4th of July in Milwaukee

Special Event

Updated: June 28, 2022
Fireworks shows are finally back this year! From the lakefront to neighborhood parks, find the best places to oh and aah in Milwaukee for the Fourth of July.



Start your Fourth of July celebration off with a bang on July 3 with the long-awaited return of fireworks along Milwaukee’s lakefront! Though the show doesn’t start until around 9:30 p.m., you’ll want to head down early for a good seat. The park will be packed! Before the show, enjoy the view of giant kites soaring in the wind and take advantage of free kite-flying lessons at the Fireworks Kite Festival in Veterans Park. Then, settle in for the fireworks. 


Parks all over the city will be buzzing with parades, games, picnics and more on July 4. Fireworks will start around 9:15 at the following parks: Alcott Park, Gordon Park, Humboldt Park, Jackson Park, Lake Park, Lincoln Park, Mitchell Park, Noyes Park and Wilson Park.

Take a short trip outside city limits for fun celebrations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Some highlights include:

Brown Deer

About 15 miles north of Milwaukee, Brown Deer will celebrate Independence Day at Village Park, 4920 W. Green Brook Drive. Come for the food trucks, beer tent, live music and games beginning at noon and stay for the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


In the opposite direction, Cudahy is less than 10 miles from Milwaukee and has an all-day celebration planned for the Fourth, including a bike parade, free ice cream and Cracker Jacks, live music and, of course, a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.


Head to Kletzsch Park in Glendale for North Shore’s biggest, free, Independence Day celebration. Enjoy the parade, a food truck festival, birthday cake giveaway, live music and fireworks at dusk.

Hales Corners

Hales Corners’ will ring in America’s birthday in a big way. Activities include the Firecracker Four Run/Walk, an antique and classic car show, a children's parade with ice cream and games to follow, a patriotic pet costume contest, a performance by the UW Marching Band, fireworks and so much more.


Festivities in Tosa begin at 9:00 a.m. on July 4 with a parade, followed by Family Fun Fest, live music and food all leading up to the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.