25 Dazzling Fourth of July Events for Families (2022)

Members of Discovery World can watch the lakefront fireworks from the docks.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and there are plenty of options for families to celebrate together this weekend, all over southeastern Wisconsin:

1. Greendale Lions Family Fourth Fest

Join the Greendale Lions Family 4th Fest, running June 30 – July 4. The festival features five days of amusement rides, live music, beer tents and more in Historic Downtown Greendale on Broad Street.

For more information please visit www.greendalelions.org 

2. Independence Celebration in Franklin

The Independence Celebration runs all weekend long in Franklin starting Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th in Lions Legend Park. There will be entertainment for all ages including carnival rides, food vendors, music, and more.

Website: franklinwi.gov

3. West Allis Independence Day Parade

July 1 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Start your holiday weekend off by bringing the whole family to the festive parade in downtown West Allis on Friday evening. Afterwards, there will be a fireworks show hosted by Festival Foods.

The West Allis Independence Parade is an annual holiday tradition and brings in about 6,000 attendees each year.

Kids will love the floats, marching bands vehicles, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

4. New Berlin Family Festival

July 2 – July 4

The New Berlin 4th of July Commission is hosting the 54th annual Fourth of July celebration Saturday, July 2nd from noon to 10:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3rd from noon to 10:00 p.m., and Monday, July 4th.

See the entire schedule here.

5. Military & Veterans Family Day at the Zoo

Sunday, July 3, 2022

To honor the military, all active and non-active military and their families (up to 10 members) are admitted to the Zoo free as a thank you for their services.  Advance tickets are required.

Check out the new Dino Don’s Dragon Kingdom exhibit behind the Small Mammals building!

6. Fireworks Kite Festival

July 3rd from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Veterans Park, area near Gift of Wings
Presented by Gift of Wings

See giant kites flying above the park and give kite-flying a try at free lessons.

It all takes place in the designated kite-flying area in Veterans Park. Bring your own kite or buy one at the Gift of Wings kite store. 

7. Independence Day Parade in Menomonee Falls

The Optimist Club runs the Independence Day Parade in Menomonee Falls which is always held on the evening of July 3 at 7:00 pm. The parade route starts on Appleton Avenue at Elm Lane and proceeds southeast to Woosencraft Drive, finishing on Titan Drive. Fireworks at Menomonee Falls High School follow after dark.

8. Milwaukee Lakefront Fireworks Display

July 3rd at 9:30 p.m.

Head to the lakefront for a dazzling 45-minute fireworks display. The show will start around 9:30 p.m., with fireworks launched from barges on Lake Michigan.

Members of Discovery World can watch the show from their docks at their Members Fireworks Party.

Family Events on the 4th of July (Alphabetical by City)


Brookfield Independence Day Parade

Brookfield Family Fun Fest

Brookfield Independence Day Fireworks


Fourth of July in Cudahy

Elm Grove:

Elm Grove Family Fun Fest

Elm Grove Independence Day Fireworks

Hales Corners:
Fourth of July in Hales Corners

July 4th in Germantown

Glendale’s Fourth of July

Fourth of July in Greenfield

New Berlin:
New Berlin Independence Day Parade
New Berlin Independence Day Fireworks

Oak Creek:
Fourth of July in Oak Creek

Port Washington:
Fourth of July Community Picnic in Port Washington

South Milwaukee:
Independence Day Celebration in South Milwaukee

St. Francis:
Fourth of July in St. Francis

Waukesha Independence Day Fireworks
Waukesha Independence Day Parade

Wauwatosa Independence Day Parade
Wauwatosa Independence Day Fireworks

West Allis:
West Allis Independence Day Grandstand Show and Festival Food Fireworks

West Bend:
Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks in West Bend

Whitefish Bay:
4th of July in Whitefish Bay

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