Independence Day events around the Puget Sound feature fireworks, festivals and food.
Pack up your blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic and head to Fourth of July events near and far. Parking can be a challenge, so leave early, or better yet, ride your bike, take the bus or walk.
A few events offer shuttle-bus service and off-site parking, and some streets near large events may be closed or otherwise restricted. Alcohol is forbidden at parks, though some large festivals offer beer gardens. Personal fireworks aren’t allowed and your pets will be better off at home. Have fun, be safe and have a great Fourth at any of the following events:
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SUN Field games, acrobatics and circus arts, Euro-bungee trampoline, climbing walls, inflatable play center for kids, noon-8 p.m.; food vendors, noon-10 p.m.; beer and wine garden, noon-9:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m. Sunday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; parking and street access limited (206-281-7788 or www.family4th.org).
SUN Concert by Air National Guard Band of the Northwest, Total Experience Gospel Choir and other performers; 11 a.m.; ceremony to swear in more than 500 people from more than 75 countries as new citizens of the United States, noon; Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle (www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org).
The Twenty-Seven Flags of the U.S.
SUN Skyway Post 9430 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honors the nation’s 232nd birthday with a salute to all 27 versions of the American flag that have officially represented the United States over its history, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $8-$15 (206-764-5720 of museumofflight.org).
4th of July Bash
over Lake Union at
The Swedish Cultural Center
SUN Music, dancing, games for all ages, supper, view of the Lake Union fireworks, 7 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $15-$39 (206-523-9570 or www.cateringasyoulikeit.com).
Fire and Ice Aboard
SUN Watch Seattle’s Fourth of July fireworks from the schooner Adventuress while docked, 8 p.m. Sunday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; $15-$45 (360-379-0438 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/116197).
Fourth of July
SUN Viewing of fireworks in Seattle on cruise with buffet, 8 p.m. Sunday, Kirkland City Dock, Lake Washington Boulevard and Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland; $68-$75 (206-223-2060 or www.waterwayscruises.com/).
Bellevue Family 4th
SUN Food vendors, children’s activities, open 2 p.m.; entertainment starts 3:30 p.m.; Bellevue Fire and Police Department Honor Guard presentation of the colors, 8:40 p.m.; Bellevue Philharmonic performance, 9:30 p.m.; fireworks display, 10:05 p.m., Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue (www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/familyfourth/).
Old Fashioned Family Fourth
SUN Food vendors, 6 p.m.; rock band Shelley and the Curves, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Sunday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle; parking and free shuttle from Newcastle Elementary School (www.ci.newcastle.wa.us).
SUN Children’s parade, 11:30 a.m., main parade, noon, from Market Street and Central Way; picnic with food vendors, 1-5 p.m., Marina Park; bouncy toys for kids, 2 p.m., Heritage Park; music at 7:30 p.m., fireworks display 10 p.m. Sunday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (www.celebratekirkland.org).
Fourth on the Plateau
SUN Music, food vendors, children’s playground and fireworks display, 6-11 p.m. Sunday, Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (www.ci.sammamish.wa.us/events/4thJuly.aspx).
Fourth of July Celebration
SUN Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m.; 5K Run for the Pies, 8:30 a.m.; Hot Rods and Harleys show, noon-4 p.m.; entertainment, food, craft vendors, pony rides and bouncy toys for kids, all day; beer garden, 2 p.m.-dusk; fireworks, 10 p.m. Sunday, Tolt Avenue, Carnation (www.carnation4th.org).
SAT Fireworks following the races, bring blankets or folding chairs, 5 p.m. Saturday, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn; $7, ages 17 and younger free (www.emeralddowns.com).
Sumner Freedom Fest
SAT 5K race, entertainment, carnival games, food vendors, 9 a.m. Saturday, Daffodil Sports Complex, Sumner (www.rotaryclubofsumner.org).
Independence Day Parade
SUN Marching bands, floats, vintage autos, 3 p.m. Sunday, on Ambaum Boulevard Southwest from Southwest 149th Street to Southwest 153rd Street, on Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 152nd Street, Burien (206-575-1633 or www.discoverburien.com).
Family 4th at Fort Dent Park
SUN Entertainment stage, kids’ activities, food vendors, fireworks display at dusk, 2-11 p.m. Sunday, Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila (ci.tukwila.wa.us/).
Fireworks Over Des Moines
SUN Music and fireworks display at dusk, 6-11 p.m. Sunday, Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines (206-870-6527).
Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
SUN Park opens, 7 a.m. Sunday; free inflatable rides for kids, noon-8 p.m.; stage entertainment, 1:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m. Sunday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton; parking extremely limited (rentonwa.gov).
Kent Fourth of July Splash
SUN Games and activities, noon-5 p.m., entertainment, noon-9:30 p.m., fireworks display, 10 p.m. Sunday, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; free parking/shuttle bus, every 20 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m., Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. S.E., Kent Fire Station No. 75, 15635 S.E. 272nd St. (www.ci.kent.wa.us/).
Auburn 4th of July Festival
SUN Kids’ bike parade, entertainment, inflatable rides, climbing wall and euro-bungee trampolines, petting zoo and pony carousel, bingo, bocce, car show, laser tag, gaming stations, craft vendors, book sale, food concessions, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov).
Red, White and Blues Festival
SUN Entertainment, games, art activities, live music, hot-dog eating contest, arm-wrestling tournament, fireworks display, 6-11 p.m. Sunday, Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; free on-site parking opens 5:30 p.m. (253-835-6900 or itallhappenshere.org/).
Enumclaw Stars and Stripes
SUN Free pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Enumclaw Senior Center; bike decorating for kids, bike parade, 10:30 a.m.; parade, noon, downtown; fireworks display, 9:30-10 p.m. Sunday, Enumclaw Expo Center, Enumclaw (www.ci.enumclaw.wa.us).
Tacoma Freedom Fair
SUN Air show, music, outdoor market, children’s activities, food vendors, fireworks show, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Waterfront Park, Ruston Way, Tacoma; free admission, donations requested, $1/ages 17 and younger, $5/adult, $10/family suggested (www.freedomfair.com/).
Fourth of July City Blast,
SUN Music, kids’ activities, fireworks, 9 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup (cityblast2010.com).
Grand Old Fourth of July,
SUN Fun run, 9 a.m.; street fair, beer garden, entertainment, opens 10 a.m.; ice-cream social, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m.; family street dance, 7-10 p.m.; fireworks, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, downtown Steilacoom, Pierce County (www.steilacoom.org).
Fourth of July Celebration, Orting
SUN Community festivities all day, fireworks at dusk, Lions Field, Orting, Pierce County (www.ortingchamberofcommerce.com).
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
SUN Fun run, 11 a.m.; children’s parade, 12:30 p.m., from Fifth Avenue and Walnut Street; main parade, 1 p.m., from Sixth Avenue and Main Street; Edmonds Firefighters Water Ball competition, City Park, 3 p.m.; entertainment, 7:30 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Civic Stadium, Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (425-776-6711 or www.edmondswa.com/).
Bothell Freedom Festival
SUN Pancake breakfast, 9:30-11:30 a.m., downtown Fire House, 10726 Beardslee Blvd.; children’s parade, 12:15 p.m., Main Street at 103rd Avenue; main parade, 1 p.m., Main Street at 104th Avenue Northeast, 1 p.m. Sunday, Bothell (425-486-7430 or www.explorebothell.com).
City of Kenmore fireworks
SUN Fireworks display over Lake Washington, 10 p.m. Sunday, Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore; additional parking available, Kenmore Lake Building, 6161 N.E. 175th St.; Bethany Bible Churchy, 6214 N.E. Bothell Way and Uplake Professional Center, 5723 N.E. Bothell Way (425-398-8900 or www.cityofkenmore.com/events).
Everett’s Colors of Freedom 4th of July Festival
SUN Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Flying Pig, 2929 Colby Ave.;
• Fire on Ice skating, 9 a.m.-7: 30 p.m., Comcast Community Ice Rink, 2000 Hewitt Ave., $4/person includes skate rental;
• Passport to the Police Open House, meet officers and detectives, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Downtown Everett Police Dept.;
• Imagine Children’s Museum admission free for military families, buy-one-get-one-free admission for others, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 502 Wall St.;
• Colors of Freedom parade, Colby and Wetmore avenues between Wall and 26th streets, 1 p.m., free shuttle from Everett Station;
• Fun in the Sun Street Fair, music, kids’ activities, antique-car show, 2-4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1616 Pacific Ave.;
• food fair, kids’ activities, music, beer and wine garden, fireworks, 2-11 p.m. Sunday, Legion Park, Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; free bus from Everett Community College Broadway and Everett Station (425-257-8700 or www.enjoyeverett.org).
Fourth of July
SUN Auto racing and demolition derby, fireworks at dusk, 5-11 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen Speedway, 14505 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $7.50-$22.50 (360-805-6100 or www.evergreenspeedway.com/).
Arlington Frontier Days/Fourth of July
SUN Pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m., children’s parade, 4:30 p.m., main parade 5 p.m., on Olympic Avenue; Stilly Duck Dash at Haller Park, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk at Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Arlington (www.ci.arlington.wa.us).
Bellingham 4th of July
SUN Music, vendors, beer garden, Kids Zone free bouncy houses, fireworks show, 11 a.m. Sunday, Zuanich Point Park at Squalicum Harbor, 2600 Harbor Loop, Bellingham (360-734-1330 or bellingham.com).
Fourth of July Parade
SUN Parade, 11 a.m., from Third Avenue and Commercial Street to Causland Park; patriotic program, children’s games, food vendors, fireworks at dusk Sunday, Anacortes (www.cityofanacortes.org/parks.asp).
Around the Sound
Fair & Fireworks
SAT Kids’ events, 2 p.m.; food vendors open 4 p.m.; entertainment, 6 p.m., fireworks show at dusk Saturday, Freeland Park, 140 E. Main St., Freeland, Island County (360-221-1656 or www.swag-online.org).
Old Fashioned 4th of July
SAT-SUN Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday; vendor fair, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; carnival, Saturday-Sunday; fireworks, 10 p.m. Sunday, Windjammer Park, 1600 S.E. Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island (360-675-3755 or www.oakharborchamber.com).
4th of July Celebration
SAT-MON Tiny Town games, pony rides, food and craft vendors, entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Ed Moon Field/Kola Kole Park; fireworks at dusk Sunday, Mike Wallace Park, Kingston, Kitsap County (kingstontinytown.com/).
Grand Old Fourth of July
SUN Pancake breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m.; car show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Grand Old Fourth Parade, 1 p.m., downtown Winslow;
• baseball game with vintage uniforms, 9 a.m., Bainbridge High School;
• street fair with games, food vendors, entertainment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; beer and wine garden, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterfront Park; fireworks over Eagle Harbor at dusk Sunday, Bainbridge Island (206-842-3700 or bainbridgechamber.com).
La Conner parade and picnic
SUN Parade, 11 a.m.; community picnic and games for kids in Pioneer Park, noon-3 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Sunday, La Conner, Skagit County (888-642-9284 or www.laconnerchamber.com).
Around the state
SUN Music, parade at 6 p.m., fireworks display at dusk, 3-11 p.m. Sunday, Port Angeles (portangeles.org/wavebroadband4th.html).
SUN Crafts, music and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dock of the Bay Blues Festival, 1-10 p.m. Sunday, Westport Maritime Museum; fireworks at dusk from Westport Marina; Grays Harbor County (www.westportwa.com/events).
Aberdeen Splash Festival
SUN Arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival, games and fireworks display over the Chehalis River. Morrison Riverfront Park, Aberdeen (800-321-1924 or visitgraysharbor.com/).
Long Beach fireworks
SUN Fireworks at dusk Sunday, Long Beach, Pacific County (www.funbeach.com/).
Pasco Grand Old 4th
SUN Pancake breakfast, parade, 10 a.m., car show, live music, fireworks, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Gesa Stadium, Pasco (509-545-3456 CQ or www.visittri-cities.com).
Yakima’s 4th of July
SUN Children’s activities, vendors, entertainment, fireworks, 12:30-10 p.m. Sunday; carnival, Saturday-Monday, Yakima State Fair Park, Yakima (www.yakima4thofjuly.org).
Grand Coulee Dam
SAT-SUN “Festival of America” arts and crafts, food, entertainment, Saturday-Sunday; fireworks over the dam following the laser-light show, 10:35 p.m. Sunday, Grand Coulee Dam, Okanogan County (www.grandcouleedam.org).
Celebrate the Fourth at Maryhill
SUN Fourth of July picnic dinner, 5-8 p.m., music and laser light show, 6-11 p.m. Sunday, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Klickitat County (www.maryhillmuseum.org/2010_0704.html).
4th of July Celebration
SUN Food, games, contests, fireworks. noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Stewart Park, Zillah, Yakima County (www.visityakimavalley.org).
Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or email@example.com