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2017 Guide to City of Milwaukee Bridge Operations

BRIDGE OPENINGS/CLOSURES

BIG BANG FIREWORKS - Effective June 28, 2017 (rain date: June 29. 2017)
SUMMERFEST - Effective June 29-July 2; July 4-9, 2017
U.S. BANK INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS - Effective July 3, 2017

During these events, the Broadway bridge (mile .79), the Water Street Bridge (mile .94), the St. Paul Avenue Bridge (mile 1.21), the Clybourn Street Bridge (mile 1.28), the Michigan Avenue Bridge (mile 1.37), and the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge (mile 1.48) - all over the Milwaukee River - need not open for any recreational vessels, except at the discretion of the Milwaukee Police Department, during the following hours:

  • Big Bang Fireworks:  9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (June 28/29)
  • Summerfest:  11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (each evening of Summerfest)
  • U.S. Bank Fireworks:  9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (July 3/4)

FESTA ITALIANA - Effective July 21-23, 2017

During Festa Italiana, the Broadway bridge (mile .79) and the Water Street bridge (mile .94) - both over the Milwaukee River - need not open for any vessels between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight each night, except at the discretion of the Milwaukee Police Department.