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2013 Milwaukee-area Fourth of July activities

Stories and event listings about civic and private July 4 activities around the Greater Milwaukee area.

Declaration of Independence reading

Declaration of Independence reading at Greendale Village Hall in Greendale - A public reading

Independence Day at Humboldt Park

Independence Day at Humboldt Park at Humboldt Park Pavilion in Milwaukee - Parade, ice cream, doll buggy and more decorating contest and more

US Bank July 3 Fireworks

Over 20,000 shells, controlled by a state-of-the-art electronic system, will be launched from two barges on Lake Michigan, off the shore of Veterans Park. The fireworks will not be rescheduled in the event of severe weather. Veterans Park and Juneau Park offer prime seating for the event.

Brookfield, Elm Grove Fourth of July 2013 festivities lineup

The city and town of Brookfield and village of Elm Grove are offering a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy for this year's Independence Day celebrations. Below is a guide to the parade routes, fireworks displays, and other planned events, as well as a few rules to help families plan for this year's holiday.

Fourth festivities

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Independence Day Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 3. The parade starts at Elm Lane and proceeds down Appleton Avenue to Woosencraft Drive. The festivities conclude with fireworks at dusk, about 9:30 p.m., shot off at Menomonee Falls High School.

New Berlin's Fourth of July celebration always has something new

New Berlin - The city will again celebrate the Fourth of July every year with days of rides, fun and activities. The committee planning the event always comes up with new things, and this year is no exception. "We have all kinds of new stuff," said Anida Rose, who has led New Berlin Fourth of July celebration planning for decades.

Water Bugs host a leisurely lakeside party in Muskego

Ski team puts on July 3 show preceded by afternoon family event Muskego - A Water Bugs pre-holiday hoop-la, offering a water ski show, children's fun, food and fireworks, will take place July 3 at Idle Isle Park.

West Allis celebrates Fourth for three days

West Allis - Just a glance at a list that includes a kids "cave" crawl, a parade, water games, live music and rock climbing and you get an idea of how West Allis will celebrate the nation's independence this year. Once again, the celebration extends beyond one day, ending with fireworks on July 4.

Greenfield's Fourth of July celebration adds some bark

Greenfield - You might say the Greenfield Fourth of July celebration is going to the dogs - hound dogs and hot dogs, that is. New to the celebration this year is a contest to impersonate Elvis, whose early hits include the iconic "Hound Dog" song.

Communities are ready for a parade

Activities abound for those celebrating the nation's Independence Day The armadas of convertible cars have been arranged, the arsenal of fireworks stand ready, and enough hamburgers and hot dogs have been ordered to feed the masses. Event planners local communities have spent months putting together their respective Independence Day parades, and residents will have no shortage of activities to keep them busy.

Bay native comes home to share life story, lead Fourth of July parade

Accident left Air Force major with traumatic brain injury Whitefish Bay - "I am an author completely by accident. No kidding," writes Whitefish Bay native Steven Hirst in the intro of his memoir "Still Standing." Hirst, a retired Air Force major, writes of the life which was halved by a tragic accident into the "before" and "after" eras.