MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Day looks a little different this year since many shops are closed. However, that didn't stop people from celebrating the city they call home.
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"I'm grabbing beer from Lakefront Brewery. It's free for health care workers. You get a six-pack of Riverwest Stein and a classic 414 cup," Matt Lewis, a Milwaukee health care worker, said.
Dozens of medical field professionals lined up outside Lakefront Brewery to get some free beer from noon to 8 p.m. It's a small gesture, but it goes a long way.
"They're going to taste that much better today," Lewis said.
Lakefront Brewery wasn't the only one giving back on 414 Day. Local potter, Jean Wells, said she would donate 14% of what she sold on Tuesday 4/14 to local artists. Wells, who also battled through the 2008 financial crisis as an artist, said she knows exactly how hard artists are struggling.
"The arts of all kinds tend to be a specialty item or a way we treat ourselves, so those are the first things that fall off the wagon in terms of purchasing," she said.
Online, Milwaukee musicians were streaming live concerts from noon to 8 p.m. with various toasts and prize giveaways throughout the day.
Restaurants like Three Lions Pubare coming up with 4-1-4 related discounts to get customers in the door on this Takeout Tuesday.
"We are doing a to go old fashion in a mason jar with the lid on we are selling it for 4 dollar 14," Christopher Tinker, a co-owner of the restaurant, said.
While Milwaukee Day may look different this year, the feeling is still there, and that won't go away anytime soon.