Top Weekend Events For Kids (June 30-July 4, 2022)

Fourth of July events are going on all weekend long! Let us be your guide as you make your Independence Day plans. Here are our top picks:


1. Milwaukee Lakefront Fireworks

Sunday, July 3, 2022, 9:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE (Parking is $25 per car)

Head to the lakefront for the area’s biggest fireworks show – a display that lasts a good 45 minutes. The show will start around 9:30 p.m., with fireworks launched from barges on Lake Michigan. Pack a picnic and some beverages, and get there early to secure a spot and spend the day. There will also be a kite festival going on in the park (scroll down for more info). Learn more >>

For a complete list of Fourth of July festivities in the Milwaukee area, click here.


2. West Allis Independence Day Parade

Friday, July 1, 2022, 7 p.m.
Admission: FREE

West Allis Independence Day Parade
Photo Credit: westalliswi.gov

Start your holiday weekend off right by bringing the whole family to this festive parade in downtown West Allis on Friday evening. The West Allis Independence Day Parade is an annual holiday tradition that brings in about 6,000 attendees each year. Enjoy floats, marching bands vehicles, other exciting features, and, of course, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band! Get the details >>

For a complete list of Fourth of July festivities in the Milwaukee area, click here.


3. Military & Veterans Family Day (Milwaukee County Zoo)

Sunday, July 3, 2022
Admission: FREE (parking fees apply)

Photo Credit: Facebook, @MilwaukeeCountyZoo

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. Tickets can be picked up at your local CVSO office May 31-July 1. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Michelle Gore at 414-522-6629. Get the details >>

PLUS: All zoo visitors will enjoy reduced admission fees ($4 per person) on Monday, July 4th. (The parking fee of $15 still applies.)

For a complete list of Fourth of July festivities in the Milwaukee area, click here.


4. Fireworks Kite Festival

Sunday, July 3, 2022, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: FREE

While you’re waiting for the lakefront fireworks to start, you can watch giant kites flying above Veterans Park and try flying a kite with free lessons! It all takes place in the designated kite-flying area of the park. Bring your own kite or buy one at the Gift of Wings kite store. Get the details >>

For a complete list of Fourth of July festivities in the Milwaukee area, click here.


5. How to Train Your Dragon (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

Friday, July 1, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $12.50-$57.50

Watch the film How to Train Your Dragon while the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs John Powell’s Oscar-nominated score live at the Bradley Symphony Center. DreamWorks’ captivating and original story is about a young Viking named Hiccup, who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes – a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, these unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds. Tickets start at $12.50 (special family pricing). Learn more >>


There’s so much more happening this weekend! Check out our Events Calendar >>

Need more inspiration? Here’s your Summer Bucket List >>


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