Your Guide to Milwaukee And Racine Area Fourth of July Celebrations

From fireworks to parades to community festivals, here's a look at what's happening around the Milwaukee area on Independence Day.

Here's your guide to Fourth of July celebrations happening throughout the metro Milwaukee area. Unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place on Wednesday, July 4.

Suburban Milwaukee And Racine Area

Bayside: Bayside's parade begins at Bayside Midde School at 9 a.m., ending at Ellsworth Park with an ice cream social and Bayside's Best Dog Competition. . There will be no fireworks display in Bayside.

Brookfield (city): The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Gebhardt Road near Brookfield Central High School, turns north on Calhoun Road, west on North Avenue, south on Norhardt Drive, ending at Civic Drive. From 6 to 9 p.m. Family Fest will be held at Mitchell Park, with the band Our House, Heads Up Juggling and magician Glen Gerard. Also on tap: games, food and fireworks at about 9:15 p.m.

Brookfield (town): The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Elmbrook Church and runs east along Davidson Road and then south on Linden Lane, ending at Marx Park, 700 S. Barker Road. The parade is followed by activities for children.

Cudahy: Cudahy's fireworks will be at 4800 S. Lake Drive. The parade will start at noon on Lake Drive, and it will run from Grange to Armour Avenue. More on Cudahy's celebrations.

Fox Point: Fox Point festivities include the annual parade, which starts at the Fox Point Police Station. The annual softball game will also take place, featuring village residents against the Fox Point Police. Kids will have an opportunity to jump around in a bounce house, play with clowns, and get their faces painted. . There will be no fireworks in Fox Point.

Greenfield: Greenfield will celebrate the holiday with daylong event at Konkel Park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. That event will include live music, activities for all ages, plenty of food vendors and fireworks at dusk. The parade will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will feature former Green Bay Packers lineman Mark Tauscher as the honorary grand marshal and appearances by the UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger.

Greendale: Greendale's daylong celebration will kick off at 9 a.m. with Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Village Hall. The reading will be followed by the parade, including a separate children's parade.  The fireworks display will start at 9:15 p.m. The American Legion and Greendale Lions Club will be selling a number of food items July 2 through July 4.

Muskego (JULY 3): The July 3 Muskego celebration will begin at 1 p.m. at Idle Isle Park, W182S6666 Hardtke Drive, opening with activities like a bungee run and rock climbing. A ski show will be held at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks (with a musical background) will begin around 9:15 p.m. .

Oak Creek: A parade starts at 9 a.m. at the corner of Groveland Drive and Shepard Avenue, and ends at the American Legion Post. The Legion Post will be the site of a daylong celebration featuring live music, food and more. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at East Middle School. .

Hales Corners:  A "Community Bash" includes a children's parade, classic and antique car show, a pie contest and open houses throughout the village. Events are held at different locations, and fireworks will begin at dusk at Hales Corners Park, 5765 New Berlin Road. More on the Hales Corners celebration.

Menomonee Falls (JULY 3): The parade begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Appleton and Elm streets, ending at Menomonee Falls High School. Fireworks shot form the MFHS football field begin at dusk. More on the Menomonee Falls celebration.

Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant (JULY 3): Sturtevant's Fireworks Festival begins at 4 p.m. July 3 at Firemen's Park, off of Charles Street between 90th and Wisconsin streets. Admission is free, parking on the grounds is $5 and carry-ins are discouraged. The day is filled with family-friendly activities, culminating in fireworks at dusk. .

Pewaukee: The 4 p.m. parade starts at Pewaukee High School and proceeds to Village Park along West Wisconsin Avenue along the beach. Enjoy food on the lakefront starting at 1 p.m. at 213 W. Wisconsin Ave., with a 6:45 p.m. ski show and fireworks at dusk. .

Port Washington: A downtown parade begins at 11 a.m., followed by a picnic in Veteran's Memorial Park Park. At the park, after the parade, there will be a ceremony to recognize the armed forces, a bike decorating contest, a watermelon seed spitting contest and a children's play area with a bounce house and live music. The lakefront fireworks display will be shot at dusk near Grand Avenue and Franklin Street.

Racine: The 8:30 a.m. pre-parade starts at the intersections of Goold and Main Streets and runs south down Main Street through Downtown then turns west on 14th Street. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and travels the same route. This is an extremely popular parade, leave early to get a good seat. Fireworks can be viewed anywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan starting at dusk. More on Racine Fourth Fest celebration.

Saukville: The Saukville parade starts at 1 p.m. starts at Rebel Road and South Main Street. After the parade, there will be activities at Grady Park, and food and beverages as well as music will be available in the park until 5 p.m. Everything moves to Peninsula Park at 6 p.m. with more food and beverages as well as live music until fireworks at dusk. 

Shorewood: The 3:30 p.m. Shorewood parade kicks off at Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard, ending at River Park, followed by free ice cream from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the park. Live entertainment will continue at Atwater Park. . .

South Milwaukee: Fourth of July celebrations at Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave., include a decorated bike parade, races and games for kids and free ice cream and caramel corn for children. Their fireworks display is set to begin around 9:30 p.m. More on the South Milwaukee celebration.

Sussex: The Fourth of July celebration in Sussex begins at 6 p.m. at Sussex Village Park with live entertainment from Rabid Aardvarks, a top 40s cover band. Fireworks will begin at dusk. .

Waukesha: A parade in Waukesha will step off 11 a.m. from Cutler Park, 321 Wisconsin Ave., and finish at the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St., in Frame Park. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Waukesha County Expo, and gates open at 7:15 p.m. .

Wauwatosa: Wauwatosa's parade begins at 9 am. and runs along West North Avenue from North 104th Street east to North 80st Street. The afternoon program begins at 12:30 p.m. at  and runs until 4 p.m. Among the activities will be pony rides, camel rides and a petting zoo, finishing with fireworks around 9:15 p.m. .

Whitefish Bay: The 11:30 a.m. parade will step off at Silver Spirng Drive and Kent Avenue, finishing at Klode Park. Activities at the park include kids games, live entertainment and plenty of food vendors. Fireworks are at dusk. .

City of Milwaukee parks celebrations

Alcott Park: A parade at 9 a.m. will march from 3575 S. 88th St. to Alcott Park, 3751 S. 97th St., where games will be held for both children and adults. There will be a talent contest at 2 p.m., and fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:15 p.m. More on Alcott Park's celebration.

Enderis Playfield: Parades will begin at 8:30 a.m., marching from the 81st Street School and MGC Church. At the playfield, 2978 N. 72nd St., The MGC Choir will hold a concert and sing-along after the parades, and don't miss the 11 a.m. fire department water cannon display. The "world famous" watermelon eating contest will begin at 11:15. More on the Enderis Playfield celebration. There will be no fireworks at this location.

Gordon Park: The parade to Gordon Park, 1321 E. Locust St., begins at 11 a.m., followed by music acts AstralSubastral and Trolley, along with hip hop and break-dancing workshops throughout the afternoon. Fireworks will begin around 9:15. More on the Gordon Park celebration.

Humboldt Park: The 9 a.m. parade to Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., begins at Kinnickinnic and Linus streets, followed by games, a donut hole eating contest, dance contests, a talent show and live music throughout the day. Fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m. More on the Humboldt Park celebration.

Jackson Park: Parades to Jackson Park, 3500 W. Forest Home Ave., begin at 8:45 a.m. from the Loyola Family Center and St. Gregory's. This celebration will feature ice cream, a poster contest presentation and children's games throughout the afternoon, followed by fireworks around 9:15 p.m. More on the Jackson Park celebration.

Dr. ML King Center: The MLK center, 1531 W. Vliet St., will feature a noon talent contest, for which auditions will be held prior to the competition. There will be no fireworks at this location.

Lake Park: The parade to Lake Park begins at 9 a.m. at Hartford and Maryland Avenue schools. The day will include children's games, a decorated bike parade and 9:15 p.m. fireworks at the park. More on the Lake Park celebration.

Lakefront (JULY 3): Lakefront celebrations on July 3 include an 11 a.m. kite festival and fireworks at dusk at Veterans Park, sponsored by US Bank.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., will include only fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

McGovern Park: McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51st Blvd., will not have a parade or fireworks, but will include appearances from government officials, followed by a hair show and karaoke showcase. Fireworks will be held at the nearby Lincoln, Noyes and Washington parks. More on the McGovern Park celebration.

Mitchell Park: The Mitchell Park celebration at 2600 W. Pierce St. includes a school parade starting at 8:45 a.m. Games, a talent show and entertainment from "DJ Dan" will follow throughout the afternoon and until the 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. More on the Mitchell Park celebration.

Noyes Park: The parade to Noyes Park, 8235 W. Good Hope Road, begins at 8:45 a.m., with games and ice cream throughout the day. Fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m. More on the Noyes Park celebration.

Sherman Park: A parade to Sherman Park, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Catherine's Church (52nd and Center streets). Events at the park include ice cream, games and decorated bike judging. More on the Sherman Park celebration. There will be no fireworks display at this location.

Washington Park: This location, at 1859 N. 40th St., includes games and decorated doll buggy and wagon contests. There will be no parade with this location, and fireworks are set to begin around 9:15 p.m. More on the Washington Park celebration.

Wilson Park: The 9 a.m. parades to Wilson Park, 1601 W. Howard Ave., will begin at the Harris Bank parking lot, 3131 S. 13th St., and Wilson Park Recreation, 3900 S. 20th St. The day's events include live music entertainment in the early afternoon, followed by a magic show, crafts, balloons and face painting for children. Fireworks are set to begin around 9:15 p.m. More on the Wilson Park celebration.

Brit Swisher June 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Wauwatosa Fireworks July 4th at Hart Park 9:15 PM


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