2015 Fourth of July fireworks and parades guide
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Once again, we've reached our country's most patriotic time of the year. There's nothing better than grabbing a blanket and loved ones and heading down to your nearest park for some festivities, firework-gazing and appreciation of the good ol' U.S. of A.
Here is your ultimate Milwaukee guide to where to picnic, see the parades and ooh and ahh at the bright booms.
Alcott Park: July 4 – The parade assembly marches into Alcott Park at 9:45 a.m., where children will receive free ice cream. There will also be children's crafts and games all day. The fireworks ground display starts at 9:15 p.m.
Enderis Playfield: July 4 – Parades depart from 81st Street School and Mother of Good Counsel Church bright and early at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:15 a.m. flag raising ceremony and a 9:45 a.m. music concert. 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 parade at 11 am. followed by a day of live music, children's activities and art projects. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Humboldt Park: July 4 – The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Kinnickinnic and Linus Street; the afternoon children's parade begins at 1 p.m. Games, contests and activities continue throughout the day, and there is live music starting at 7:15 p.m. The night closes with an expanded fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Jackson Park: July 4 – Children's parade begin at 8:30 a.m. with ice cream at 9 a.m. A flag raising ceremony followed by a poster contest, children's games, and various demonstrations and activities round out the day. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Park: July 4 – The park hosts a bike decorating contest starting at 11:30 a.m. followed by a neighborhood talent contest at 12 p.m.
Lake Park: July 4 – Parade from the Hartford Avenue School starts at 9 a.m. with art projects and other activities, 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.
Mitchell Park: July 4 –A school parade is held at 9 a.m., with a flag raising in front of the Domes taking place at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be children's games, contests and a talent show at the band stand. The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Noyes Park: July 4 – A parade leaves at 9 a.m., with a flag raising at 9:45 a.m. and ice cream at 10 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 and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. The celebration, which starts at 11:15 a.m. following a ceremony, 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. Finish off the day with fireworks beginning 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.
Suburbs and beyond
Brookfield: July 4 – A parade for the city begins at 10 a.m. on July 4. The city's annual Ice Cream Social (with lemonade!) 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 9:15 p.m. in Mitchell Park.
Brown Deer: July 4 – This year's Fourth of July celebration will be held at Village Park and features a hometown parade, live entertainment, a beer tent, food, and a fireworks display at dusk.
Cedarburg: July 4 – 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 grilled foods, music, and children's activities. Fireworks light up the sky at 9:30 p.m.Cudahy: July 4 – Cudahy's parade steps off at noon on Lake Drive. At Sheridan Park, enjoy an afternoon of high school cheer and musical performances and food. A fireworks display will start at dusk.
Delafield: July 3 – Start the celebration a day early with a 10 a.m. parade running from Main Street to Lapham Peak Road, south of the Delafield Legion Post. Fireworks at dusk.
Elm Grove: July 4 – In Village Park, catch fun activities including a fun run/walk, bike decorating, baking contest and more. Fireworks will start at dusk.
Franklin: July 2-4 – The city of Franklin 2015 Civic Celebration features three days of celebration centered at Lions Legend Park. A children's parade, carnival rides, kids activities, live entertainment and tasty treats are packed into this fun weekend. Fireworks are set for July 4 at dusk.
Germantown: July 4 – Celebrate the day with a parade at noon and fireworks at dusk in Fireman's Park.
Glendale: July 4 – Begin the morning with a children's parade at 10 a.m. followed by the community parade at 10:30 a.m. Feast on a Happy Birthday USA cake, enjoy music, and have fun with kids games and crafts until 3:30 p.m. in Kletzsch Park. At 6:00 p.m. Serious Trouble will take the stage and the night ends with fireworks.
Grafton: July 3 – The Holidaze festival features the largest fireworks display in Ozaukee County! But before the big booms catch fire in the night sky, watch the 11:00 a.m. parade beginning at the Rose Harms Legion Post (traveling south on 12th Avenue) and enjoy afternoon activities including bingo and root beer floats in Kiln Park.
Greendale: July 2-4 – The Lions Club will be hosting three days of entertainment in the tent next to the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale. Food and beer will be available, and musical acts include Cold Sweat & Brew City Horns, Bobby Way & Way Outs, Superfly, Jackie Brown & The Boys, and Rhythm Method. Fireworks at dusk on Saturday.
Greenfield: July 4 – Just next door, Greenfield rings in the Fourth with a parade at noon featuring the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band. Konkel Park will be the site of a day-long event filled with family fun and live entertainment, ending with fireworks just after dusk.
Kenosha: June 28 and July 4 – The Civic Veterans Parade starts the festivities June 28 at 1 p.m. On July 4th, you can enjoy food, refreshments, and live entertainment at Harbor Park. Fireworks will be launched at 9 p.m. at the east end of the park and can be viewed all along Kenosha's lakefront.
Menomonee Falls: July 3 – The Independence Day parade will be held at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at the football field later in the evening.
New Berlin: July 2-4 – New Berlin's festivities take place in Malone Park, 2805 S. Casper Dr. The main parade runs along National Avenue. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. A carnival, live entertainment, bake-off 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 at the corner of Groveland Drive and Shepard Avenue and ends at the American Legion. There is free ice cream and live entertainment after the parade. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Port Washington: July 4 – Celebrations kick off with an 10 a.m. parade in Downtown Port Washington, followed by an ice cream social, kids games and activities at Veterans Park. Fireworks will be launched along the lakefront at dusk.
Pewaukee: July 4 – A late start celebration begins with a parade at 4 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
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. Fireworks finish off the day along the lakefront (North Pier) 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 at dusk.
Shorewood: July 4 – Fun begins at 6 p.m. at Atwater Park and continues until the fireworks show at dusk.
South Milwaukee: July 4 – Grant Park is the site of South Milwaukee's festivities, starting with a children's parade at 10 a.m. and followed by activities, prizes, and ice cream. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Sussex: July 4 – Lineup for the kiddie parade begins at 9:15 a.m. The parade marches west on Main Street. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be ice cream and carnival games. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks will launch at dusk.
Wauwatosa: July 4 – The North Avenue parade begins at 9 a.m. Afternoon and evening events, which include inflatables and rides for the kids, live music and performances in Hart Park. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Waukesha: July 4 – The parade starts at Cutler Park and travels to Frame Park. The Waukesha County Exposition Center will host the city's fireworks, which begin at dusk.
West Allis: July 4 – A grandstand show featuring live music and a flag ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
West Bend: July 4 – The parade lines up at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street and ends at Regner Park. Enjoy live entertainment, root beer floats, and activities in Regner Park until 4:30 p.m. Move to Riverside Park at dusk to catch the fireworks.
Whitefish Bay: July 4 – Watch the parade en route starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by live music, games, contests, and food vendors in Klode Park. Fireworks start at dusk.
Please add Glendale: July 4 -- Kids, bring your decorated bicycles for the Children's Parade which starts at 10:00 a.m. at Parkway School on Milwaukee River Parkway followed by the great community Main Parade at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, join us for the Glendale Gathering and Games until 3:30 p.m. Come to the main tent at the end of the parade route for a Patriotic Sing Along right after the parade, followed by free Happy Birthday USA cake, games and activities for the kids including a dunk tank, bouncy houses, tennis, basketball, crafts, disc golf, bean bag toss, field games food, music, gymnastics performances, Irish dancing, great local bands and more! Enjoy fabulous fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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