House of Harley-Davidson prepares for big 110th Anniversary
Over the course of next week, more than 500,000 guests are expected to visit Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration.
Chances are many of these visitors will descend on the House of Harley-Davidson, one of the oldest dealerships in the state located at 6221 W. Layton Ave.
To celebrate, the dealership is building up and holding its own six-day event on Layton Avenue between 60th and 64th Streets.
The set up is impressive and features a 560-pound motorcycle hanging from the beams. See the set-up here...
Highlights of events at the House of Harley include:
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Military Day
Public ride highlights Military Recognition Day, led by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and benefiting Fisher House Wisconsin. Ride begins at Greenfield High School parking lot and heads to the Civil War Memorial at the Zablocki VA Grounds near the Fisher House. Registration is $25 per person and includes a t-shirt.
Sony Music Nashville artist and American Idol alumnus Casey James will headline a full day of music on Military Day, featuring his sophomore single "Crying on a Suitcase."
The day will also include a flyover from the Wisconsin Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, full service Color Guard, and guests will be able to experience the U.S. Marine Corps' Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT) and explore Oshkosh Defense Military Vehicles.
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Law Enforcement Day
Public ride to benefit Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) will be led by television star Erik Estrada (Ponch from CHiPs). Registration is $25. Ride will go to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Memorial for a bike blessing.
A Ponch Look-Alike contest will be conducted in the morning, with prizes for the best costumes and a chance to meet the real Ponch.
American country music artist Chris Cagle will headline the music for Law Enforcement Day, featuring smash hits "Chicks Dig It," "I Breath In, I Breath Out," "Laredo," and "What a Beautiful Day."
The day will also feature a Marksmanship Competition, K9 unit demonstrations, SWAT team trucks and more.
Friday, Aug. 30 – Firefighter Day
Public ride benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Milwaukee will feature 1970s TV star from the hit show "Emergency!" Randolph Mantooth (Johnny Cage). Registration is $25. Ride will go to the Milwaukee lakefront for a firefighter display.
Country music artist Aaron Lewis (lead singer of Staind) will headline the Friday night celebration, singing his hit songs "Outside," which he recorded with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, "Country Boy," and "Endless Summer."
A special Firefighter Bar will be set up on Friday, and the day will also include a custom bike show in the morning and an auction in the afternoon.
Saturday, Aug. 31
Latin American riders are invited to enter their bikes in a Harlista Bike Show competition. Cash prizes will be given away as voted on by spectators.
Internationally renowned Beatles cover band The Britins will headline a full day of live music, food and activities on Saturday.
Sunday, Sept. 1 – Women Riders' Day
A day designed to celebrate the ladies who love Harley-Davidson will feature an open ride at 2 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation of Southeast Wisconsin. The ride will head to Milwaukee's lakefront and back to the House of Harley-Davidson. All participants will receive a commemorative 110th Anniversary pink t-shirt.
The day will feature Project Runway star Miranda Levy leading the commemorative ride, a personalized Pink Balloon Release Party, along with food, drinks.
Special vendors offering pink hair extensions, pink photos and more.
Monday, Sept. 2 – Ride to Miller Park
The culmination of the six-day celebration is a special ride to Miller Park for the 1:10 Brewers game. Ride is $25 and includes breakfast, ride, parking and ticket.
A pancake breakfast begins at 10 a.m. at the House of Harley-Davidson until 11:30 a.m., followed by the ride to Miller Park and parking near Helfaer Field to see the Milwaukee Brewers battle the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m.
All concerts are free to the general public. All commemorative rides are $25 and are capped at 1,000 bikes.
Watch our complete guide to all Harley 110th activities for more details.
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