For a complete Freedom Fest schedule, click HERE.
The Freedom Run, co-sponsored by the Sheboygan County YMCA, begins at 7:30 AM on the 4th. Broughton Drive from Wisconsin Avenue, north and up the hill to Barrett Street will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking prohibited beginning at 7:00 AM on the 4th.
Independence Day Parade
- The parade starts at 9:00 AM and the route follows N 8th Street to Michigan Avenue to Broughton Drive.
- “Reserving” a Spot for the Independence Day Parade : You may bring tarps and chairs to hold a spot between the sidewalk and the street along the parade route AFTER 5:00 AM on July 4th. Any items placed out prior to that time will be considered abandoned property and removed. The reason for this policy is to minimize the amount of overnight vandalism as well as minimize arguments over claimed areas.
Independence Day Traffic Restrictions
Following the Independence Day Parade
- Broughton Drive will remain closed to vehicle traffic and parking will be prohibited from Michigan Avenue south to Wisconsin Avenue for the safety of pedestrians and the lakefront activities.
- Parking will be prohibited along the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue from N. 7 Street west to Water Street all day to provide two lanes of westbound traffic leaving from the lakefront.
After the Fireworks
- After the fireworks, traffic using Pennsylvania Avenue to leave the lakefront will be directed west to 9th Street, where vehicles may turn north or south.
- Vehicles wishing to travel south from Pennsylvania Avenue will use the 9th Street swing street to S 8th Street, continuing to the roundabout intersection at S 8th and Indiana Avenue and will be directed westbound on Indiana Avenue.
- Vehicles wishing to travel north from Pennsylvania Avenue will be directed to turn west on Erie Avenue. No northbound traffic will be allowed through the intersection of N 9th Street and Erie Avenue.
- Traffic flow will be restricted at the Rotary Intersection at S 8th Street and Indiana Avenue. There will be no northbound traffic allowed on S 8th Street from the round-about intersection.
- All traffic coming south across the 8th Street Bridge will ONLY be allowed to proceed WEST on Indiana Avenue from the round-about intersection.
- All traffic coming out of South Pier Drive will ONLY be allowed to proceed SOUTH on S 8th Street from the round-about intersection.
- If you view the fireworks from north of the Sheboygan River and have to get back to the south side, we suggest leaving west on Erie or Superior Avenues, and using 14th Street or Taylor Drive to go south.
- If you view the fireworks from south of the Sheboygan River and have to get back to the north side, we suggest turning west on Georgia Avenue or Broadway Avenue to reach South Business Drive and turn north.
Officers will be manning the traffic lights on 14th Street and numerous other intersections to facilitate the movement of traffic away from the lakefront. Please remember that thousands of vehicles will be attempting to leave the lakefront area at the same time, and there is only so much space on the streets to accommodate the increase in volume. Please be patient, and watch for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Everyone is encouraged to walk or use a bicycle, if practical.
In an effort to minimize vehicular traffic and encourage exercise, the Police Department, with the assistance of the Police Explorer’s Post, will have two bike corrals at the lakefront. One will be at Deland Park next to the Police Command Post and near the war memorial. The second one will be in the South Pier area in the green space just south of 534 South Pier Drive along the boardwalk. The corrals will be available for holding normal sized bicycles from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm. Bicycles not collected by 11:00 pm will be impounded. There will be no charge for use of the corrals, so please take advantage of them, and leave your car at home. We will also accept wagons and strollers as long as the personal property is not left with them.
Other City Policies
If you have any questions regarding City policies or traffic routes on July 4th, please contact the Sheboygan Police Department at (920) 459-3333. Information concerning beachfront activities will be posted at the Sheboygan Area Tourism event page at https://visitsheboygan.com/freedomfest/
- Fireworks: The possession and use of Fireworks are PROHIBITED in the City of Sheboygan. Enjoy the official fireworks display, but save yourself an expensive fine and do not bring your own fireworks into the City.
- Alcohol: Alcohol possession and consumption is PROHIBITED ON ANY BEACH area in the City. Alcohol may be possessed and consumed on the area of Deland Park that is south of the pier (the vendor area), and on the grass area of King Park. No person may possess any glass container within any City of Sheboygan park. (No GLASS!)
- Pets are prohibited in all city parks and beaches except those designated and posted as being either on-leash or off-leash, Sec. 18-15. This includes that pets are prohibited in both Deland and King Parks and their beaches.
- Bonfires: Recreational Fires are allowed along the Lake Michigan shoreline from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Fires can be no larger than 36 inches in diameter and 18 inches high. Recreational fires can be wood-fueled only and must be at least 20 feet from any structure.
To assist with beach cleanup, we ask that fires NOT be buried at the end of the evening. Fires may be extinguished with water or left safely to burn out. Burying fires will cause injuries.
- Excavation: No person may construct any pit or excavation in any public beach area.
- Boats and Watercraft: Boats and Watercraft must remain clear of public beaches.