MADISON Wis. — Wisconsin is coming back together just in time for July Fourth, and the contrast from last year couldn’t be more stark.

Last summer, from community celebrations to major tourism events, Wisconsin was forced to lock down while COVID-19 cases increased and hospitalizations surged: 

The New York Times: It’s July 4, but the Firework Shows Won’t Go On

Oshkosh Northwestern: Oshkosh Fourth of July parade, fireworks canceled due to coronavirus

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Small parties aren’t necessarily safe, and other things to know if you decide to celebrate July Fourth in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal: World Dairy Expo canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Now, thanks to President Joe Biden and Governor Tony Evers, the pandemic is under control, the state is reopening, and families are coming back together to celebrate the Fourth of July:

Racine County Eye: Racine 4th Fest Parade, Fireworks Are A Go

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune: Live summer events are coming back to the Wisconsin Rapids area. Here’s what you need to know.

ABC News (WBAY): Where to find fireworks, festivals and fun for the 4th of July

Wisconsin State Farmer: Find fun in the sun all summer long

NBC News (WJFW): Eagle River announces 4th of July parade marshals, theme

Milwaukee Magazine: 14 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: June 30-July 3

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