Milwaukee Is America’s 7th Best City to Celebrate 4th of July

Milwaukee was just named one of the best places in America for the Fourth of July. We don’t disagree.

Milwaukee is one of the best places in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July, according to WalletHub.

We’re ranked seventh. We’re also also the smallest city in the top nine and the No. 2 city in the Midwest, behind only Chicago.

It makes sense. Milwaukee is a true melting pot, the 31st most racially/ethnically diverse city in the country, again according to WalletHub. (Yes, yes, we know we’ve disagreed with WalletHub in the past, but the website is complimenting us this time and we’re flattered.) It’s no wonder we go all out for the most patriotic day of the year.

We got most of our points for the flurry of public celebrations throughout the week of Independence Day. That’s not surprising. The City of Milwaukee even has a dedicated Fourth of July Commission to coordinate celebrations throughout the week.

Not only is Summerfest going on during the week, but there was also the Mad Max Run for motorcyclists on July 1 — the open road on a Harley, what’s more American than that?

Pretty much every suburb has some kind of fireworks display, and don’t forget the Fireworks Kite Festival at Veterans Park on July 3.

Franklin has a full-on carnival, as do Greendale and New Berlin. For a class drum & bugle corps show, check out the Rotary Music Festival on July 3 in Cedarburg. And if your dancing shoes have been underused, lace them up at Pat’s Oak Manor in South Milwaukee — seniors only at 12:30 p.m. on July 3, all ages at 7 p.m. on July 5.

For a look at some of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth, check out 6 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in Milwaukee in our July issue by contributor Rich Rovito.

WalletHub complimented how reasonable Milwaukee is on the wallet. Among the top 10, it’s the second-most affordable for the Fourth, behind only Denver.

Milwaukee’s July 4th celebrations also got a pretty good ranking for “Safety & Accessibility” from WalletHub, ranked 24th out of the top 100.

However, the most important aspect of enjoying your Fourth of July is probably the weather, because nobody likes grilling burgers in the rain. And is predicting a balmy 80 degrees with some cloud cover. Perfect.



Adam is a journalist who recently returned to his Wisconsin home after graduating from Drake University in December 2017. He interned with MilMag in the summer of 2015 and has been a continual contributor ever since. Follow him on social media @Could_Be_Rogan