A listing of fireworks shows and other festive events in the Seattle area on and around July 4, 2012.
FIREWORKS AND FESTIVITIES GALORE
Get ready for a blast of activity Wednesday. Streets near large July Fourth events may be closed or otherwise restricted, so parking and access may be limited. Alcohol is forbidden at parks, though some large festivals offer beer gardens. Personal fireworks aren’t permitted and most events don’t allow pets. For a longer list of events, go to www.seattletimes.com.
Family Fourth at Lake Union
Gates open at noon Wednesday at Gas Works Park. Entertainment, food vendors, activities, beer garden, live music, fireworks at 10 p.m. Gas Works Park, Seattle; food-bank donations suggested; some area streets closed, parking extremely limited. Also see the fireworks show from the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival with boat rides, vessel displays, activities, beer garden, food vendors, gates open 10 a.m. Wednesday, entertainment starting at 3 p.m., Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle and surrounding Lake Union Park, shuttles available throughout the day between Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park (family4th.org).
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Bellevue Family Fourth
Food vendors, Family Fun Zone kids’ entertainment and activities, 2-8:30 p.m., entertainment starting at 4 p.m., C-17 Flyover from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 4:40 p.m.; fireworks, 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; free parking available at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place (www.bellevuedowntown.org).
28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony
Ethnic Heritage Council hosts ceremony, where U.S. Circuit Court Judge Richard C. Tallman will administer the oath of citizenship to more than 500 candidates from more than 80 countries, speeches by officials, free concert by Greenwood Concert Band at 11 a.m.; ceremony at noon, Seattle Center; free (www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org).
4th of July fireworks
and celebration, Newcastle
Opening 5 p.m., food vendors beginning at 6 p.m., music by Cherry Cherry, 8 p.m., fireworks show, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/).
Bothell Freedom Festival
Pancake breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Downtown Fire Station, 10726 Beardslee Blvd., free; Children’s Parade for kids up to age 12, 11:15 a.m., Main Street at 103rd Street; Grand Parade, noon Wednesday, Main Street and Bothell Way, Bothell (425-486-7430 or www.ci.bothell.wa.us).
Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
Park opens 7 a.m.; KidZone activities noon-8 p.m.; stage entertainment, 1:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (425-430-6700 or rentonwa.gov).
Fourth of July at Chateau Ste. Michelle
Wines by the glass, art sale, dance to classic rock by the Sea of Green band, noon Wednesday, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville (206-525-5926 or www.ste-michelle.com).
Fireworks Show, Kenmore
Fireworks over Lake Washington, food vendors, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore (www.kenmorewa.gov).
Edmonds Kind of 4th
Children’s parade, 11:30 a.m.; main parade, noon, in downtown Edmonds; entertainment, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Civic Field, Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (www.edmondswa.com).
Burien Independence Day Parade
Marching bands, dance teams, floats, vintage autos, 3 p.m. Wednesday on Ambaum Boulevard Southwest from Southwest 149th Street to Southwest 153rd Street, on Fourth Avenue West to Southwest 152nd Street, Burien (206-575-1633 or www.burienwa.gov).
Celebrate Independence Day
at Angle Lake
Kiddies parade, 10 a.m., followed by patriotic singalong and ice-cream social; fireworks show, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac (celebrateseatac.wordpress.com).
Family Fourth at the Fort
Park opens to the public 9 a.m.; activities beginning 4 p.m. including inflatable bouncers and slides, entertainment, food vendors. Fireworks show, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila; free (206-768-2822 or www.tukwilawa.gov).
Kent Fourth of July Splash
Games, food vendors, entertainment for all ages, fireworks display. Begins at noon Wednesday, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; parking and free shuttle-bus service begins at 11:30 a.m. approximately every 20 minutes to and from Fire Station No. 75, 15635 S.E. 272nd St.; and Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. S.E., Kent (253-856-5050 or www.kentarts.com).
Auburn 4th of July Festival
Kids’ bike parade, entertainment on two stages, inflatable rides, climbing wall, craft and food vendors, book sale, car show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov).
4th of July Celebration
at Camp Berachah
Music, go-carts, inflatable rides, indoor swimming, food, fireworks. Begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Camp Berachah Ministries, 19830 S.E. 328th Place, Auburn; free, reservations requested, suggested donation $10/car (253-939-0488 or www.campberachah.org).
Red, White and Blues Festival
Entertainment, games and craft activities, food vendors, begins 6 p.m.; park opens 5 p.m.; fireworks show, 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way (253-835-6900 or www.cityoffederalway.com).
Meeker Mansion 4th of July Family Social
Food vendors, games, 2-5 p.m., music by the Puyallup Community Band, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup (253-848-1770 or www.meekermansion.org).
Tacoma Freedom Fair
Entertainment on three stages, marketplace, food vendors, kids activities starting 11 a.m. Air Show, 1:30-3:45 p.m.; Rod and Custom Car Show, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; fireworks extravaganza, 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Ruston Way, Tacoma waterfront, suggested donation $2-$15; express bus ($3-$5/round trip) and free parking available at Tacoma Dome Station or Tacoma Community College Park and Ride (253-507-9357 or freedomfair.com).
— Compiled by Madeline McKenzie