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June 26, 2012 | 03:16 PM
BLOOMFIELD — If you're from here, you know the drill.

From high noon to sundown, the town and the village will be celebrating Independence Day.

Local staples of the holiday — the parade, the party and the fireworks — are all on-schedule next Wednesday, Bloomfield Village President Ken Monroe said Thursday, June 21.

"It's just a great time for the town and the village to get together and celebrate the Fourth," said Monroe, who also is one of the organizers of the festivities.

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He said there usually is a big crowd for the activities, especially the fireworks. But this year, with the Fourth on a Wednesday, he said there may even be more people than usual.

"It's just enormous, the crowd, and this year, we're hoping for an even bigger one," Monroe said.

Parade and party

Although Monroe said that "probably the usual people" will be featured in the mile-long parade this year, he said it's possible there may be a special guest next Wednesday.

Monroe said a representative from former state governor Tommy Thompson's office contacted him about the parade. Thompson was invited, Monroe said.

"But I don't know if it's going to be Tommy himself or a representative in the parade," he said.

Typically, local area fire and rescue department members, civic groups and businesses take part in the parade, which lines up at 11 a.m., near the Pell Lake Beach, on North Lake Shore Drive.

The parade travels from North Lake Shore Drive to Clover Road, then ends at the Bloomfield Town Hall, N1100 Town Hall Road.

Monroe said Sen. Neal Kedzie confirmed he will participate.

After the parade, there is a party at the Town Hall. Typically, the party features a cookout, arts and crafts booths and children's activities.

Fireworks

It all ends with a big bang around dusk. This year's fireworks display will be provided by Spielbauer Fireworks, Green Bay, the company which Monroe said has been handling the community's Fourth of July displays for several years.

Monroe said it costs about $5,500 for the display.

There was some concern the fireworks would not occur last year. Although the town's parks, lakes and recreation committee raised enough money for there to be fireworks, it became too expensive for the item to remain a part of the budget.

On June 21, Monroe said the Fourth of July Committee raised enough money for this year's display.

"We ended up, I think, without it costing anything to the taxpayers," he said. "It was all paid by donations."

It's tough to say what draws more people — the parade or the fireworks.

However, Monroe said when it comes to fireworks, the more the merrier.

Which is why he prefers the crowd size to be large after sundown.

"I just think it's neat to have bigger crowds (for fireworks)," Monroe said. "It's just great to see everyone and get their reactions to the fireworks."

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