July 4 offers big events in Seattle and around the region.
Seafair Summer Fourth is Seattle’s big celebration, with music, food vendors, beer gardens, games and a kids play zone throughout the day at Gas Works Park, ending with a grand display of fireworks at 10:15 p.m. over Lake Union, synchronized to music. Admission to Seafair Summer Fourth is free, with some reserved seating, if it’s not sold out. There’s no parking at Gas Works Park on the holiday, and parking in the neighborhood is very limited. If you aren’t within viewing distance, KIRO 7 TV broadcasts the fireworks show live.
This year, an event to see the Lake Union fireworks for ages 21 and older has been added, with limited reserved seating and a beer garden at Lake Union Park.
All are welcome at another traditional Independence Day event, the Naturalization Ceremony welcoming new U.S. citizens, noon July 4, with music starting at 11 a.m., at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. More than 500 people from countries around the world will be sworn in as U.S. citizens at a festive event with the Washington State Color Guard, patriotic music, local children leading the Pledge of Allegiance, and welcoming addresses to the new citizens by King County Executive Dow Constantine and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. (Gov. Jay Inslee has canceled his appearance at the event.)
On the Eastside, Bellevue Family Fourth offers music, vendors and activities in Bellevue Downtown Park, leading up to a spectacular fireworks show.
The food court, kids entertainment area (with inflatable rides) and other activities open at 2 p.m., with musical performances starting at 3:45 p.m., including a dance party with The Nines. The Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra takes center stage to play music before and after the fireworks show, along with a performance synchronized to the fireworks show at 10:05 p.m.
Free parking is available after 6 p.m. at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. For the safety of everyone, no alcohol, fireworks, pets and barbecues are allowed.
Planning ahead and allowing lots of time to get to all Fourth of July festivities is recommended, since the events draw big crowds and parking is often limited. Public transportation is a great option, but check holiday schedules first.
More Fourth of July events
JULY 4 Welcoming new U.S. citizens on Independence Day; Washington State Guard Color Guard, patriotic song performances, Native American welcome, welcoming addresses by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Sen. Maria Cantwell, music starts 11 a.m., ceremony noon July 4, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Seafair Summer Fourth
JULY 4 Music, games, food vendors, beer garden, fireworks show, noon-11 p.m. July 4, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; free, VIP seats available by advance reservation; and for ages 21 and older only, beer garden and reserved seating, 3-11 p.m. July 4, Lake Union Park, Seattle, $20-$60 (seafair.com).
Bellevue Family Fourth
JULY 4 Entertainment, kids activities, food vendors, fireworks show, 2-10:30 p.m. July 4, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue (bellevuedowntown.com/events/family-4th).
Burien Independence Day Parade and Criterium Bike Race
JULY 4 Bike races, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; parade, 3 p.m. July 4, Southwest 152nd Street and Sixth Avenue Southwest, Burien (discoverburien.org).
4th of July Kirkland
JULY 4 Children’s decorating event, 10 a.m., Marina Park; children’s walking parade, 11:30 a.m., downtown parade noon, Market Street and Central Avenue; community picnic and food vendors, 1-10 p.m., music 3 p.m., fireworks display 10:30 p.m. July 4, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/Permits_and_Reservations/SpecialEvents/kirkland4th.htm).
Newcastle Fourth of July
JULY 4 Food vendors, 6 p.m., music 8 p.m., fireworks 10 p.m. July 4, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (newcastlewa.gov/workspaces/one.aspx?objectid=13007264).
Issaquah Down Home 4th of July Heritage Day Celebration
JULY 4 Kids ’n Pets parade, 11 a.m., Front Street from Rainier to Alder Place, register online by noon July 3 or at 10 a.m. July 4 at 425 Rainier Boulevard N.; followed by games, entertainment, food trucks, Issaquah History Museums activities, until 2 p.m. July 4, Veterans Memorial Field, 120 Second Ave. N.E., Issaquah (business.issaquahchamber.com/events/details/down-home-4th-of-july-5566).
Fourth on the Plateau, Sammamish
JULY 4 Food trucks, kids’ activities, game area, 6 p.m., fireworks show, 10 p.m. July 4, Sammamish City Hall Plaza, 801 228th Pl. S.E., Sammamish (sammamish.us/event/?id=51816).
Kenmore Fourth of July Fireworks Show
JULY 4 Games, bounce house, DJ, food vendors, 7:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. July 4, Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore (kenmorewa.gov/events).
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
JULY 4 Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K, 9 a.m.; Children’s Parade, 11:30 a.m.; main parade, noon; entertainment and vendors, 7:30 p.m., fireworks 10 p.m. July 4, Civic Field, Seventh Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html).
Renton 4th of July Celebration
JULY 4 Volleyball tournaments, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Kids and Family Activity Zone, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; stage entertainment, noon-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. July 4, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (rentonwa.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=12288788).
Family Fourth of July, SeaTac
JULY 4 Water spray park, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., children’s bouncers, noon-8 p.m., $5; entertainment, 1-10 p.m.; fireworks show 10 p.m. July 4, Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac; offsite parking at several locations (seatacwa.gov/government/city-departments/parks-community-programs-services/special-events/family-fourth-of-july).
Fireworks over Des Moines
JULY 4 Fireworks show, 10:30 p.m. July 4, Des Moines Marina, Des Moines (destinationdesmoines.org).
Fourth of July Splash, Kent
JULY 4 Music, games, bouncy houses, food vendors, fireworks finale, noon-11 p.m. July 4, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; free parking and shuttle buses from Kentwood High School, Mattson Middle School, Kent Fire Station #75 (kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/events/fourth-of-july-splash).
Auburn Fourth of July Festival
JULY 4 Bike parade, noon; entertainment on two stages, arts and craft area, car show, inflatable rides, rock wall, euro-bungee trampolines, train rides and other activities for children, bingo, mini golf, bocce, book sale, food vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn; $5 wristband for unlimited kids activities (auburnwa.gov).
Federal Way Red, White and Blues Festival
JULY 4 Entertainment, games, food, sports, inflatables, vendors, fireworks, 2-11:30 p.m. July 4, Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way (visitfw.org/schedule/events-calendar).
Grand Old Fourth of July, Bainbridge
JULY 4 Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m.; street fair arts, crafts, and food vendors, entertainment, Kids’ Zone with games, pony rides, activities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Family Fun Run, 1 mile, 5k and Kis Dash, 9-10:30 a.m.; classic, antique and special interest car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Old Timers’ Baseball Game, 9:30 a.m.; beer and wine garden, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; pizza eating contest, noon; mile long parade, 1 p.m., Madison Avenue and Winslow Way, Bainbridge (grandold4th.com).
Puyallup Red White and Kaboom
JULY 4 Car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Poker lRun 1-3 p.m.; beer garden, food trucks, craft fair, kids activities, noon; concert 4 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m., Pioneer Park and downtown Puyallup (business.puyallupsumnerchamber.com/events/details/4th-of-july-red-white-and-kaboom-10054).
DuPont Fourth of July Celebration
JULY 4 Historical Society pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m., Clocktower Park ($4-$7); Fourth of July parade, 10 a.m.; Clocktower Park Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; festivities, fireworks, 6-9 p.m. July 4, dinner and reserved seating available, The Home Course, DuPont (ci.dupont.wa.us).
Stars and Stripes for Everett
JULY 4 Colors of Freedom Parade, marching bands, drill teams, giant puppets, clowns, 11 a.m. July 4, Colby and Wetmore Avenues, Everett; Colors of Freedom Festival kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden, music, fireworks, 1-11 p.m. July 4, Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; no parking at festival, free shuttles from Everett Station and Everett Community College (everettwa.gov/790/4th-of-July-in-Everett).
Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk
JULY 4 Non-competitive 4k event, post-race celebration music, pet costume contest, vendors, 9 a.m. July 4, Ashwood Park, 10820 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue; $20 (425-990-3096 or bellevuedowntown.com/events/four-on-the-fourth).
4th of July Barbecue
JULY 4 Vegan food, grilled corn, taco bar, salad, ice cream; music, games, 2-6 p.m. July 4, 321 15th Ave., Seattle; $22 (www.strangertickets.com/events/95767373/4th-of-july-vegan-bbq).
Summer Concerts, The Locks
JULY 4 Seattle Civic Band, 2 p.m. July 4; Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle; free (nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Locks-and-Dams/Chittenden-Locks/Calendar-of-Events).
JULY 4 Seattle Wind Symphony festive, patriotic “Birthday Party for America” concert with 90-voice choir, color guard, singalong, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; free, tickets required (206-215-4747 or seattlewindsymphony.org).
Metro Employees Historic Vehicles Association
JULY 4 Four-hour tour of Seattle neighborhoods on vintage trackless trolley buses, with stops for photos and lunch; no food or beverages allowed on historic buses, 11 a.m. July 4, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, ORCA and Metro tickets and transfers not accepted (206-477-0460 or mehva.org).
Independence Day Walk
JULY 4 Emerald City Wanderers volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 3K walk on sidewalks and trails on north Beacon Hill, start time 8:45-9:15 a.m. July 4, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, or Beacon Hill Light Rail Station (emeraldcitywanderers.org).