As mentioned in a previous blog post about Rhythm & Booms, I’ve gone several times to see the action at Warner Park, and while Madison’s annual celebration of Independence Day is a fun time for all ages, the traffic nightmares after the event keep me from going more regularly. For example, I’ve sat in traffic for two hours only to move a few hundred yards, and I’ve feared for my safety on a bike as pedestrians and cars continue to block your way.
That’s why I appreciate the alternate locations to watch Rhythm & Booms, and here are some suggestions:
- Governor Nelson State Park. Beautiful view from across the lake. Read why I like this spot a lot.
- Nob Hill/WEAC. A surprising amount of people know about this hilly area just off Rimrock Road. The high vantage point lets you see the fireworks despite being so far away.
- Memorial Union Terrace and Observatory Drive. Can be extra fun if you plan on going out afterward. You’ll have to get to the Terrace somewhat early, though.
- Lake Mendota. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to a boat, Rhythm & Booms is enjoyable to see from the water. Just remember that if you don’t have a private dock, you may encounter car traffic after you get off the boat.
- James Madison Park, Tenney Park and Marshall Park. The first two get you a bit closer to the action, though it can be difficult to find parking. Marshall Park is small and worth it if you live right there, but otherwise I would just drive a little further to Governor Nelson.