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Rhythm & Booms

Rhythm & Booms
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Rhythm & Booms CANCELLED for 2015

It was announced, in the Wisconsin State Journal today, that the Rythm & Booms fireworks festival has been cancelled for 2014 due to lack of funding. The festival was not paid for by the City of Madison and was privately funded by donations and sponsers. They needed $400,000 before Dec. 1st and did not reach that goal.

Rhythm & Booms schedule 2014

Saturday, June 28.

  • No wake zone on all of Lake Monona.
  • 4 a.m. John Nolen Drive closes to outbound traffic from Blair and Williamson streets to Olin Avenue. North Shore Drive closed from John Nolen Drive to Bedford Street. Broom Street closed from John Nolen Drive to Wilson Street.
  • 4 a.m.-2 p.m. Generators, stage, beverage, beer, food vendors set up.
  • 1 p.m. John Nolen Drive closes to inbound traffic from Olin Avenue to Blair Street. Buoy line set in lake for safety zone. 
  • 1:45 p.m. Shuttles from Alliant Energy Center begin.
  • 2 p.m. Rhythm & Booms activities begin. Music starts (stage is at intersection of John Nolen and North Shore drives). 
  • 5 p.m. Barges move into place.
  • 9 p.m. Music ends on stage. Announcements, National Anthem. Street lights shut off.
  • 9:30 -10 p.m. Rhythm & Booms fireworks show.
  • 10 p.m. Street lights on John Nolen Drive turned on. Shuttles to Alliant Energy Center start. Tear-down and clean-up begins.
  • 10-11 p.m. Stage near North Shore Drive provides music.

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2013 Rhythm and Booms
July 3rd, 2013, Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. and will last for 28 minutes

Rhythm & Booms 2013, scheduled at Warner Park on Madison's North Side on Wednesday July 3rd, 2013. There is NO Rain Date this year

Gates open at Noon and people can put out blankets and tarps but nothing can be staked down and no tents. Food and beverage will be on site starting at 4:30 pm. Coolers are allowed but no alcohol. There will be no music performances this year. Bring a radio and listen to WOLX.

The Park & Ride Shuttle is Sponsored by Holiday Fantasy in Lights.

Park in the Dane County Regional Airport Economy lot and take the shuttle bus service to Warner Park and back for $2 per person, round trip. Children under 4 ride free. Parking fees of $6 per vehicle (Cash only on entrance) will be collected by Dane County Regional Airport staff. Bus service begins at 5:30 PM and runs until the Economy lot is full.

2012 Rhythm and Booms
June 30th, 2012, Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Booms 2012, scheduled at Warner Park on Madison's North Side on Saturday June 30, 2012. Rain Date is Sunday July 1st, 2012.

7:30-11:30 AM    Run to the Rhythm – 5K and 5 mile Run and 5K walk
9 AM                    Bicycle Parade & Pinata Party at Bingo Tent
1-7 PM                 Bingo Tent (Sponsored by the North Side Community Council)
5-11:30 PM          Triple M & Budweiser Beer Garden, Food Courts
•   Rhythm & Booms® Tent - Oscar Mayer hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, brats, Pepsi
•   Milio’s
•   Famous Dave’s
•   JJ’s Concessions
•   All Star Catering
•   JD’s
•   Colonel’s Kettle Corn
•   The Almond Tree
•   Slide, LLC
•   Duke’s Expositions, LLC
                             Triple M Stage Schedule:
5:00–6:30PM      Triple M's “Project M Band Edition Challenge Winner” – The Family Business
6:50–8:20PM      Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans
8:30–9:30PM      Natty Nation
10:15–11:15PM  Natty Nation
5-9 PM                 Charlie / 
5-9:30 PM          Charlie & Budweiser Beer Garden
                        Budweiser and Pepsi
5:05 PM             Madison Mallards Baseball Game vs. La Crosse Loggers
6:30/9:20 PM     U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
9 PM                   F-16 Flyover
9:30 PM             Rhythm & Booms® World-class Fireworks



2011 Rhythm and Booms
July 2nd, 2011, Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Booms 2011, scheduled at Warner Park on Madison's North Side on Saturday July 2nd. Rain Date is Sunday July 3rd.

9 am Run to the Rythym
10 am to 8:30 pm Carnival rides and midway open
12- 4pm WOLX / Charter Kids area open
1- 11:30 pm Budwiser / WOLX area open. Admission free. $5 donation suggested. Music
2-7 pm Bingo Tent open
4-9 pm Charlie FM / Budweiser Beer Garden
5:05 pm Madison Mallards Baseball Game starts
5:15 and 9:05 pm U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team Jumps
9 pm Wis. National Guard F-16 flyover
9:30 pm Fireworks


2010 Rhythm and Booms

Rhythm & Booms 2010, scheduled at Warner Park on Madison's North Side on July 3rd, will feature two shows by the U.S. Army Golden Knights precision parachute team. Jumpers at 5:15 and 9:05 p.m.

The air shows are one of three new attractions, others are appearances by Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and his starfish sidekick, Patrick, and a middle-school flag design contest.

The Wisconsin National Guard will perform a four-ship fly-over by the F16s of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air Guard at 9 p.m., and the Army Guard Howitzer cannons will participate in the 1812 Overture.

The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Rain date is July 4th.

The 2009 Rhythm and Booms was canceled Saturday because of the threat of thunderstorms. All of those that spent the whole day staking out a special spot can do it all over again today because the show will go on tonight, 6/28/09, instead. Starting at 9:30 pm.

The 2009, 17th annual Rhythm & Booms, the largest single-day event in Wisconsin, is scheduled for June 27 (Rain date is June 28), also will feature two music stages, a food court and beer tents, which will all be open after the fireworks until 11:30 p.m. The fireworks celebration is traditionally held on the Saturday before the Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration. The fireworks usually continue, non-stop, for about 35 minutes which makes this display the longest in the midwest. 15,000 shells will be fired during that time.
The celebration usually attracts more than 300,000 people to Warner Park.Over 15,000 shells are expected to be shot off.
The fireworks and music show will begin at 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Booms is funded by sponsors including American Family Insurance, M&I Bank, WKOW Ch. 27, Charter Cablevision, the city of Madison, Dane County and many volunteers