FLAG DAY TODAY
Join us in celebration of Flag Day in the heart of Waubeka where it was originally founded!
FLAG DAY CELEBRATION TRADITIONS
The Flag Day observance is held each year on the second Sunday in June.
It starts with a Program that includes a ceremonial raising of the flag and salute to the armed forces, singing of the National Anthem, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and Presidential Proclamation. Special recognitions are awarded each year to a group of outstanding patriots. Winners of the "What the Flag Means to Me" annual essay contest are invited to share their insightful responses. The Program concludes with Benedication and Taps. Following the program, the streets of Waubeka will be closed for the parade. This parade is highly anticipated and a highlight of every Waubeka resident's summer!
The Flag Day Parade features 2 hours of over 100 floats and marching units and ends with our first responders in their firetrucks. The parade can be viewed throughout downtown Waubeka and not only honors our distinguished guests, but features military units, notable traveling bands, high school bands, squads, and color guards. Area scout groups, 4H clubs, equestion units, civic and private floats, and local businesses join in the fun. Awards are given based on the best of several categories, but it makes every patriots heart beam to see such a display of love and respect for “The Stars and Stripes.”
Since the purchase of the Americanism Center in 1995, the National Flag Day Foundation hosts a Family Day immediately following the parade. This includes food and beverages, performance by the University of Wisconsin Badger Band, pony rides, bouncy houses, a sand pile, and live music. A crowd favorite of the event is the 60’ by 40’ American Flag that is displayed at the Americanism Center (it takes 7 people to raise between two utility poles) and serves as a popular photo background. At dusk, Waubeka is lit up with a patriotic fireworks display that concludes with an iconic display of “Old Glory” herself.
Throughout the day, the Americanism Center Museum is open to explore. The museum features three rooms, each dedicated to a specific vision. The first is a military museum and includes photos, uniforms, essay from various schools, presidential photos, and scout photos among other items. The second museum depicts an early history of Waubeka with memorabilia and furnishings from the post office, general store, hardware store, butcher shop, barbershop, and much more. The third museum is completely dedicated to Bernard J. Cigrand—his writings, photos, history, and homestead.
The whole museum is open to the public throughout the year by request at (262) 483-2576.