5 Events to Celebrate the 4th of July This Year

The 4th of July will be different this year, but you can still celebrate.

MOST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS and fireworks displays in Milwaukee were canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but there are still a few ways to celebrate safely.

1. Village of Greendale Fireworks

This year, the location of Greendale’s fireworks show is a secret. The Village will announce the location on Facebook at 8:30 p.m., about an hour before the show begins. The site will remain closed to the public — people are encouraged to watch from their homes to maintain social distancing.

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2. West Allis 4th of July Parade

This year’s parade is still on, but it’ll look a bit different than usual. The route is shortened, and the parade will only feature motorized vehicles instead of floats and people on foot. It begins at 6 p.m. at South 77th Street and West Greenfield Avenue — the full route is available on the West Allis website. Admission is free, and social distancing is encouraged, so don’t forget a mask.

3. Waukesha’s July 4th Reverse Parade

Instead of gathering to watch the parade go by this year, attendees will drive the route themselves, and the floats will be stationed beside the road. You can drive the route any time between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m, and goody bags will be given to the first 1,000 kids — check the Waukesha website for a map and directions.

4. Fourth Flyover

After the Waukesha reverse parade, step outside to see the Waukesha Commemorative Air Force and the T28 Trojan Horsemen fly by in celebration of the 4th of July. The show begins at 7:10 p.m. and will last just 15 minutes — don’t miss it.

5. 4th of July Gegenpress Dortmund Style Lager Release

Liven up your socially distanced 4th of July with Gathering Place Brewing Company’s new lager, which will be released Saturday. Plus, you can save up to 40% on select beer cases and 4-packs during Gathering Place’s 4th of July sale, which started June 29.

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Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.