Celebrate Independence Day at the Parades & Fireworks near you!
Alcott Park: July 4 – The parade assembly marches into Alcott Park at 9 a.m., where children will receive free ice cream. There will also be children’s games and contests all day. The fireworks ground display starts at 9:15 p.m.
Enderis Playfield: July 4 – Parades depart from 81st St. School and Mother of Good Counsel Church bright and early at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:15 a.m. flag raising and music concert/sing-along. Contests and games continue throughout the day, including a fire department water cannon display and watermelon eating contest.
Gordon Park: July 4 – Gordon Park will celebrate the fourth with a series of live music, theater, and dance performances beginning at 1 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Humboldt Park: July 4 – The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Avenues; the afternoon children’s parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Games, contests and activities continue throughout the day, and there is live music starting at 3 p.m. The night closes with an expanded fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Jackson Park: July 4 – Children’s parades begin at 8:45 a.m. with ice cream at 9 a.m. A flag raising ceremony and kids’ contests round out the morning. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Park: July 4 – The park hosts a neighborhood talent contest at noon today. See the flyer for information about auditions.
Lake Park: July 4 – Parades from Hartford and Maryland Avenue Schools start at 9 a.m. with art projects and other parades, like a doll buggy, coaster and tricycle parade, to follow throughout the day. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Lincoln Park: July 4 – You’ll have to check out another park for daytime festivities but you can make your way to Lincoln Park for fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
McGovern Park: July 4 – A flag raising and opening ceremony starts the day at 1 p.m., followed by talent shows and a karaoke showcase. McGovern won’t have fireworks, but nearby Lincoln, Noyes and Washington Parks will have plenty of sky candy.
Mitchell Park: July 4 – A school parade is held at 8:45 a.m., with a flag raising in front of the Domes taking place at 10 a.m. Games kick off right afterward, as well as a 2 p.m. talent show and music from DJ Dan Variety from 6 to 9 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Noyes Park: July 4 – A parade leaves at 8:45 a.m., with a flag raising and ice cream at 9:45 a.m. Games begin at 10:45 a.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Sherman Park: July 4 – The parade leaves from St. Catherine’s Church at 9:30 a.m. with ice cream at 10:30 a.m. Deck out your bikes and trikes for the parade and the judging that follows at 11:15 a.m. The celebration goes through the day with games and prizes.
Washington Park: July 4 – The day begins with a flag raising at 11 a.m., then hosts games and contests until the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
Wilson Park: July 4 – The parade commences at 9 a.m. Music, contests and crafts follow until 3 p.m., when The Greater Milwaukee Figure Skating Club puts on a free ice show at the Rec Center, 4001 S. 20th St. A talent contest for ages 5-19 follows at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
U.S. Bank Fireworks, Veterans Park: July 3 – Fireworks start at dusk, but activities run all day long in Veteran’s Park on the lakefront. This is by far the biggest and most popular fireworks display in the area. Our advice is to camp out early with your blankets for a good seat.
Cities Near Milwaukee
Bayside: July 4 – The village’s annual parade starts at 9 a.m. at Bayside Middle School. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and join in the procession (plan to gather at the school around 8:45). Festivities follow at Ellsworth Park and include Bayside’s Best Dog Competition.
Brookfield: July 4 – A parade for the city begins at 10 a.m. on July 4 running on Calhoun Road between North Avenue and Gebhardt Road. The city’s annual Ice Cream Social and ceremony follows the parade in the Civic Plaza between City Hall and the Safety building. Mitchell Park hosts Family Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 4 with family-oriented activities. The city’s fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. in Mitchell Park. The Town of Brookfield will also host another parade at 9 a.m., running from Elmbrook Church to Marx Park, where there will be ice cream, games, cotton candy, a pie-eating contest, brats, burgers, and hot dogs.
Brown Deer: July 4 – This year’s Fourth of July celebration will be held at Village Park and features a hometown parade, games, bingo, and a fireworks display. Musical entertainment includes Andrea and the Mods and the Marydel Rae Duo.
Butler: July 4 – Stake out a spot between 127th Street and Arden Place and Frontier Park to catch the parade at 2 p.m. There’s a Fire Department Breakfast, swap meet, garden walk, and more. Fireworks light up the park at dusk.
Cedarburg: July 4 – The day kicks off early with the Dennis Krzykowski Memorial 5K Family Run at 8:30 a.m. at Cedar Creek park. A community parade starts at 10 a.m. at Firemen’s Park and runs south along Washington Avenue. It’s followed by festivities at Cedar Creek Park, including music, a daylong picnic, and children’s activities. Fireworks light up the sky at 9:30 p.m.
Cudahy: July 4 – Cudahy’s parade steps off at noon, starting at Grange and ending on Armour Ave.
Delafield: July 4 – A 10 a.m. parade runs from Main Street to the Delafield Legion Post. Fireworks light up the sky at dusk July 6 over Lake Nagawicka.
Elm Grove: July 4 – An Independence Day Fun Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. in the village park and is followed by a bike decorating contest at 11:45 a.m. at the fire house. Carnival games, rides, a “No Crybabies Baking Contest” and live music round out the day’s activities. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. (Rain date for fireworks July 5, 9:30 p.m.)
Fox Point: July 4 – A parade steps off at the Fox Point police station at 9 a.m. today and winds its way to Longacre Pavilion.
Franklin: July 2-4 – The city of Franklin 2012 Civic Celebration features two days of celebration centered at Lions Legend Park, running Tuesday 5 p.m.-midnight and Wednesday . The celebration features a children’s parade at 10:30 a.m. and a main parade at 11 a.m. on July 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. along Highway 100 and Loomis Road. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on the Wednesday at W. Loomis and Forest Hill Roads, followed by a day of free ice cream, family activities, and live music. Fireworks are set for July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Germantown: July 4 – The noon parade winds from Pilgrim Road and Francese Drive to Firemen’s Park, followed by a day of family fun. Fireworks send off the day in style at dusk in the park.
Grafton: June 30 – The Holidaze festival features the largest fireworks display in Ozaukee County at dusk in Lime Kiln Park. The Jaycees host a corn roast and the American Legion has bingo, plus kids can enjoy inflatables and games all day long after watching the parade march in from Rose Harms Legion Post at 2 p.m.
Greendale: July 3-4 – The Lions Club will be hosting two days of entertainment in the tent next to the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale. Food and beer will be available, and musical acts include Freddy & the Cruisers, Geoff Landon and Friends, and Fran the Piano Man. See the website for more details.
Greenfield: July 4 – Just next door, Greenfield rings in the Fourth with a parade at 12:30 p.m. starting from Layton Ave between 68th and 51st Streets. Konkel Park will be the site of a day-long event filled with family fun and live entertainment, ending with fireworks just after dusk.
Hales Corners: July 4 – Hales Corners starts July 4 off early with the 8 a.m. Firecracker Four Run in Hales Corners Park and New Berlin Road. There’s an antique and classic car show at Holz Chevrolet from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Children’s Parade starts at 9 a.m. The fire station hosts an open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A pie/dessert baking contest starts at noon. The “Big Parade” starts at 4 p.m. beginning at 102nd Street and Forest Home Avenue and ending at Village Hall. The fireworks go off at dusk in Hales Corners Park. The Hales Corners Park pool also features food and live music from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hartford: July 4 – Set up along Main Street for the parade at 2 p.m., then swing by Veteran’s Memorial Park for fireworks once the sun goes down.
Hartland: June 29-July 1 – Hartland’s Hometown Celebration Weekend includes fireworks Friday evening at Nixon Park and a parade on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Kenosha: July 1-4 – The Civic Veterans Parade starts the festivities July 1 at 2 p.m. with a lineup starting east down 60th Street, winding around Library Park, and continuing north down 6th Street. The parade will feature Miss America 2012, Wisconsin’s own Laura Kaeppeler. A celebration at the Pennoyer Park Bandshell will follow the parade. Fireworks will be launched on the 4th at 9:30 at the east end of Harbor Park and can be viewed all along Kenosha’s lakefront.
Menomonee Falls: July 3 – The Independence Day parade will be held on Tuesday, July 3. Call (262) 255-5125 for more information.
Muskego: July 3 – Head to Idle Isle Park for fireworks at dusk.
New Berlin: July 2-4 – New Berlin’s festivities run through Wednesday in Malone Park, 2805 S. Casper Dr. The National Dash, a 5K run or two-mile run/walk, steps off Wednesday at noon. The main parade starts at 1 p.m. and runs along National Avenue. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Live entertainment, rides, games and even a petting zoo will be around daily.
Oak Creek: July 4 – Celebrate America’s birthday with a parade at 9 a.m., which kicks off at the corner of Groveland Drive and Shepard Avenue and ends at the American Legion. There is free ice cream and T-ball and baseball games in Upper and Lower Legion Park after the parade. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Oconomowoc: June 30 – The parade starts at 4 p.m., traveling from Roosevelt to Fowler Park.
Port Washington: July 4 – Celebrations kick off with an 11 a.m. parade in Downtown Port Washington, followed by a picnic at Veterans Park and fireworks along the lakefront at dusk.
Pewaukee: July 4 – The Pewaukee Water Ski Club show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Racine: July 4 – Racine’s Fourth Fest features one of the largest parades in the Midwest. Get there early to stake out a spot to watch it along its 2.6-mile route down Main Street. Pre-parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Fireworks finish off the day along the lakefront 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 in Peninsula Park for the fireworks at dusk.
Shorewood: July 4 – The parade steps off at 3:30 p.m. from Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard and ends at Spector Field at River Park. Free ice cream and children’s games follow on the High School Athletic Field. Live music, food, and activities begin at 6 p.m. at Atwater Park and continue until the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
South Milwaukee: July 4 – Grant Park is the site of South Milwaukee’s festivities, starting with a kiddie parade at 10 a.m. and followed by live entertainment, prizes, ice cream, and costumes.
Sussex: July 4 – Get ready for the fireworks at 9:20 p.m. in Sussex Village Park.
Watertown: July 3-4 – Riverside Park hosts an evening of pre-holiday live entertainment on June 3 beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 9:45 p.m. with fireworks. The next morning the parade kicks off the fun at 10 a.m. at Main and Water Streets and proceeds to Riverside Park, where a day of fun follows.
Wauwatosa: July 4 – The North Avenue parade begins at 9 a.m. Afternoon and evening events, which include pony and camel rides for the kids, inflatables, live music and performances from the Milwaukee Public Theatre start at 12:30 p.m. in Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Waukesha: July 4 – The parade starts at 11 a.m. and travels from Cutler to Frame Park. The Waukesha County Exposition Center will host the city’s fireworks. Grounds open at 7:15 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
West Allis: July 2-4 – Head over to Hart Park for a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
West Bend: July 4 – The parade lines up at 9:30 a.m. at Badger Middle School and ends at Regner Park. Move to Riverside Park at dusk to catch the fireworks.
Whitefish Bay: July 4 – Watch the parade en route from East Silver Spring Drive and North Kent Avenue to Klode Park at 11 a.m., followed by fireworks in the park at dusk.
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