UPDATE (4/21/21): Never mind: According to its just-updated website, the 2021 Milwaukee Air & Water Show is “currently on a hold status.”

We’re currently putting together a big ol’ list of Milwaukee summer festivals that are still happening (for now, at least), and one event stood out: Yes, according to its website and other sources, the 2021 Milwaukee Air & Water Show is all jet engines go for a return to Milwaukee’s lakefront July 24-25, 2021. Ticket information is “coming soon.”

The show was grounded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. United States Air Force Thunderbirds fans sighed. Milwaukee-area pets rejoiced.

Speaking of those Thunderbirds, they’ve apparently worked out something new for 2021. “With the cancellation of the 2020 air show season, the team focused its efforts on saluting first responders and enhancing the aerial demonstration for fans,” the Thunderbirds team said in a video last week. The Thunderbirds have been flying the same demonstration since 1983, you see, and, well, it was apparently time to shake things up.

“The team redesigned the aerial demonstration to better showcase the complexity, challenge and capabilities of the F-16 and Air Force pilots,” the video continued. Here’s the whole thing, complete with all the updates fans will enjoy in 2021:

Things could change, of course, so we’ll keep you posted. But for now, see you July 24-25, Milwaukee Air & Water Show fans! For everyone else, Mauthe Lake is really nice in July!

Here’s the Thunderbirds’ complete 2021 schedule, in case you follow them around like the Dead or something:

April 17-18: Cocoa Beach, Florida – Cocoa Beach Air Show

May 1-2: St. Joseph, Missouri – Sound of Speed Airshow & 139AW Open House

May 8-9: Barksdale AFB, Louisiana – Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show

May 26: Colorado Springs, Colorado – USAFA Graduation 2021 Flyover

May 29-30: Wantagh, New York – Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach

June 5-6: Smyrna, Tennessee – The Great Tennessee Air Show

June 19-20: Ocean City, Maryland – OC Air Show

July 10-11: Dayton, Ohio – Dayton Air Show

July 17-18: Binghamton, New York – Greater Binghamton Air Show

July 24-25: Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Milwaukee Air & Water Show

July 28: F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming – Cheyenne Frontier Days

July 31-August 1: McMinnville, Oregon – Oregon International Air Show

August 18: Atlantic City, New Jersey – Thunder Over The Boardwalk Air Show

September 4-6: Cleveland, Ohio – Cleveland National Air Show

September 11-12: Portsmouth, New Hampshire – Pease Open House

September 18-19: Reno, Nevada – National Championship Air Races

September 25-26: Mather, California – California Captial Air Show

October 2-3: San Juan, Puerto Rico – 2021 Puerto Rico International Air Show

October 9-10: Houston, Texas – Wings Over Houston Air Show

October 16-17: Sanford, Florida – Central Florida Air & Space Show

October 23-24: Lancaster, California – Los Angeles County Air Show

October 30-31: Salinas, California – California International Air Show

November 6-7: Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona – Thunder and Lightning over Arizona

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