Hard to believe that it's the July 4 weekend already! Summer goes by too fast. Enjoy this long weekend at one of these family-friendly events.

Friday, July 1

Meijer Free First Friday: Get free admission at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the first Friday of each month. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (414) 224-3200, 

Saturday, July 2

Celebrate World UFO Day:Celebrate the unknown with fun alien stories and crafts. Plus, fill an intergalactic passport by finding planets around the library. Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. (414) 286-3000,

Old World Wisconsin Independence Day Celebration:Help make ice cream, play period games and enjoy a picnic lunch. Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $19/adults, $10/child ages 5-17, free for veterans. (262) 594-6301, 

Saturdays at Central: Dinosaur Dig is a place for children to explore learning, new vocabulary, reading, writing and more with their parents or caregivers. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 10:30 a.m. Free. (414) 286-3000,

Sunday, July 3

Free Open Climb:Try rock climbing for free on the first Sunday of the month, May through September. Urban Ecology Center – Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee. 2-4 p.m. Free. (414) 964-8505,

Kite Festival & Fireworks: Help fill the sky with as many kites as possible and then enjoy the Milwaukee fireworks. Veterans Park, Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-until fireworks start at 9:25 p.m. Free.

Military/Veterans Day at the Zoo: Admission is free for military personnel, veterans and their families. Tickets are available from the County Veterans Service Office. Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (414) 771-3040, 

Old World Wisconsin Independence Day Celebration:See July 2 listing.

Summerfest: Check out The Worlds Largest Music Festival on July 3 (Kohl's Family Day) and from July 5-10. (Started June 29) Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee. General admission is $20.

Monday, July 4

Independence Day: For a list of fireworks, parades and celebrations, visit

Old World Wisconsin Independence Day Celebration: Check out an old-fashioned parade through the village. See July 2 listing.

Tosa Tonight: Enjoy music from Radio Radio and 5 Card Studs at the Rotary Performance Pavilion. Fireworks to follow. Hart Park, 68th and State streets. Wauwatosa. 6 p.m.

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