Even as bans on personal pyrotechnics grow, there will be no shortage of fireworks and community celebrations on the Eastside come July...
Even as bans on personal pyrotechnics grow, there will be no shortage of fireworks and community celebrations on the Eastside come July 4th.
Kirkland kicks off its centennial with two fireworks displays, at Juanita Beach and Marina Park. Starting at 10 p.m., visitors can view the fireworks from any of the downtown waterfront parks. Pets and alcohol are not allowed.
Redmond usually spends about $100,000 on its annual show at Marymoor Park, but will combine resources with Woodinville this year to create one of the most intense displays Woodinville has seen.
Expect brighter, bigger bangs from the fireworks at the Sammamish Valley Fourth of July Celebration, said Marie Stake, communication coordinator for Woodinville.
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The 20-minute Woodinville-Redmond show will be held at JB Instant Lawn, next to the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, where Woodinville’s show has been the past 11 years. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks blast off at 10:30 p.m. Free shuttles for viewers will be offered from locations in Woodinville, Redmond and Kingsgate.
One lucky person will get their pyrotechnic fix in Carnation. For the first time, a volunteer committee is raffling off the chance to light the first fireworks at Tolt/MacDonald Park. Tickets cost $5 and are for sale to adults 21 and older. The winner will be announced at 8:30 p.m. and must don firefighterlike protective gear, according to Kim Lisk, event chairwoman.
“It turns out this is every man’s dream,” she said.
In addition to the fireworks show, there will be hot rods and Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display throughout the day in the Bank of America parking lot on Tolt Avenue.
A number of local mascots — including the Seattle Thunderbirds Cool Bird and Ronald McDonald — will greet visitors at the Bellevue Family 4th Celebration in Bellevue Downtown Park.
The children’s area next to the waterfall has grown and will include a performance stage, stilt walkers and a train ride. Main stage events begin at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10:05 p.m.