They stop counting wedding anniversaries around 90 (the granite anniversary), but Harley-Davidson is reaching the ripe old age of 120 years. That’s the bidecacentennial, by the way. To celebrate this anniversary, The Motor Company is staging a takeover of sorts for the Milwaukee area on July 13–16.
The Harley-Davidson Homecoming will take center stage in Veterans Park on the lakefront, along with events and venues spread across Cream City. These venues include the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations Factory, and area H-D dealerships, among others. Motorcyclist Pro Tip: The museum is one of the better designed and curated collections around, even for those not of the H-D persuasion.
Expect product demos, little-wheeled stuff for kids, BMX shows, and daily Flat Out Friday Boonie Bike races. Milwaukee’s Finest in the Motorcycle Unit will also be on hand to demonstrate their amazing riding skills. Custom bike showcases, ebike displays, and ample events for the HOG (Harley Owners Group) are also on tap. Being Milwaukee, you’ll never be more than a stone’s throw from cold beverages and grilled encased meats. Welcome to Wisconsin, party people.
Topping all this are two days of music at Veterans Park headlined by Green Day on Friday the 14th and the Foo Fighters on Saturday the 15th. Other notable musical guests include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cody Jinks, Phantogram, and Social Distortion. Complete schedule will reportedly be released soon, with two-day and one-day tickets and VIP package options available.
If you’re of sound body and spirit after these festivities, you can watch or even ride in Sunday’s “Epic Motorcycle Parade.” Complete details on venues, entertainment, scheduled events, parade participation, Harley-Davidson factory tours, and lodging are available at h-d.com/homecoming.
Want to experience another side of Milwaukee? Lock up your bike and take an Uber to get “brain-busted” at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, then go mini-bowling at Koz’s. Or go regular-sized bowling at the Holler House, where neighbor kids still set the pins by hand. Maybe grab a bite to eat at Fuel Cafe. Then end the night at Wolski’s Tavern and earn an “I Closed Wolski’s” bumper sticker. Also, any establishment with a Blatz neon sign is highly recommended.