Life On The Beach: The End Is Near

End the summer right at this family friendly activity

Aug 25, 2011

Lights On The Lake

As the summer wraps to a close, people are starting to pack up their beach bags, put away the swimsuits and winterize their boats. The kids are going back to school and time is running out to get out and enjoy the lakes. And with Labor Day plans filling up the last moments of sunshine, who has time to think about anything else? Hold that tarp though! If you haven’t already heard, Google and Drake & Company are hosting the third annual Lights On The Lake Boat Parade & Fireworks, Sunday, September 4 at 7:45 pm.

One might ask, “What is this awesomness you so speak of?” Well, let me tell you. The Lights On The Lake Boat Parade is a once a year event that gives boaters a chance to strut their stuff. Local businesses and boat owners deck out their crafts with themes and lights, and cruise a floating parade route from Maple Bluff Beach all the way down the shore to the UW Memorial Union Terrace. The night caps off with a fireworks display from Spectrum Pyrotechnics, launched from a barge anchored in front of The Edgewater and the Terrace. This year’s event also features special performance barges by the UW Alumni Band and Zooniversity performing Teach Me How To Bucky.

Not only is this a great event for the entire family, it also helps raise money for the Clean Lakes Alliance. It’s not cheap to keep our lakes clean, and every little bit helps. While the event is free to attend, show your support by purchasing a T-shirt or by entering your own boat float! Registration forms can be found here.

If you’re not a boater, grab your picnic basket and stake out your favorite viewing area along the shoreline. This is sure to be a good time and a great way to give the summer season a happy ending.


See more Life On The Beach posts here, and read more about Madison's lakes on our Crazy4Lakes page.

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