We the People"
Begins at Shoreland High School West and ends at Somers Elementary School

Wanggaard Family Float in 1967


Doll Buggy Parades have have been held in Racine neighborhoods since at least since the mid 1940s. This clip is of the 1967 parade around Fratt School in West Racine.  My brothers and I assembled this Iwo Jima Memorial float out of four wagons and a board.  I'm in front helping to pull the float and my brothers, along with Greg Dickert, are the soldiers strategically arranged on board.  Such a great memory.

To watch a portion of the parade, click here.

This is my son, Josh, at the 1985 Doll Buggy Parade near the same spot as the video above was taken.  

Parades from the Past


Over the years I have had the pleasure of walking in many parades with friends and family.  I look forward to making more memories this year.  Happy Fourth of July!
Issue 138
July 3rd,  2019
Photo with my granddaughters who walked with me in the 2018 4th of July parades.

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21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Burlington Farmers Market
Wehmhoff Square Park
3-7pm every Thursday

Tall Ship Red Witch
June 11th- Sept 11th
Reefpoint Marina, Racine

Tall Ship Red Witch

Bristol Progress Days
July 12-14th
Hansen Park, Bristol

Extreme Recess Day at the Beach
July 25th
Lance Park, Twin Lakes
9am- 3pm

Taste of Wisconsin
July 26-28th
HarborPark, Kenosha

St. John the Baptist Picnic
July 27th
Union Grove

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