With parades, music, fireworks and lots of other fun, Greenfield and West Allis will salute the Fourth of July.
The Greenfield Independence Day parade will step off at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 from 68th Street and Layton Avenue, heading straight east on Layton to Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave.
That's where the rest of the celebration will be held, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison Fifth Quarter Badger Band performance about 1:45 p.m.
The rest of the entertainment at the park will include lots of food, dance performances at 2 and 3:30 p.m., a pie-eating contest at 3 p.m. and live bands starting at 4 p.m. Pageants will be held to crown a Mini Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss Greenfield.
The band Dusty Jewel will entertain at 4 p.m. with Liquid Crush taking over at 7 p.m.
Fireworks will be at dusk.
Two days of celebrating separated by a Monday are planned in West Allis.
Sunday, July 2, will be the big day of celebrating with the parade and bands, food and other fun at Veterans Memorial Park. The actual July Fourth will be saluted on Tuesday with a free performance at the grandstand at the Wisconsin State Fair and fireworks.
There will be two new bands to look for in this year's parade. One will be the Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps and the other will be the Oregon High School marching band.
"We like to try new bands," said Rosalie Reinke, alderwoman who heads the city celebrations committee.
Christine Sweeney will be honored in the parade as winner of the theme-naming contest. Her entry was the springboard to the eventual theme of "Proud to be an American: United We Stand."
Also new this year will be Neil Diamond impersonator Eric Ebert entertaining at the grandstand on July 4. He was popular at this year's West Allis A La Carte event, so he is expected to be a crowd-pleaser, Reinke said.
A new feature of the Veterans Park celebration after the parade will be visits by food trucks to provide a menu choice. At least half a dozen food trucks will be on hand following the parade.
"They will have a very diverse menu," Reinke said.
Sunday, July 2, will start with the spotlight on the children. Judging of the children's coaster wagons, costumes, hat and bicycle decorating will be 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Centennial Park Plaza at the West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.
Providing musical entertainment at Centennial Park at the same time will be the Suburban Swing Band.
At 3 p.m., the Independence Day parade will step off at 77th Street and Greenfield Avenue, marching east to 70th Street. There it will turn south and go to National Avenue, ending at Veterans Memorial Park at 70th and National.
The post-parade celebrations will include a Fifth Quarter performance by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Echoes of Camp Randall marching band about 4:15 p.m.
Live music by Andrea and the Mods will take over until the celebration closes at 6 p.m. Besides music and the post-parade food trucks, a children's area will have inflatables and games.
At 8:30 p.m. at Wisconsin State Fair Park the city will present the free grandstand show with Neil Diamond impersonator Eric Ebert. Fair parking is $6.
Fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m.