It is that time of year when family and friends gather for picnics or BBQ’s, where they play yard games and have a couple drinks.  After a social day in the sun, everyone fills up that cooler and grabs the blankets to head to the local fireworks show, whether on land or the lake.  The Fourth of July marks a day of Independence for America, but that does not mean that you are independent from the law.  After having drinks with family or friends, your ability to operate a motor vehicle or watercraft is impaired.

Local Fireworks Shows

Kenosha County

Kenosha – Harbor Park on July 4, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Milwaukee County

Butler – Frontier Park on July 4, 2012 beginning at dusk.

Cudahy – Sheridan Park on July 4, 2012 beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Milwaukee – Noyes Park on July 4, 2012 at 9:15 p.m.; Lake Park on July 4, 2012 at 9:15 p.m. For other locations and times check local listings.

Oak Creek – Oak Creek Middle School on July 4, 2012 beginning at dusk.

Shorewood – Atwater Park on July 4, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Whitefish Bay – Klode Park on July 4, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Ozaukee County

Cedarburg – Cedar Creek Park on July 4, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Port Washington – Franklin and Grand Avenue on July 4, 2012 beginning at dusk.

Saukville – Peninsula Park on July 4, 2012 beginning at dusk.

Washington County

Germantown – Fireman’s Park on July 4, 2012 beginning at dusk.

Kewaskum – Riverhill Park on July 3, 2012 beginning at dusk.

West Bend – Riverside Park on July 4, 2012 beginning at dusk.

Waukesha County

Menomonee Falls – Appleton Avenue and Elm Lane on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 p.m.

New Berlin – Malone Park on July 4, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Pewaukee – Pewaukee Lakefront on July 4, 2012 at 9 p.m.

Waukesha – Waukesha County Expo Center on July 4, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks shows for the Fourth of July are a great celebration for families and friends.  Police are usually in full-force patrolling the areas, and one must consider that children under the age of 16 may be in the vehicle with them.  Driving under the influence with a minor weighs much more heavily than driving drunk alone or with another adult.  Whether on water or land, throwing back a couple drinks and getting behind the wheel on the Fourth of July could have serious consequences.

If you are arrested for drunk driving, know that you have options, but move quickly.  Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. solely practices DUI Defense in Wisconsin.  You may contact him toll free at 1-877-384-6800 or complete a Free Online Case Evaluation.  Think before you drink and have a fun and safe holiday!

**Times and locations subject to change due to recent Burn Bans across the state – Check local listings for up-to-date Firework Shows**