What Wisconsin city celebrates itself every April 14th, a date based on its area code? Yep, its our beloved 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.
We 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. Immerse yourself in all things 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. Tours are kept small to ensure social distancing during COVID-19.
4. Explore and Investigate – There is so much history to be uncovered in Milwaukee Find the spot where Hank Aaron hit his last home run in the American Family Field lot, take a selfie with the Bronze Fonz, or stroll around Black Cat Alley. Watch the new Bronzeville Boheme Opera online (from the safety of your home if you prefer) to be transported to Bronzeville Milwaukee and then investigate further into the history of this part of the city. Explore the virtual galleries at America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
5. Take part in 30 Days of Biking and bike the Hank Aaron or Oak Leaf Trails. Not so much into biking? Try taking a hike instead!
6. Explore the Harley Davidson Museum. Newly re-opened as of March 2021, visitors can now enjoy the exhibits in person at the museum, and what is more Milwaukee than Harley Davidson? Not quite ready to visit in person? Check out the Virtual Gallery Talks offered by the museum. Also newly reopened are Discovery World, and the Milwaukee Domes! Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will reopen in May.
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!
7b. Bars & Recreation, the team behind AXE MKE, NorthSouth Club, Nine Below, Splash Studio and newest concept Head Space Trivia, is celebrating 414 Day in an immersive round-robin style event. Attendees, reserved in groups of four, will be able to experience axe throwing, shuffleboard, painting, and a hole-in-one challenge for the fitting price of $14 per person. Spots will be sold at a flat rate of $56 per group (maximum of 4 people). Reservations are available HERE.
8. Taste test all the custards in a single day and decide who is best…Kopps, Gilles, Leon’s, Fred’s…the list goes on!
9. Watch the Brew Crew take on the Cubbies! Perhaps catch the game at your favorite coffee shop, burger joint or eatery if you are comfortable. Otherwise, grab some popcorn from a local shop like Lush Popcorn and maybe a six-pack from Third Space or one of the multitudes of amazing local breweries and enjoy the game from home.
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. Take the Sculpture Milwaukee tour. It’s the perfect way to explore the city (with plenty of awesome photo-ops) in a socially distanced and safe way, plus it’s FREE!
13. Shop local. We’ve got several ideas for local subscription boxes in our Subscription Box Gift Guide that help to support local businesses year round, so this is the perfect time to treat yourself or to give the gift of Milwaukee-fueled love each and every month!
14. Plan a date night. It’s been a long year of being cooped up and there are lots of options that have been adjusted to be enjoyed safely on our 200+ Milwaukee Area Date Ideas Guide. Want to confirm currently details, protocols and availability? Just head to the links in our guide to double-check and get out there SAFELY for some Milwaukee fun!