Grand Family Fourth of July

12 Jul, 2017

Written by Elodie Demmon

Before America officially celebrated its day of birth, Grand Geneva kicked off an array of activities lake side of the resort on July 3rd. Both guests and locals gathered alongside the resort to enjoy the holiday festivities with food, face paint, and fireworks galore.

The fun all started at 3pm near the lake of the resort, where activities and entertainment lined the sidewalk for all to enjoy. Caricaturists and temporary tattoo artists detailed impressive sketches while balloon artists twisted colorful cartoons to life. Children of all ages hopped throughout the bouncy house, and afterwards, sat still for a face paint design.

Even by early afternoon, lawn chairs and blankets filled the lakeside grass as people hoped to score seats for the grand firework show. Once settled in, families and friends walked up and down the resort path, stopping for brats, burgers, and an occasional snow cone. Even Bruce the Moose came by for the fun, making sure to take pictures and high five all he could meet.

While the hamburgers and corn on the cob grilled near the grass, the buffet at the Embers Terrace Reserved Dinner revealed a decadent variety of dishes, including oysters, a sushi and sashimi station, prime rib, and crab legs. By the time guests were full, the Color Guard made a salute and the National Anthem played to officially commemorate the Independence Day celebration. Soon after, the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band progressed through the greens surrounded by cheering guests, led by Bucky Badger himself.

Once the sun fully set, the fireworks finally rocketed into the sky for a breathtaking view above the resort lake. Dozens of beautiful colors and loud booms filled the night, but nothing could compare to the exciting and impressive grand finale. The night truly ended with a bang- and what made it even better was the volume of donated non-perishable items from visitors and guests alike, which were given to local community members in need. The 3rd of July at the Grand Geneva was truly a success!

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