State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Happy Independence Day!

This fourth of July we recognize the 241st 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.

Saturday, July 1st
Twin Lakes Libertyfest Parade
Legion Park to Lance Park

Sunday, July 2nd
Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade
"Honoring Kenosha's History"
22nd Ave to 54th St

Tuesday, July 4th
4th Fest: Dreams Come True Under the Red, White & Blue
Downtown Racine

Union Grove Parade: "What Makes America Great?"
Racine County Fairgrounds lot East on Hwy 11 to North on Hwy 45

Town of Raymond Parade: "We Salute You"
Raymond Town Hall to Raymond School

Somers Parade: "Honoring Somers Heroes"
Highways E and H, ending on Highway E at Somers Elementary School

Student Art and Essay Contest: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the State Capitol

The Wisconsin State Capitol is celebrating its 100th birthday.  In order to help celebrate the milestone, the Capitol Commemorative Commission is holding a contest for students in grades K-12 to submit either an essay or piece of art which details or symbolizes the importance of the Capitol building and what it means to Wisconsin.   For more information regarding the contest: Click here.  For more information regarding the State Capitol Commemorative Commission and the Wisconsin State Capitol building, please visit:

2015-16 Wisconsin State Blue Books Available

My office has a limited number of 2015-16 Blue Books available for constituents of the 21st Senate District.  If you are interested in receiving a free Blue Book, please send your full name and mailing address to:  (Blue Books can not be delivered to P.O. Boxes)

In District

It was my pleasure to join Representative Robin Vos in presenting Karen and Jonathan Bird with a Joint Legislative Citation for hosting the 2017 Racine County Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 24th.  Great job Bird Family!
I enjoyed working the serving line at the Racine County Dairy Breakfast with Representative Robin Vos, Senator Leah Vukmir and Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson.

On Sunday, June 25th Representative Robin Vos and I attended the ground breaking for Grace Church in Burlington.  Congratulations Grace Church.
Issue 77
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Meeting with Governor Scott Walker at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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State Senator Van
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 on Washington and Pine Streets
3-7pm every Thursday

*New* Caledonia Village Hall-  Grand Opening
5043 Chester Lane
June 30th
4-6pm (4pm ceremony)

Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon
North Beach, Racine
July 16th

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

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