4th of July Fireworks and Festivals 

Fireworks shows are finally back! From neighborhood parks to the outlying suburbs, we know the best places to oh and aah in Milwaukee for the Fourth of July. With Independence Day falling on a Thursday this year, celebrations begin as early as Monday, July 1. Use this page to find where events and fireworks are happening all weekend long.

 

Lakefront Fireworks

Unfortunately, due to a lack of sponsorship funding this year, the Milwaukee County Parks Department has announced that the 4th of July Lakefront Fireworks will not be returning in 2024. You can read more about the cancelations here.

 

Milwaukee County Parks

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, Washington 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.
 

Cudahy

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.

 

Franklin

The City of Franklin hosts their 5-day long, annual Independence Celebration, right next to the Franklin Public Library. From live music, games, rides, contests and a parade, there is something for everyone here. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, and a bonus drone light show will begin at 9:30 p.m. the follow day, Friday, July 5.

 

Glendale

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 beginning at 9:00 p.m.

 

Greendale

Located in Greendale’s historic downtown, this festival runs for 4 days, from Wednesday, July 3 to Saturday, July 6.  The Lions Club Family 4th Fest will offer amusement rides, carnival games, festival food, a craft beer and wine test and more. Fireworks display starts at dusk on July 4.

 

Greenfield

Make your way to Konkel Park on Layton Avenue in Greenfield to celebrate the 4th of July. The Partners of Greenfield Parks and Rec put on an annual festival showcasing a beauty pageant, bike decorating content, free ice cream giveaway and live music! Fireworks will start at approximately 9:45 p.m.

 

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. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4.

 

Oak Creek

Oak Creek will celebrate their Citywide 4th of July Celebrating on Tuesday, July 4th, in Vista Park. The night will end with fireworks at dusk.

 

Shorewood

The Shorewood Foundation and Eastmore Real Estate invites you to come out and celebrate the Fourth of July at Atwater Park! Live music, food, drinks, and more will proceed the fireworks, starting at 9:00 p.m.

 

Wauwatosa

Festivities in Tosa begin at 9:00 a.m. on July 4 with a parade, followed by Family Fun Fest, live music and food. The location of Wauwatosa celebration has changed this year, from Hart Park to City Hall, due to construction at Hart Park. Additionally, the annual fireworks will be moved to August 7th to align with Tosa Night Out (only for 2024). 

 

West Allis

The celebrations in West Allis will culminate on two separate days. Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. you can find the West Allis Independence Day Parade traveling east down Greenfield Avenue and south on Orchard Avenue. Find your way to the West Allis Athletic Complex at Nathan Hale High School on Tuesday, July 4th for the City of West Allis’s July Grandstand and Fireworks show, with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

 

Whitefish Bay

The festival in Whitefish Bay begins at 11:30 a.m. on July 4 with a parade on Silver Spring Drive. Find your way to Klode Park for festivities including carnival games, fair food, rides and to top it off, a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.