Rhythm and Booms

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Rhythm and Booms was an annual summer fireworks show in Madison, Wisconsin.


The show was 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 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]


In 2015, after 22 years, the celebration was cancelled by event organizers. Rhythm and Booms has since been replaced by a new event, Shake the Lake.[4][5]


30 minutes of fireworks were launched from Warner park on Madison’s north side.


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


  1. ^ "Rhythm & Booms fireworks display to move to Downtown Madison". Wisconsin State Journal. July 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Traffic and parking plans in place for Rhythm & Booms on Lake Monona". Isthmus. June 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "New Rhythm & Booms location will save the city money, according to Mayor Soglin". NBC News Madison. July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ 3000, Channel. "New fireworks show to replace Rhythm and Booms". Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  5. ^ Severson, Gordon. "Rhythm & Booms replaced with Shake the Lake in downtown Madison". Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  6. ^ "Children's Hospital is official charity of Rhythm & Booms". June 26, 2014.

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Coordinates: 43°07′52″N 89°22′01″W / 43.131123°N 89.366827°W / 43.131123; -89.366827