Wondering how to spend the Fourth this year? We’ve got a few bang-up ideas.
Independence Day celebrations are such a big deal in Milwaukee that festivities aren’t limited to a single day or location. Fireworks are the main attraction, but there’s much more to Independence Day than skyrockets in flight.
Head to the ‘Burbs
These communities light up the sky on the Fourth, but don’t miss out on the parades and carnivals, too.
This is the place to go for one of the largest Independence Day parades in Wisconsin – more than 25,000 spectators. The parade begins at 9 a.m., going west on North Avenue for nearly two miles. The party moves to Hart Park in afternoon for family events. Chicago Rewired, a tribute band, performs before the fireworks, set for 9:15 p.m.
The annual Fourth of July Hometown Celebration draws an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 spectators to the city’s historic district. Find a comfortable spot and settle in for the roughly two-hour parade, noted for showcasing award-winning drum and bugle corps, which steps off at 10 a.m. It’s followed by an all-day picnic in Cedar Creek Park, with live music and a fireworks display beginning at dusk.
A fireworks show in Malone Park at 10 p.m. on the Fourth caps off multiple celebrations in New Berlin. The festivities start at 5 p.m. July 2 with a carnival. On the Fourth, there’s a mini-parade in the City Hall parking lot at 9:30 a.m. for kids 11 and younger, who can show off their decorated bikes and wagons; the full-fledged parade begins at 1 p.m., going west along National Avenue from Coffee Road.