Milwaukee is the perfect place to be when celebrating any kind of event, and with an occasion like Independence Day, the city has a lot to offer. If you’re still looking for something to do this Fourth of July, here’s a guide to plenty of fireworks and surrounding celebrations happening in and around town.
3751 S. 97th St.
Located outside of Greenfield, Alcott Park will have ice cream and games from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, finishing up with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Downtown Milwaukee lakefront fireworks
Don’t miss the return of the beautiful July 3 fireworks display over the lake by heading down to Veterans Park on Sunday night. The show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will last for 45 minutes. For more info, click here.
Dr. M L King, Jr. Park
1531 W. Vliet St.
Arts, crafts, and food will be available at 11 a.m., and a talent show will be held at noon. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. as well as prizes.
2978 N. 72nd St.
At 8:30 a.m. on the Fourth of July, a parade will take place in the park followed by music, games, and food at 9:30 a.m. A Milwaukee Fire Department water canon demonstration will end the celebration at 11:15 a.m.
2828 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Nested between Riverwest and the East Side, Gordon Park will start its Independence Day celebrations with a parade at 11 a.m. From noon until 4 p.m., there will be local entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.
3000 S. Howell Ave.
Bay View has all sorts of fun planned for the Fourth of July, starting with the parade at 9 a.m. There will be a donut hole eating contest that welcomes all ages at 12:15 p.m., as well as the chalet talent show beginning at 2:30 p.m. Then, later at night, the fireworks will take off at 9:15 p.m.
3500 W. Forest Home Ave.
Jackson Park’s parade begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with a flag-raising ceremony and other various activities. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. here.
3233 E. Kenwood Blvd.
At 9 a.m., the parade will begin followed by ice cream and contests for all ages. The talent show begins at noon while fireworks will take place at 9:15 p.m.
1301 W. Hampton Ave.
No daytime activities – but fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.
2600 W. Pierce St.
Several different school parades will be held at 9 a.m. at three different locations: National Avenue and 4th Street, Mitchell Street and 23rd Street, and Scott Street 30th Street. A flag-raising will happen after the parade at 10 a.m., along with a costume contest, games, and a pie-eating contest at 11:45 a.m. DJ music at the center of the park begins at 6 pm. and will continue up until the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
1601 W. Howard Ave.
This parade starts at 9 a.m. and starts at S. 20th St. & W. Howard Ave., winding around until it ends at Wilson Park. Food and ice cream will be available afterward and fireworks will be at 9:15 p.m.
N. 40th St. & W. Galena St.
No daytime activities – but fireworks will happen at 9:15 p.m.
Brookfield: July 4 – A parade for the city will step off at 10 a.m. The flag raising ceremony immediately follows the parade in the Civic Plaza. Mitchell Park hosts Family Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. with family-oriented activities. The city’s fireworks start at 9:17 p.m. in Mitchell Park.
Brown Deer: July 4 – The Fourth of July parade is unfortunately canceled this year in Brown Deer due to construction, but the rest of the festivities are on beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Village Park with a cornhole tournament, a beer tent, food trucks and a fireworks display.
Cedarburg: July 4 – A community parade starts at 10 a.m. at Firemen’s Park, returning to its usual route along Washington Avenue before heading on Spring Street. The event will be followed by an all day picnic at Cedar Creek Park, with fireworks wrapping up the festivities at dusk over Adlai Horn Park.
Cudahy: July 4 – After the bike parade pedals away at 11:30 a.m., Cudahy’s proper parade will take off at noon on Grange and Packard Avenue, ending at Layton and Lake Drive. After the parade, enjoy an afternoon of food, drink, a free ice cream and Cracker Jack station, games and more at Library Square. A fireworks display, launched from the Water Department pump station on the lake, will start at 9:15 p.m.
Delafield: July 2 – Live in Lake Country, fireworks will go off over Lake Nagawicka beginning at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.).
Elm Grove: July 4 – It’s a full day of fun on the Fourth, beginning with a fun run/walk at 8:30 a.m. followed by games, bike decorating, demos, food trucks, beverages, a DJ in the park and more. Fireworks will top off the night, following the National Anthem at 9:30 p.m.
Franklin: July 1-4 – Get ready four days of Fourth of July in Franklin. All centered at Lions Legend Park at Loomis Road and Drexel Avenue, the four-day fest will feature rides, food, a children’s parade as well as a main parade, a first-ever cornhole tournament and more. The fireworks finale is then set for Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Germantown: July 4 – Celebrate the day with a parade at 3 p.m. beginning at the Germantown Post Office. As the parade ends in Firemen’s Park, food and live entertainment follows from 4:30-9:30 p.m. with a fireworks show occurring shortly after.
Glendale: July 4 – A parade, beginning at 10 a.m., will follow the Milwaukee River Parkway to Kletzsch Park. After the parade, enjoy lunch, dinner and all the snacks in between at the Food Truck Festival held in the park – complete with live music from The Toys and, at dusk, a grand fireworks display.
Grafton: July 2 – Kicking off at 11 a.m., the parade will travel through downtown Grafton to Paramount Plaza. Head to Lime Kiln Park at 5 p.m. for various festivities plus “The Best Fireworks Show North of Milwaukee” at dusk.
Greendale: June 30-July 4 – The Lions Club will host not four but five whole days of entertainment across from the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale. Food and beer will be available, and musical acts include Dirty Boogie, Cherry Pie, Rebel Grace, Mt. Olive, Bobby Way & The Wayouts and many more. Events will take place generally from 3 to 11 p.m. each day, with the fireworks taking place at dusk on the Fourth.
Greenfield: July 4 – Just next door, Greenfield will ring in the Fourth with a parade at 12:15 p.m. heading down to Konkel Park. There, festival fans will find family entertainment, competitions and a climactic fireworks show to wrap it all up taking to the skies at 9:45 p.m.
Hales Corners: July 4 – The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the Firecracker Four Run at Hales Corners Park. There’s even more fun to be had as the day continues with an antique car show, a parade, bed races, a pie baking contest and more. Fireworks begin at dusk, also in Hales Corners Park.
Kenosha: July 2-4 – While the fireworks will take off at 9:30 p.m. on Monday night at Harbor Park, there’s a full weekend of entertainment beforehand on the lakefront with plenty of live music, vendors and more.
Menomonee Falls: July 3 – After not hosting an Independence Day parade last year, the march is back for 2022, taking off at 7 p.m. with fireworks folllowing at 9:30 p.m.
New Berlin: July 2-4 – New Berlin’s annual family festival take place in Malone Park. The mini parade begins at 9:30 a.m., while the main parade starts at 1 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. A sheepshead tournament, live entertainment, pie competition and games will be around daily.
Oak Creek: July 4 – Celebrate America’s birthday with a parade at 9 a.m., which kicks off near Edgewood Elementary School and ends at American Legion Post 434. Later in the night, fireworks will begin at dusk over Lake Vista Park, with plenty of fun and activities hosted in between the two main acts.
Port Washington: July 4 – Celebrations kick off with a family fun day hosted at 11 a.m. with a picnic, games and other activities at Veteran’s Memorial Park, along with a Fourth of July pool party from 1-4 p.m. Fireworks will be launched along the lakefront at dusk.
Racine: July 4 – Racine’s 4th Fest features one of the largest parades in the Midwest. The parade steps off at 9 a.m., but get there early to stake out a spot to watch it along its 2.6-mile route down Main Street. Fireworks finish off the day along the lakefront (North Beach) at dusk.
Saukville: July 4 – The 1 p.m. parade starts at South Main Street and Rebel Road, followed by activities at Grady Park. Stake out a spot for the fireworks and fun at dusk at Peninsula Park.
Shorewood: July 4 – Fun begins at 3 p.m. with a parade down Oakland. Activities follow at Atwater Park and continues until the fireworks show at dusk or 9 p.m.
South Milwaukee: July 4 – Grant Park is the site of South Milwaukee’s festivities, including a plethora of races and games, a kiddie parade and fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. along the shores of Lake Michigan.
St. Francis: July 4 – The St. Francis Independence Day celebration will be held at Milton Vretenar Memorial Park. The patriotic festivies include a 2 p.m. parade, plenty of great food and drink options, and live entertainment from Cherry Pie at 6 p.m. The night will be completed with a fireworks display at dusk.
Sussex: July 4 – Have fun all day at Sussex Village Park with a kiddie parade stepping off at 9:30 a.m., family-friendly activities afterward, a splash pad for cooling off, concessions starting at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks launching at 9:20 p.m. – with the best view on the hill in front of the Lions Den Building.
Waukesha: July 4 – Celebrating both Independence Day and the city’s strength and resolve, Waukesha’s festivities will feature a 11 a.m. parade beginning and ending at Cutler Park. A neighborhood beer garden will pour from 4-10 p.m. in Lowell Park, with the city’s fireworks taking place at 9:30 p.m.
Wauwatosa: July 4 – Catch the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. on July 4 from Hart Park. Before then, though, the North Avenue parade will begin at 9 a.m., and a family fun fest will celebrate the special day at the Muellner Building in Hart Park starting at 3 p.m.
West Allis: July 1 and 4 – West Allis will bookend the weekend with festivities, with a 7 p.m. parade on July 1 marking the start of the city’s Fourth of July festivities through downtown West Allis. Then, on July 4, a grandstand show featuring live music and a flag ceremony starts at 8:30 p.m. at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Fireworks will immediately follow the show.
West Bend: July 4 – The Fourth of July parade will line up at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street and end at Regner Park. Enjoy live entertainment and more activities in the park – including a sand castle building contest, free root beer floats for kids and a duck derby – until 3 p.m. Move to Riverside Park at 7 p.m. for food and a DJ before catching the fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Whitefish Bay: July 4 – Watch the parade headed from Kent Avenue and Silver Spring, to Cahill Park starting at 11:30 a.m. Klode Park will be the place to be after the parade for kids games, live music and food vendors. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.