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How will you celebrate Fourth of July? From parades to activities for the kids to fireworks shows, there isn't a shortage of events in the Milwaukee-Waukesha area. Chris Kuhagen/Now Media Group


The cities of Cudahy, St. Francis and South Milwaukee, plus the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, will again host Independence Day activities, punctuated of course by fireworks, on Tuesday, July 4.

Most of the events are in local parks, though certain activities such as parades take place elsewhere, or, as in the case of fireworks, can be viewed elsewhere.

RELATED: Your 2017 Fourth of July parades and fireworks guide for Milwaukee suburbs

Here is a roundup of the events.

Bay View

Milwaukee County Parks and the city of Milwaukee, with activities planned by the Neighborhood Committee, will celebrate the Fourth of July and several Milwaukee parks, including Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Bay View.

Activities are planned from 9 a.m. to the launch of fireworks at 9:15 p.m.. They are as follows:

  • 9 to 10:15 a.m. – Parade starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street to the park
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 1860s Old Time, two-team baseball game (at Keltner Baseball Field)
  • Noon to 12:20 p.m. – Registration for children’s buggy/wagon/bike contest for ages 2-12 (doll buggy for ages 2-8, coaster for ages 3-10, tricycle for ages 3-7, and bicycle for ages 7-12)
  • 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. – Children’s entertainment: “Princess of Magic” – north of pavilion during children’s contest
  • 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Donut & Donut Hole Eating Contest – in front of reviewing stage
  • 12:30 to 1 p.m. – Children’s buggy/wagon/bike contest judging
  • 1 to 1:45 p.m. – Children’s parade to chalet stage – awards presented to all
  • 2 to 2:30 p.m. – Dance at chalet stage: Jazzy Jewels – Senior Dance Ensemble audience dance contest follows: youth and adults with awards
  • 2:30 to 5 p.m. – Talent show at chalet – gift card prizes: ages 5-10, 11-14, 15-19 (pre-register by June 30; for information, call Jessica Chambers, 414-702-2079)
  • 7 to 7:15 p.m. – Posting of colors, National Anthem, announce awards and presentations
  • 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. – Chalet Concert: The Davis Family Band
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks 


Cudahy's 2017 Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks begins with a parade at noon and ends with fireworks that launch at 9:20 p.m. Additional activities will happen throughout the day in Sheridan Park, 4800 S. Lake Drive.

The parade will start at Grange and Packard avenues, then north on Packard to the intersection with Layton Avenue, then east on Layton, ending in Sheridan Park.

Activities in the park are as follows:

  • 2 p.m. – opening ceremony
  • 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. – local cheerleading performances
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. – Glen Gerard magic and illusion show
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Winter in the East (Music)
  • 5 to 7 p.m. - Superfly (Music)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. – Sensations

St. Francis

St. Francis' Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks start with a parade at 10 a.m. and end with fireworks that begin at 9:30 p.m. Most activities take place at Milt Vretenar Memorial Park, 4230 S. Kirkwood Ave. 

The parade route begins on East Howard Avenue around South Lipton Avenue, then east to the western driveway entrance to Vretenar Park. People who want to be at the park before the parade should enter in the eastern driveway entrance.

The activities in the park include community-centered events and music.

South Milwaukee

South Milwaukee's July Fourth Celebration 2017 runs from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave., Picnic Area #5.

Activities include:

All day – Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Mayor’s picnic with complimentary hot dog, popcorn, water, cracker jack and ice cream
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Bouncy houses
  • 7 p.m. – South Milwaukee Municipal Band concert
  • 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

Other festivities happening between 11:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. include races for kids, bike and costume parade and judging, and music performances.

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