Fireworks, festivals, parades and more are planned for this year’s celebration of our nation’s birth. Happy Fourth of July!
Lake Union 4th of July
Gates open, food vendors, exhibits, inflatables for kids, noon; entertainment, 2-7 p.m.; games and contests, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.; fireworks show, 10:15 p.m.; Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; parking limited, food and coolers permitted subject to search, no outside alcohol, no pets, no glass bottles (www.seafair.com).
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Skyway Post Veterans of Foreign Wars honors the nation’s birthday with program on the 27 versions of the flag of the United States through history, for all ages, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
Bellevue Family 4th
Family Fun Zone play area — games, inflatable rides — opens 2 p.m.; entertainment by local bands begins 3:45 p.m.; presentation of the colors, 9 p.m.; Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, 9:30 p.m. before and during fireworks display, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue (www.bellevuedowntown.org).
Celebrate Kirkland — 4th of July Celebration
Children’s decorating event, 10 a.m.; children’s parade, 11:30 a.m.; parade, noon; food vendors, 1-10:30 p.m.; music, 5-10 p.m.; fireworks display, 10:15 p.m., Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (www.celebratekirkland.org/eventschedule.htm).
Fourth on the Plateau
Music, kids’ activities, food vendors, 6 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (www.sammamish.us/events/FourthOnThePlateau.aspx).
An Edmonds Kind of 4th
5K run, 10 a.m., City Park; Children’s Parade, 11:30 a.m., Fifth Avenue South and Howell Street; main parade, noon; entertainment, food vendors, 7:30 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Civic Playfield, Edmonds (425-670-1496 or www.edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html).
Bothell 4th of July
Pancake breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Downtown Firehouse, 10726 Beardslee Blvd.; children’s parade, 11:15 a.m.; grand parade, noon, Main Street, Bothell (www.ci.bothell.wa.us).
Celebrate Woodinville — July 4 Concert in the Park
Music for all ages, wine garden, beer, food, vendors, noon, Wilmot Gateway Park, 1730 N.E. 131st Ave., Woodinville; free (425-481-8300 or www.celebratewoodinville.com).
Kenmore Fourth of July Fireworks
Food vendors, activities, 8 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore (www.kenmorewa.gov/events).
Renton Fabulous 4th of July
Children’s activities, noon-8 p.m.; free canoe rides, 1-5 p.m.; entertainment, 1:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m., Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton; parking extremely limited (rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=5920).
Burien Independence Parade
Bands, cars, drill teams, community groups, 3 p.m., Ambaum Boulevard from Southwest 149th Street, east on Southwest 153rd Street, north on Second Avenue South, west on Southwest 152nd Street, Burien (www.discoverburien.com).
Tukwila Family Fourth at the Fort
Park opens, 9 a.m.; entertainment, food vendors, bouncy rides, 4 p.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m., Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila (206-768-2822 or www.tukwilawa.gov/recreation/recevent.html).
Fireworks over Des Moines
Festivities begin 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk, Des Moines Marina and Beach Park, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines (seafair.com).
Auburn 4th of July Festival
Entertainment, kids’ crafts, arts and crafts vendors, car show, inflatable rides ($5/unlimited rides), food vendors, book sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., bike parade at noon, Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov/events).
Federal Way Red, White and Blues Festival
Arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment, 6 p.m., fireworks, 10:15 p.m., Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way (253-835-6900 or www.cityoffederalway.com
Bainbridge Grand Old Fourth of July Parade and Fair
Parade, 1 p.m., street fair, kids’ activities, entertainment, vendors, classic-car show, beer garden, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterfront Park and surrounding area, Bainbridge (206-842-3700 or www.bainbridgechamber.com).
Carnation 4th of July Celebration
5K Run for the Pies, 8:30 a.m., registration 7 a.m.; pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m., Tolt Congregational Church; Kiddie Parade, 10:30 a.m., Grand Parade, 11 a.m., Main Street; 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Hot Rods & Harleys, noon-4 p.m.; vendors, bouncy toys, entertainment, all day; beer garden, 4-10 p.m., fireworks at dusk, downtown Carnation (carnation4th.org).
Tacoma Freedom Fair
Airshows, food vendors, rides, exhibits, fireworks, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Ruston Way waterfront, Tacoma; suggested minimum donation $2 (www.freedomfair.com).
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