Happy 414 Day! 14 Ways for Families to Celebrate Milwaukee!


If you’re local, by now you must have heard that April 14th is Milwaukee Day. It’s a celebration that grew from humble beginnings, and now is a day dedicated to celebrating the city that Milwaukeeans adore and are proud to call home.

414 DayWe all know that every day is a great day in Milwaukee, but here are 14 ways that you and your family can celebrate the things that help make our city great.

 1. Learn about local history while roaming the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

2. Listen local. Tune into one of our great independent radio stations: 88.9 WYMS, 91.7 WMSE, or 89.7 WUWM

3. Take a tour at Sprecher Brewery. The kids can sample the delicious sodas to their heart’s content. 

4. Explore – Find the spot where Hank Aaron hit his last home run in the Miller Park lot, take a selfie with the Bronze Fonz, or stroll around Black Cat Alley.

5. Take part in 30 Days of Biking and bike the Hank Aaron or Oak Leaf Trails

6. Explore the Harley Davidson Museum – free admission all day 

7. Shop local. Our downtown, Brady Street, Bay View, and the East Side have some of the best small shops that sell goods made by local artisans.  While you’re out, be sure to stop in at Too Much Metal and pick up some 414 gear! 

8. Enjoy a scoop of Purple Door Ice Cream, a local business that sources their (delicious) ingredients locally.

9. Watch the Brew Crew take on the Cincinnati Reds, so maybe catch the game at your favorite coffee shop, burger joint or eatery. 

10. Become an owner at Outpost Co-Op and take advantage of 414 themed discounts and specials on Milwaukee products.

11. Watch one (or several) of the Dear MKE films

12. It’s Friday! Go enjoy one of the Milwaukee’s famous Friday traditions…the fish fry! Starting at 4:30pm, Milwaukee’s Great Lakes Distillery is hosting a fish fry in honor of Milwaukee Day.  Or check out one of the many others that this great city offers. 

13. Get a sitter and end the night with a date night celebrate the grand re-opening of Milwaukee’s legendary brewer, Pabst and then head over to Turner Hall for Wonder UNCOVERED, a reinterpretation of Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” curated by David Wake and 88Nine’s Tarik Moody. 

14. Lace up your hiking boots (and maybe bundle up a bit) and hit the hiking trail

There is just so much to see and do here in Milwaukee. What would you add to our list?

Looking for more ways to enjoy the city as a family? Yup, we’ve got some ideas. 

Five Free Kid-Friendly Milwaukee Activities

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the Milwaukee Area

Little Free Library Guide

Milwaukee’s Best Ice Cream and Frozen Custard

A Guide to Milwaukee Area Farmer’s Markets


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