Summerfest Today

Here’s what happening at Summerfest today, Day 11

Milwaukee Summerfest 2019

The “World’s Largest Music Festival” is on Milwaukee’s lakefront for its final day of 2019 today. Summerfest started back in 1968 and has grown to welcome over 800 performers and over 800,000 of your closest friends to enjoy music, food, drink, dancing, shopping, strolls along the lakefront, and plenty more. There’s nothing quite like it – it’s a State Trunk Tour favorite!

Here are the headliners at Summerfest today:

American Family Insurance Amphitheater: Lil’ Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and Schoolboy Q, 7:30pm

BMO Harris Pavilion:
Your Smith, 8pm
Jason Mraz, 9:45pm

Miller Lite Oasis Stage:
Moon Taxi, 8:30pm
The Strumbrellas, 10pm

Uline Warehouse Stage:
Willy Porter, 8pm
Rodrigo y Gabriela, 9:45pm

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage:
Dispatch, 9:30pm

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage:
Dylan Scott, 10pm

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage:
Van Lester – Hector Lavoe Tribute, 7:45pm
La Sonora Ponceña, 9:45pm

Johnson Controls World Stage:
Johnnyswim, 10pm

Jojo’s Martini Bar:
33 RPM, 8pm

Here’s the FULL, printable lineup for each day from noon-midnight!

Summerfest 2019

State Trunk Tour founder and head road-tripper Eric Paulsen sat down with Summerfest’s VP/Sales & Marketing Sarah Pancheri to talk about what’s happening at Summerfest this year, from stage updates to big – or unusual – acts, as well as food, activities, and ways you can get in free or for a reduced rate on select days. Listen to it below or connect here on the State Trunk Tour Podcast!

Summerfest 2018, skyline and US Cellular Stage Sign
Downtown Milwaukee from just outside the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, which was refurbished in 2018. The Uline Warehouse Stage is newly-rebuilt for this year, and revamp work on the American Family Insurance Amphitheater continues.

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Flag Day founding in Waubeka

Did You Know: Flag Day was Founded in Wisconsin??

Red, White & Blue: Flag Day and its founding in Waubeka, Wisconsin

A lot of historic events have taken place in Wisconsin; the state has a lot of firsts. But did you know it had the first Flag Day? To find out more, I headed to Ozaukee County via I-43 and Highway 57 to Fredonia. A quick jog west on County H brings you to Waubeka, a friendly little unincorporated community. Hugging the Milwaukee River, this tiny burg is the national birthplace of Flag Day. And they celebrate this fact every year with a parade and plenty of other events – this year on Sunday, June 9th!

Waubeka Flag Day Welcome SignOn June 14, 1885, a grade school teacher at Stony Hill School named Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand held the first recognized formal Flag Day observance with his students. He continued the tradition annually before making his way to Chicago and becoming dean of the University of Illinois-Chicago. By 1916, he had persuaded President Woodrow Wilson to officially proclaim June 14th as Flag Day in the United States. Stony Hill School has been restored and is home to the National Flag Day Foundation. You can find it by following County I from County H. You can not only check out the charming old schoolhouse, but on the grounds flag of all 50 U.S. states and more fly in the wind. The school is atop a hill (a stony one, hence the name), so you can count on wind pretty frequently there.

Stony Hill School, Birthplace of Flag Day

Stony Hill School, where Flag Day began in 1885.

National Flag Day Americanism Center, Waubeka, Wisconsin

The National Flag Day Americanism Center in Waubeka, not far from Stony Hill School.

Back in the center of Waubeka, all 27 star configurations of the U.S. flag are on display at the National Flag Day Foundation Americanism Center. They depict the flag through history as states were added and outline major events as each new flag configuration was commissioned. The Center’s artifacts in multiple rooms trace many aspects of U.S. history.

Waubeka Flag Day Parade

Every June 14th or on the Saturday prior, Waubeka celebrates its status as the founding point of Flag Day with a festival, parade, and ceremony. In 2019, it’s happening on Sunday, June 9th. I happened upon it in 2017 while driving a sweet pickup courtesy of Soerens Ford in Brookfield. See the video here for some of that!

Waubeka is a small town near Fredonia in Ozaukee County, about 40 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. I-43 and Highways 32 and 57 bring you close, follow county A west from Highway 57 at Fredonia and signs will guide you to Stony Hill School and downtown Waubeka. Pretty countryside, hills, and the Milwaukee River will also greet you as you navigate this pleasant area northwest of Port Washington.

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