Downtown Employee Appreciation Week starts on Monday

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:37 am

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week will hit the heart of Milwaukee on Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1, to celebrate the contributions and strides made by the downtown workforce.


The week, organized by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 in partnership with downtown businesses and community leaders, will offer downtown’s 81,000 employees a variety of special events, office challenge activities, giveaways and discounts.

In its ninth year, the week will unfold with a pancake breakfast on Mon., July 28, at 7:30 a.m. in Red Arrow Park. The breakfast, free and open to downtown workers, will feature remarks from Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman. Space is limited at the breakfast, and advanced registration is encouraged.

Weekday activities will include office challenge games and 1,000-item giveaways during the lunch hour. Games and giveaways are scheduled to run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Red Arrow Park on Monday, Pere Marquette Park on Tuesday, Schlitz Park on Wednesday, Zeidler Union Square on Thursday, and Cathedral Square Park on Friday.

Food giveaways will begin at noon and will vary each day, from pizza slices to mini subs to ice cream.

Office Challenge Games, which will award prizes to top competitors, will also vary and will include Spin-O-Matic, Paper Clip Toss, ¼ Minute to Win It, and a Bucks Basketball Shootout.

A lineup of after-hours events will extend daily celebrations with a downtown beach volleyball tournament and “Downtown’s Grandest Happy Hour,” among other festivities, scheduled to take place throughout the week.

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week will wrap up with a closing ceremony on Friday, Aug. 1, at noon in Cathedral Square Park.

For more information on each event and additional discounts available to downtown employees during the week, visit

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