This Day in Milwaukee County History

TDIMCH: April 17th, 1933

The Milwaukee Auditorium, 1951

The Milwaukee Auditorium, 1951

On this day in Milwaukee County history: In celebration of the end of Prohibition, the city hosts a Volksfest at the Milwaukee Auditorium. The party had been scheduled for several weeks prior (Prohibition had officially ended on April 7th of that year), but local clerics asked that the city change  the date of the celebration so as it would not interfere with the observance of the Lenten season. Despite Easter Sunday falling on the previous day, the Volksfest was a huge success. All in all, over 15,000 Milwaukeeans showed up to freely and openly drink the city’s most famous export. The celebration was so well attended in fact, that over 5,000 were turned away at the doors.


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