From parades, to festivals to fireworks, the list of events in the Milwaukee-area on or around the Fourth of July holiday is plenty.

Check out our complete list of events below of communities in our coverage area.

Our list is broken into four groups based on counties (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington).

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Milwaukee County


Children's parade begins at 9 a.m. at Bayside Middle School, 601 E. Ellsworth Lane.

Bay View

9 a.m. parade starts at S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and E. Linus St. and proceeds to Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Bay View, on Tuesday, July 4. 

Children's games throughout the day at the park. 

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at Humboldt Park.

Brown Deer

Brown Deer's parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at Brown Deer Elementary School, 5757 W. Dean Road, and travels down 51st Street to Village Park, 4920 W. Green Brook Drive.

At Village Park, there will be games and live entertainment during the afternoon and evening.

Fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.


Parade starts at noon Tuesday, July 4. 

The parade will start at Grange Ave. and Packard Ave., then run north on Packard Ave. to the intersection of Layton Ave. and Packard Ave., then it will head east on Layton Ave. and end in Sheridan Park.

Additional activities will happen throughout the day following the parade in Sheridan Park.

Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m.

Fox Point

Parade begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Fox Point Police Department, 7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd., and will end at the Longacre Pavilion, 7343 N. Longacre Road. Social event for kids and families at the Longacre Pavilion to follow.


Franklin's Civic Celebration Saturday July 1 to Tuesday, July 4, at Lions Legend Park, located at Loomis Road and Drexel Avenue.

Celebration includes carnival rides and live musical entertainment.

Children's Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the police department; Main Parade at 11 a.m. running from W. Loomis Road and Forest Hill Avenue north on Loomis to Drexel Avenue.

Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. July 4.


Children's parade begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Parkway Elementary School, 5910 N. Milwaukee River Parkway. Main parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Parkway Elementary School, winding through Kletzsch Park and ending at the Kletzsch Park Pavilion.

Games, food and live music in Kletzsch Park, 6560 N. Milwaukee River Parkway, after the parade.

Fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. at the park.


Greendale Lions Family 4th Fest June 30-July 4

Event includes rides, a carnival, festival games, a craft wine and beer tent, domestic beer and festival food.

Parade at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.

A public reading of the "Declaration of Independence" to take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday July 4, at the flagpole in front of the Greendale Village Hall, 6500 Northway, Greendale, prior to the parade.

Fireworks at dusk on July 4.


Parade begins at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, from 68th Street and Layton Avenue, heading straight east on Layton to Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., where the rest of the celebration will be held.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Fifth Quarter Badger Band will play at the park around 1:45 p.m. Live musical entertainment begins at 4 p.m.

Fireworks will be at dusk at Konkel Park.

Hales Corners 

Children's Parade at the Hales Corners Elementary School, 11319 W Godsell Ave., begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. Children's games and ice cream to follow.

Main parade starts at 4 p.m., running from 102nd St. and Forest Home Ave. to village hall.  

Community bash, held at Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road, runs from 5-9 p.m. with music, food, and drinks, and features UW-Madison Fifth Quarter at 5 p.m.

Other activities span across the village throughout the day.  

Fireworks start at dusk at Hales Corners Park.

Oak Creek

Parade starts at 9 a.m. July 4, at the corner of Groveland Drive and Verdev Drive. It will wind its way through the city and end at the legion.

The day will include games, face painting, food and entertainment at The American Legion Post 434, 9327 S. Shepard Ave.

Fireworks at dusk on the East Middle School grounds, 9330 S Shepard Ave.


Parade along Oakland Avenue starts at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Kensington Boulevard, then heads south to River Park.

Festivities shift over to Atwater Park, where there will be food, beverages and a flag ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Live music at 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. at Atwater Park

South Milwaukee

10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Grant Park (Picnic Area No. 5), Grant Park Drive, South Milwaukee.

Activities during the day including the Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden, mayor's picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the South Milwaukee Municipal Band concert at 7 p.m.

Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 

St. Francis

Parade begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.

There will be community centered events in the park between the parade and fireworks.

The parade route begins on East Howard Ave. around South Lipton Ave., then it will head east to the western driveway entrance to Vretenar Memorial Park, 4230 S Kirkwood Avenue for fireworks and other festivities.

Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Vretenar Memorial Park.


Parade begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at North Avenue from 80th to 104th Street. The parade proceeds west on North Avenue between 80th Street and 104th Street.

Games and musical entertainment from 4 to 9 p.m. at Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut St.

9:15 p.m. fireworks show at Hart Park (Best viewed from open area between 70th – 72nd Street and the Rotary Stage).

West Allis

Independence Day parade begins 3 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at 77th Street and Greenfield Avenue and marches east to 70th, turning south and going to National Avenue, ending at Veterans Park at 70th and National.

Live music will take over until the celebration closes at 6 p.m. Food trucks and a children's area also available. 

Fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Before the fireworks, he city will have a free grandstand show featuring Neil Diamond impersonator Eric Ebert at 8:30 p.m.

Fair parking is $6.

Whitefish Bay

Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, on Silver Spring Drive at Kent Avenue. The parade travels east down Silver Spring Drive to Lake Drive, then north to Klode Park.

Klode Park Festival begins at 1 p.m. with a flag raising. A variety of games and children's activities will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Live music from 1:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks begins at 9:30 p.m. at Klode Park.

Ozaukee County


The roughly two-hour parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Cedarburg on Tuesday, July 4, followed by an all-day picnic and live music in Cedar Creek Park.

Fireworks at dusk.


Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1, at Grafton High School, 1950 Washington St., and continues west down Washington and then east on 17th Ave. to Centennial Park, 1370 17th Ave.

Fireworks at dusk at Centennial Park on July 1.


Fun Before the Fourth event: Parade, ice cream, food vendors, live music and fireworks on Saturday, June 24, to Thiensville Village Park.

Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road. Parade ends at Thiensville Village Park, 250 Elm St. Free ice cream will be served after the parade.

Live entertainment starts at noon and continues throughout the day.

Fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. at Thiensville Village Park. 

Port Washington

Parade begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, in downtown and Veterans Park, N. Lake St. Ice cream social, kids games and activities to follow.

Fireworks at dusk.


Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, with activities at Grady Park on N. Park St. to follow.

Fireworks will be held at dusk at Peninsula Park, 301 E. Clay St.

Waukesha County

City of Brookfield

Parade begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. Starts at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 Gebhardt Road, and will proceed west to North Calhoun Road before turning north, turning west on West North Avenue and then south on Norhardt Drive.

Ice cream social in the Civic Plaza, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, featuring a flag raising ceremony and other entertainment, to follow. 

Family Fest in Mitchell Park, 19900 River Road, starts at 6 p.m. 

Fireworks begin at approximately 9:17 p.m. at Mitchell Park.

Town of Brookfield

Parade lineup begins at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 4; parade begins at 9 a.m. from Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, and goes east on Davidson Road before turning south on Linden Lane and eventually ending in Marx Park. Marx Park will then host a variety of activities during the day.


Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The parade will march on 127th Street from Arden Place, north to Frontier Park. Other events during the day.

Fireworks start at dusk at Frontier Park.

Village of Elm Grove

Family Fun Fest set for Tuesday, July 4, in Village Park, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

Fun Run at 9 a.m. Other activities include a bike decorating contest at 11:30 a.m., a flag-raising ceremony at noon, a series of games throughout the afternoon.

Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in Village Park.

Menomonee Falls

Parade begins at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, on Appleton Avenue from Elm Lane to Menomonee Falls High School, W142 N8101 Merrimac Drive.

Fireworks will be shot from the football field at dusk on July 3.


Water Bugs Ski Team will put on an Independence Day show on Monday, July 3, at Idle Isle Park, W182 S6666 Hardtke Drive. Food, inflatables and interactive games all afternoon. The ski shows start at 6 p.m.

Fireworks will be at about 9:30 p.m. on July 3.

Parking will be at Idle Isle with overflow parking in a lot across Martin Drive in Park Arthur. A shuttle will take people to the event from the overflow parking, starting in the afternoon.

New Berlin

New Berlin's three-day celebration with carnival rides, live music and food, all at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway, is from Sunday, July 2, to Tuesday, July 4.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. July 4 on National Avenue, starting at Coffee Road and proceeding West to Al Stigler Parkway. 

Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Malone Park. 


Kiddie Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 in the parking lot of the Sussex Civic Center. Parade marches west on Main Street to Sussex Village Park at 9:30 a.m.

Children's games, crafts, face painting and ice cream will be held at the park at 10 a.m.

Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. at Village Park. 


Parade begins in the Cutler Park area, 321 Wisconsin Ave., with the following schedule at 11 a.m. 

Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road

Grounds open at 6 p.m. 

Washington County


Parade starts at noon on Tuesday, July 4, by the post office, W156N11301 Pilgrim Road, and run up Pilgrim Road to Park Street.

Food, vendors and entertainment at Firemen's Park throughout the day.

Fireworks start at dusk.

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