Independence Day Parade

Event details

  • Friday | July 3, 2020
  • 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
  • Appleton Avenue at Elm Lane Menomonee Falls WI 53051

The 2019 July 3 parade turned out to be a great event as usual. There were so many people who gave their time to help out. Here is a list of many of those volunteers. If I missed your name, I apologize. Keep in mind that many people on this list worked multiple roles (land grab, make cotton candy and then also worked during the parade).

Number one thank you goes to Mother Nature for the great parade weather. And we always have to thank the Menomonee Falls Police Dept, especially Sgt Steven Sanders, and his many officers who were on hand to keep everyone safe.

The parade committee puts in many hours long before July 3. Members include Chairperson Steve Fleming, Terry Fitzsimmons, Larry Hebbring, Larry Podolske, Tony Bawiec and Ann Freudenthal.

And now the list of the rest of the volunteers: Del Kreuser, Kathy Mattheisen, Kathie Jensen, Joanne Wanner, Andy Chertack, Rick Kohl, John Thomas, Dottie Schilling, Jeanine Dederich, Cathy Sharkey, Jenna Dueppen, Mason Latus, Molly Dederich, Vickie Dederich, Shannon Dederich,  Barb Schmit, Jon Cline, Fred Blanke, Katherine Hoff, Kathy Arts, Meg Latus, Tom Dueppen, Jenna Dueppen, Tom Ciskoski, Kathy Ciskoski, Len Kimmel, Debbie Kimmel, Wendy Sue Fluegge, Dan Schwind, Kirsten Sperl, Donna Bosch, Joy Fricke, Lance Newman, Suzanne Carney, Larry Barbera, Faith Vanderhorst, Rob Pintor, Tammy Pintor, Tom Droka, Greg Mattson, Debbie Mattson, Marcia Hebbring, Danny Shepherd, Lynette Shepherd, Cassie Howard, Dustin Howard, Ed Schlumpf, Terra Chiemelewski, Anna Listwan, Sarah Kimmel, Cameryn Steder, Carola Kier, Alice Barbein, Jim Lowe, Jody Golla, Corey Golla, Jenn Dedrick, Mary Ann Zawlocki, Ross Sharkey, Kevel Anderson, Carol Schulteis, Linda Podolske, Chris Derivan, Jerry Ellis, Sharon Ellis, Bill Hathaway, Jane Hathaway, Chad Johnson, Jerry Mislang, Kathy Mislang, Jim Newman, Mike Kons, Chris O’Reilly, Linda Kons, Corrine Reiter, Joe Reiter, Don Gorzek, Charlie Keller,  Paul Lindemann and Logan Podolske.

This parade would not be possible if it weren’t for all these volunteers who ranged in age from 6 – 80 years old. Thanks so much.  Hope to see you all again next year.

The parade wrap up meeting will be on August 13th.  Please let the parade committee know if you have any comments or suggestions to make this parade even better next year.


The Optimist Club organizes and finances the Independence Day Parade which is always held on the evening of July 3rd at 7:00 pm. This extravagant parade, attended by over 25,000 viewers, costs the club approximately $20,000 to bring in marching bands and special parade groups and the club pays them anywhere from $100 – $3000 to participate in our parade.  The Optimist Club greatly appreciates all the financial support from our “Super Sponsors:” The Village of Menomonee Falls, Knights of Columbus, Malkins Carpeting, Cousins Subs, Rainbow Childcare and Harley Davidson—and any additional support from members of the community who generously give to the Bucket Brigade as they walk the parade route, grateful for any and all donations they receive.  The Club also devotes a lot of volunteer hours to making cotton candy and popcorn and selling both along the parade route to help finance the parade!!

The Independence Day Parade is the largest of the three parades held in Menomonee Falls. This parade is very well attended and precedes the annual fireworks display held at Menomonee Falls High School. The parade route starts on Appleton Avenue at Elm Lane and proceeds southeast to Woosencraft Drive, finishing on Titan Drive.

Independence Day Parade participants should submit their entry form at least 45 days prior to the date of the parade.

For more information about participating in the Independence Day Parade, contact Steve Fleming 262.385.6499 or Charlie Keller 262.241.5489

Please complete the online Parade Entry Form AND the Independence Day Filming Form

Mail any applicable fees due to Menomonee Falls Optimist Club, Attn: Steve Fleming, PO Box 627, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052.

Menomonee Falls Parades

Independence Day Parade Co-chairs: Charlie Keller & Steve Fleming