Rhythm and Booms

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Rhythm and Booms is an annual summer fireworks show in Madison, Wisconsin on John Nolen Drive and Lake Monona at the center of the city.


The show is held on the last Saturday in June. From its inception in 1993 through 2013 the event was held at Warner Park.[1]Upwards of 200,000 people have regularly attended the celebration.[2]

Location Change[edit]

In 2014, the fireworks display moved from Warner Park to downtown Madison. Environmental concerns, nimbyism, and cost reduction were all cited by city officials as reasons for the move.[3]


30 minutes of fireworks are launched from barges located in Lake Monona in a choreographed fashion to music broadcast over the radio.[4][5]


The show is owned and operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Madison Festivals, Inc. Some net proceeds from Rhythm & Booms go to local charities including American Family Children's Hospital.[6]


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