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BRULE - This Independence Day some Northlanders wanted to express their patriotic pride a little differently."I wanted to go canoeing cause it's so nice out," said Tierney Stevenson who canoed on the Brule River.
The Stevensons are just one of many families who traded in their grill for a paddle.
"The canoe is just sitting there lonely calling our name,” said Mike Stevenson who canoed on the Brule River. “It had been a long winter and it was just tied up for too long."
This Independence Day hundreds of families ditched the barbeques, parades and fairs for the breathtaking views and smooth rapids on the Brule River.
"It's fun it's very fun, very, very busy today," said Mike French who took to the Brule River.
"This is a really great river to go on its sluggish, but still enough action to keep you interested," said Stevenson.
"If you fall out for the most part you can just stand up," said Stevenson.
“Sit back and enjoy the ride," said Tierney.
Some families say the ambiance of this adventure is more intimate and not as crowded as some 4th of July festivities.
"Just share time together and talk together without distraction," said Stevenson.
"There's a few nice places to get out and have a little picnic, we have a picnic lunch in our bag," said French.
This nontraditional way of celebrating the holiday has the canoes and kayaks at Brule River Canoe Rental in high demand.
"This weekend is probably going to be one of the busiest weekends of the year," Brule River Canoe Rental Owner Aaron Carlson said.
They're already pretty booked and estimate at least 1,000 rentals.
"There's only three months out of the year that you can really enjoy the best part of the Northern Wisconsin and it's right now," said Carlson.
Whether you're on the river or at a parade, "Happy Fourth of July everybody enjoy, said Stevenson. “Everybody's got their fun thing just enjoy it take advantage of it."