Wisconsin News Briefs

Fireworks Return to Milwaukee’s

Lakefront on July 3rd

MILWAUKEE, WI – After a two-year hiatus, Milwaukee’s July 3 fireworks display presented by American Family Insurance, Milwaukee County Parks, the Kelben Foundation, Inc. and Town Bank, a Wintrust Community Bank, returns to the lakefront this summer.

The July 3rd display, which attracts over 100,000 people to Milwaukee’s lakefront is an over 50-year tradition. On Sunday, July 3, the 45-minute fireworks display will begin around 9:30 pm.

“The popular July 3rd fireworks have certainly been missed the last two years, and American Family Insurance is pleased to return as a co-presenting sponsor of this event,” said Ranell Washington, American Family Insurance partnership development advisor. “American Family, along with the other event sponsors, are all looking forward to having the community come together again at Milwaukee’s lakefront for an amazing summer celebration.”

Community members are invited to return to Veterans Park, Bradford Beach, or Lake Park for the best viewing locations.

“The Kelben Foundation is excited to partner with American Family and Town Bank to bring back the iconic fireworks to the Milwaukee lakefront for all residents of southeast Wisconsin to enjoy,” said Ted Kellner, Chairman and CEO of T&M Partners LLC.

Parking operations at the lakefront will begin at 6 a.m. on July 3. All lots can be accessed from Lincoln

Milwaukee Public Schools to Celebrate 2022 Senior Class with Graduation Ceremonies

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will honor high school seniors who completed their academic requirements through graduation ceremonies starting today, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Approximately 3500 MPS seniors from 24 MPS schools will walk across the stage at UWM Panther Arena and Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education (SCTE).


Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3, 2022

Ceremonies will start each day at 9:00 am. A full schedule of graduation ceremonies can be found here.


UWM Panther Arena

400 W Kilbourn Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53203

Barack Obama School of Career and Technology Education

5075 N Sherman Blvd.

Milwaukee, WI 53209

Each graduation ceremony will be available for live stream and download as a keepsake for seniors and their families. Graduates will receive their diplomas by mail from their school. Media interested in coverage should RSVP at armsev@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults, and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

More than 70 MPS high school students have earned the Seal of Biliteracy, sanctioned by the State of Wisconsin, for proficiency in multiple languages.

EPA Announces $276,000 Grant to Beach Recreation in Wisconsin

CHICAGO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to award a $226,000 grant to the state of Wisconsin and a $50,000 grant to the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians to develop and implement beach monitoring and notification programs. Since 2002 EPA’s partners across the nation have used nearly $206 million in BEACH Act grants to protect the public by monitoring beaches for bacteria, maintaining and operating public notification systems, identifying local pollution sources, and reporting results to EPA.

Under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, EPA awards grants to eligible state, territorial and Tribal applicants to help them and their local government partners monitor water quality at coastal and Great Lakes beaches. When bacteria levels are too high for safe swimming, these agencies notify the public by posting beach warnings or closing the beach.

EPA’s 2022 BEACH Act grant funding, contingent upon meeting the eligibility requirements, will be allocated to the following states, territories, and Tribes: