We continue our series of great activities to enjoy in Milwaukee’s parks this summer with events for July: Bastille Days, the return of the Air and Water Show, the Great Circus Parade, the US Bank PGA Tour, and of course city-wide Fourth of July festivities.
See our guide for August here and check out our free summer music guide.
Garden Walk at Boerner Gardens
Wednesday, July 1: 6:30 pm
Star Spangled Banner
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm: July 1 – August 26
Terry Slims Band
Concerts at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Thursdays, through August 27: 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm: Through August 26
Pere Marquette Park
Fourth of July Events:
Fireworks Kite Festival
Friday, July 3: 11 am – 6:30 pm, then 7:30 pm until the fireworks start at 9:25 pm
This is a fun fly and all are welcome to participate. Our goal is to fill the sky with as many kites as possible.
U.S. Bank Fireworks
Friday, July 3: Begins at Dusk (Between 9 and 9:30 pm)
Watch the skies light over the lakefront in Milwaukee for 60 minutes of ‘oohs, and aahs,’ with more drama, artistry and surprise launch sites.
Get your spot early for the best show of the year that lasts nearly 1 hour at Veteran’s and Juneau Park
4th of July Celebration
Throughout Milwaukee County Parks
Enjoy fireworks at a park in your neighborhood!
4th of July Beach Party
Enjoy fireworks and special events during the fourth of July weekend at the beach!
July 9 – July 11: 11 am – midnight
July 12: 11 am – 9 pm
Cathedral Square Park
One of Milwaukee’s most distinctive ethnic festivals, Bastille Days at Cathedral Square Park features impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels, a variety of interactive and musical entertainment, French language and cooking lessons and the signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica. New this year: a kissing booth. FOR REAL!
July 10 & 24: 6:30 pm – midnight
For reservations call 414-453-4454
July 10, 17 & 31: 6:30 pm – midnight
For reservations, call (414) 481-1400
South Shore Frolics
July 10 – 12
South Shore Park, Bay View
Fabulous FREE 3-day event sponsored by the Bay View Lions Club. This is one of the oldest festivals in Milwaukee.
The Great Circus Parade
Sunday, July 12: 1:30 pm
Prior to the parade on July 12, the public is invited to the Circus Showgrounds at Veteran’s Park. There will be daily performances of the Kelly Miller Circus and other fun-filled family activities. You can see dozens of antique circus wagons up close.
US Bank Championship PGA Tour
July 13 – July 19
Brown Deer Park
See some of the PGA’s best pros compete at this tournament that attracts tens of thousands of spectators annually. Plus live music concerts, entertainment with food and beverages available.
Pathfinders B.E.D. Fundraiser
July 17 – 19
All proceeds benefit the Pathfinders Teen Homeless Shelter
Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 25 – 26
This awe-inspiring free air show on Milwaukee’s lakefront will feature planes form the earliest days in aviation history to the warplanes of the World Wars as well as stunt planes and planes of our current day.
Bradford Beach Jam
Friday, July 24: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday, July 25: 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday, July 26: 8 am – 6 pm
AVP Midwest Volleyball Championships and soccer in the sand.
“I Work Downtown” Beach Volleyball Challenge
July 27 – July 31