The big party is Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works and Lake Union parks, leading up to the big fireworks show Saturday.
Happy birthday, USA! Celebrate the Fourth of July, America’s birthday, Saturday at a variety of events around the area. Seattle’s big party is Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works and Lake Union parks, leading up to the big fireworks show. On the Eastside, Bellevue Family 4th is the big event, festivities ending with the grand fireworks show in Bellevue Downtown Park.
Seafair Summer Fourth’s festivities at Gas Works Park feature games, food, exhibits, entertainment, beverage garden and Kids Zone. South Lake Union Park also has entertainment, food vendors, exhibits and a beverage garden, along with the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival (Friday through Sunday July 3-5), celebrating local maritime heritage with boat tours, boat rides and toy-boat building for kids.
Street closures, limited parking and reduced holiday bus service call for some planning to get to and from Seafair Summer Fourth. Admission is free, though both venues offer reserved seating areas available up until the day of the event if space is available. The fireworks are visible from many vantage points around the city, but no one has to miss the show; KIRO 7’s TV and mobile live coverage starts at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Bellevue Family 4th fills the afternoon and evening with entertainment, Family Fun Zone activities, food vendors and Independence Day performances by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra before, during and after the fireworks extravaganza. Free parking at Bellevue City Hall and after 6 p.m. at The Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place). Some streets will be closed or have turn restrictions at varying times.
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Rules vary at events, though all prohibit personal fireworks and alcohol (outside of venue beverage gardens). Outside food and beverages are permitted; with the hot weather expected this weekend, be sure to bring and/or purchase plenty of liquids.
Some venues allow tents or portable canopies and others don’t; check the website for regulations before heading out.
Emerald Downs Fireworks Spectacular
FRI Thoroughbred horse racing, first race 4:30 p.m. Friday, followed by fireworks show and country music concert by Seth Alley, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn; $7, ages 17 and younger free (253-288-7000 or emeralddowns.com/).
Fourth of July, Eatonville
FRI-SAT Food, vendors, 5 p.m. Friday, entertainment, 6 p.m., fireworks display, dusk Friday, Eatonville Elementary School; Fourth of July parade, noon Saturday, Eatonville (eatonvillechamber.com)
Family Fourth of July, SeaTac
FRI-SUN Children’s carnival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, wristband $19/day; spray park, entertainment, fireworks, 11 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Saturday, Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac; no on-site parking, limited free parking available at nearby locations (206-973-4680 or ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=704).
Seafair Summer Fourth
SAT Food vendors, beer and beverage garden, games, exhibits, Kids Zone, music and entertainment, fireworks show, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; food vendors, entertainment, beverage garden, 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free, $25 reserved seating available; both locations prohibit alcohol, marijuana, glass bottles, fireworks, pets, weapons, firearms (seafair.com/p/about/241).
SAT Swearing in of 400 people from 75 countries as new citizens of the United States. Speakers include U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, Gov. Jay Inslee, Master of Ceremonies Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; musical performances, noon; performance by Greenwood Concert Band, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic
SAT Music by local bands including Heatwarmer, Tangerine and The Not-Its!, free hot dogs, root-beer tasting garden, pie-eating contest, kids’ games and activities; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle (goo.gl/z1a3rl).
Bellevue Family Fourth
SAT Family Fun Zone, 2-8:30 p.m., international food court, entertainment; Bellevue Youth Symphony Independence Day performance, 9:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10:05 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; free parking after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection and at Bellevue City Hall visitor parking lot, 450 11th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (bellevuedowntown.com).
Burien Fourth of July Parade
SAT Marching bands, floats, Seafair pirates, 3 p.m. Saturday, Southwest 152nd Street from Eighth Avenue, onto Second Avenue onto Southwest 153rd Street to Ambaum Boulevard Southwest, Burien (206-433-2882 or discoverburien.org).
Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July
SAT Children’s parade, 11:30 a.m., downtown parade, noon; food vendors, music, 5 p.m.; fireworks 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (celebratekirkland.org/index.htm).
Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
SAT Free Kid Zone activities, inflatables, food vendors, stage entertainment, noon Saturday, fireworks at 10 p.m.; park opens 7 a.m. Saturday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (425-430-6600 or rentonwa.gov).
Fireworks Over Des Moines
SAT Food trucks, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; beer garden, food vendors, 5-10 p.m.; music, 6-9 p.m.; fireworks, 10:15 p.m., Saturday; carnival, 4-9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday; Des Moines Marina, Des Moines (seafair.com/events/2015/fire-in-the-sky-fireworks-over-des-moines).
Newcastle 4th at the Lake Celebration
SAT Food vendors, music, 6 p.m., fireworks show, 10 p.m. Saturday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or ci.newcastle.wa.us).
Family Fourth at the Fort, Tukwila
SAT Park open 9 a.m., entertainment, food vendors, kids’ activities open 4 p.m.; fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday, Fort Dent Park, 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila (206-768-2822 or tukwilawa.gov/recreation/recevent.html).
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
SAT Beat Brackett 5K, 10 a.m. Saturday; children’s parade, 11:30 a.m.; parade, noon, downtown Edmonds; food vendors, entertainment, 7:30 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Civic Stadium, Edmonds (425-776-6711 or edmondswa.com).
Fourth of July Splash, Kent
SAT Food vendors, activities, art projects, athletic games, stage entertainment, noon; fireworks, 10 p.m. Saturday, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent (kentarts.com).
Red, White and Blues Festival, Federal Way
SAT Blues, rock and international music by local bands, food vendors, kids’ activities, 4-10 p.m. Saturday; fireworks display, 10:15 p.m.; grounds open 3:30 p.m., Celebration Park, 32205 11th Pl. S., Federal Way; on-site parking $7 (cityoffederalway.com/index.aspx?nid=529).
Independence Day, Issaquah
SAT Games, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Olde Town Issaquah; Kids, Pets ‘N Pride Parade, 11 a.m., Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street, Issaquah (ci.issaquah.wa.us/).
Fourth on the Plateau, Sammamish
SAT Food vendors, kids’ bouncy houses, entertainment, fireworks display, 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (sammamish.us/events/Default.aspx?ID=3423).
Bothell 4th of July
SAT Children’s parade, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, parade, noon, Main Street, Bothell; music, 1 p.m., Wilmot Park, 17301 131st Ave. N.E., Woodinville; fireworks show, 10 p.m. Saturday, Log Boom Park, Kenmore (bothellblog.net/content/bothells-fourth-july-event-calendar-and-fireworks-regulations).
4th of July, Everett
SAT Parade with marching bands, dance and drill teams, 11 a.m. Saturday, Colby Street and Wetmore Avenue, Everett; Street Fair with music, antique car show, pony rides, food, noon-3 p.m., First Baptist Church, Everett; Public Safety Open House, noon-4 p.m., Everett Police Station; festival with kids’ activities, food fair, music, fireworks, 1-11 p.m. Saturday, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; fireworks at 10:20 p.m. on the water, other viewing locations Grand Avenue Park, 1800 Grand Ave., and Port of Everet Marina District (everettwa.gov/790/Fourth-of-July).
Grand Old Fourth of July, Bainbridge
SAT Street fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Family Fun Run, 9 a.m.; car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; beer and wine garden, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., parade, 1 p.m., downtown Winslow; fireworks at dusk over Eagle Harbor (grandold4th.com/).
Fireworks on the 4th of July, Bremerton
SAT Fireworks show, dusk Saturday, view from Bremerton and Port Orchard waterfronts (portofbremerton.org/events/bm/fireworks-4th-july).
4th of July Fireworks, Vashon
SAT Fireworks show dusk Saturday, Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon (business.vashonchamber.com/events/details/4th-of-july-fireworks-53793).
Freedom Fair, Tacoma
SAT Air shows, entertainment, food vendors, exhibits, rides, fireworks show, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Waterfront Park, Ruston Way, Tacoma; suggested donation $2-$15; Express Bus service available from Tacoma Dome Station and Tacoma Community College, $5/round trip (253-507-9357 or freedomfair.com/index.php#).
Carnation 4th of July Celebration
SAT 5K Run for the Pies, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, $20-$30; Kiddie Parade, 10:30 a.m., Grand Parade, 11 a.m., Main Street; entertainment, vendor village, car show, Carnation; entertainment, beer garden, fireworks, 1 p.m.-dusk, King County Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation (carnation4th.org/events.htm).
July 4th Frontier Days, Arlington
SAT Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon, 8 a.m., Haller Park; carnival games, noon-4 p.m., Legion Park; Kiddies Parade, 4:30 p.m., Grand Parade, 5 p.m., Olympic Avenue; fireworks display, 9 p.m. Saturday, Arlington (arlingtonwa.gov/index.aspx?page=24&recordid=3433).
Oak Harbor Old Fashioned July 4th
SAT Parade, carnival, vendor market, entertainment, fireworks show, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Windjammer Park, 1600 S.E. Beeksma Dr., Oak Harbor (360-675-3755 or oakharborchamber.com/pages/4thofJulyCommittee/).