5 ways to celebrate Milwaukee day - 4/14 - from a safe social distance

The most MILWAUKEE day of the year...

April 14, 2020
414 in MKE!!

This started off being a Spring Break article. As an intern, Spring Break was normally circled on my calendar every year. However, this year it was a little different. Like everyone else (hopefully), I stayed here for the week. Not one to want to miss a party though, I did find that Milwaukee Day was coming up. I can hear you now, “Chris…What is Milwaukee Day?”

Milwaukee Day is celebrated every year on April 14th. Why that day? Because it’s 4-14, the area code for Milwaukee. While the northern counties get their days in July and September and Madison gets theirs in June, Milwaukee Day is something special. There are parties and get togethers and concerts and pretty much everything someone would expect from the city that hosts Summerfest. Obviously this year it’s not going to be like that. That does not mean that we can’t celebrate Milwaukee. Here are five ways you can show your Milwaukee love. Let me know on Facebook if I forgot any.


LIght the night Milwaukee
  1. At 8pm, they are asking people to go to their windows with a flashlight, candle, the light from your phone or really anything to shine a light. For about 10 minutes or so, you will be showing all of your neighbors that we are not alone in this. Fiserv Forum, the Pfister Hotel and many other businesses will be taking part in this show of support and hope.
  2. The Public Library is hosting a Zoom call where local historian John Gurda will be reading the story of “Gertie the Duck.” Gertie is an icon in Milwaukee on the same level as The Fonz or Robin Yount. And like those other two, she has a statue as well along The Riverwalk.
  3. Several local breweries are doing “Virtual Happy Hours” with brews specifically crafted for this day. Choose from Company Brewing and their Milwaukee Day Tallboys (At 4.14% ABV of course!) Or go with Vernacular Brewing who, in conjunction with MobCraft, brewed 414 beer.
  4. Can’t forget that it is Tuesday! On that note, BelAir Cantina is partnering with Performance Running Outfitters to host a virtual run. Use their hashtag after going for a jog around the 3rd Ward (WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING!!!) and show off the architecture that is downtown. They don’t call us the Cream City for nothing! When you get back, reward yourself with some carryout or delivery tacos from BelAir because you can’t have Taco Tuesday without tacos!
  5. Speaking of the 3rd Ward, there are many local businesses that have been hurt and had to temporarily close due to the pandemic, but they are still offering food and gift card sales through their online stores, delivery or carryout. Places such as St. Paul’s Fish Company, Foltz Family Market and others are doing their best to get by in this difficult time.

I will even throw in an Honorable Mention…The Milwaukee County Zoo. Take a free virtual tour of the zoo and see how the animals are doing. I know I was especially excited to see how the penguins are doing. 


There you have it! You can thank me by hooking me up with some Purple Door ice cream. (OOOHH...Theres another place to go to while you are wandering the 3rd Ward!)--Chris Witt (AKA KISS Intern)



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