Boom! 26 activities for July 4
A roundup of Puget Sound-area holiday festivities for July 4, 2014 — Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Renton, Kenmore, Everett and more.
Seattle Times staff
Looking to go forth on the Glorious Fourth? Listed here are plenty of things to do to celebrate the holiday on Friday. Take note, the Seafair Summer Fourth takes place in two venues, Gas Works Park and South Lake Union Park:
Seafair Summer Fourth
FRI Games, entertainment, food vendors, contests, beer garden, noon-11 p.m.; Seafair Pirates arrive, 5 p.m.; Seafair Clowns arrive, 6 p.m.; fireworks show set to music, 10 p.m. Friday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; reserved seating (if still available) $20-$25; and, at a new venue this year: entertainment, military-vehicle display, beer garden, food vendors, noon-10 p.m.; Seafair Clowns arrive, 3 p.m.; Seafair Pirates arrive, 6 p.m., South Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; no tents, barbecues, pets, glass bottles, marijuana, alcohol, weapons; free; reserved seating (if still available) $20-$25 (seafair.com).
FRI Greenwood Concert Band performance, 11 a.m.; presentation of the colors and performances as more than 400 people from 80 countries will be sworn in as U.S. citizens, presentation of the “Spirit of Liberty” award, noon Friday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (ethnicheritagecouncil.org/).
Bellevue Collection Family Fourth
FRI Family Fun Zone, food vendors, entertainment, games, 2-9 p.m.; presentation of the colors, 9 p.m.; Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra performance, 9:30-10:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10:05 p.m. Bellevue Downtown Park, Bellevue; free parking at Bellevue City Hall visitors lot, 450 110th Ave. N.E., and after 6 p.m. at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place (bellevuedowntown.com).
Burien 4th of July Parade
FRI Firefighters, drill teams, marching bands, antique cars, Chinese dragon, 3 p.m., route follows Ambaum Boulevard Southwest from Southwest 150th Street to Southwest 153rd Street, north on Second Avenue Southwest, then west on Southwest 152nd Street, Burien (b-townblog.com).
Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Celebration
FRI Children’s parade decorating events, 10 a.m., Marina Park Pavilion; children’s walking parade, 11:30 a.m., downtown parade, noon, Market and Central streets; food vendors, 1-10:30 p.m.; music in the park, 5-10 p.m.; fireworks display, 10:15 p.m. Friday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (www.celebratekirkland.org).
Renton Fabulous 4th of July
FRI Children’s activities, noon-8 p.m., entertainment, 1:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m., Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (rentonwa.gov/living/).
Fourth on the Plateau, Sammamish
FRI Entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors, fireworks show, 6-11 p.m., Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (www.sammamish.us/events).
SeaTac Family Fourth of July
FRI-SUN Entertainment, 1-9:45 p.m.; fireworks show, 10:15 p.m.; also, carnival, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, $19/day; Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac (206-973-4680 or ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=704).
Fireworks over Des Moines
FRI Food vendors, beer/wine garden, 5-11 p.m. Friday; concert, 6 p.m.; fireworks show 10:15 p.m., Des Moines Marina, 22506 Marine View Drive S., Des Moines (destinationdesmoines.org).
4th Celebration at the Lake, Newcastle
FRI Food vendors, 6-8 p.m.; band performance, 8-10 p.m., fireworks display, 10 p.m., Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or www.ci.newcastle.wa.us).
Issaquah Down Home 4th of July
FRI Kids ‘n Pets Parade, 11 a.m., register 10 a.m. online, or at Visitors Information Center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; pony rides, bouncy houses, games, races, Slug Speed Race and Beauty Pageant (bring your own slug), pie-eating contest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Veterans Memorial Field, 120 Second Ave. N.E., Issaquah (www.downhome4th.org).
Kent Fourth of July Splash
FRI Entertainment, noon-9:30 p.m.; food vendors, bouncy houses, toy-boat building, games, noon-5 p.m.; fireworks display, 10 p.m., Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; parking and shuttle-bus service from Kent Fire Station, Kentwood High School, Meridian Elementary School (kentwa.gov/arts/splash).
Auburn 4th of July Festival
FRI Entertainment, inflatable rides, vendors, car show, petting zoo, preschool playground, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; kids’ bike parade, noon, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn; free, fees for some activities (www.auburnwa.gov).
Federal Way Red, White and Blues Festival
FRI Performances, kids’ activities, food vendors, 4 p.m.; Kids’ Parade, 7 p.m., fireworks show, 10:15 p.m., Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; park opens 3 p.m., parking $7, no pets (www.ci.federal-way.wa.us).
An Edmonds Kind of 4th
FRI Children’s Parade, 11:30 a.m., main parade, noon; vendors, entertainment, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Friday, Edmonds (www.edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html).
Bothell Freedom Festival
FRI Pancake breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fire Station, 10726 Beardslee Blvd., free; children’s parade, 11:15 a.m., Main Street from 103rd Avenue; “Protecting Our Freedom-Recognizing Those Who Serve” grand parade, noon Friday, Main Street and Bothell Way, Bothell (www.ci.bothell.wa.us).
Kenmore Fireworks Show
FRI Music and other activities, 8 p.m., fireworks show, 10 p.m., Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore (www.cityofkenmore.com/events).
July 4th Colors of Everett
FRI Colors of Freedom parade, 11 a.m., Colby and Wetmore avenues between Wall and 26th streets; festival with kids’ activities, music, food vendors, fireworks show, 1-11 p.m. Friday, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett (www.everettwa.org).
Bainbridge Grand Old Fourth of July
FRI Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m., street fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., classic car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; beer and wine garden, music, kids’ zone activities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m., fireworks at dusk, 395 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge (206-842-3700 or www.bainbridgechamber.com).
Tacoma Freedom Fair
FRI Air show over Commencement Bay, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; BMX bike shows, noon-7:30 p.m.; Blues Stage entertainment, 3:30-9:30 p.m.; drum circle, 2-8 p.m.; food vendors and activities all day; fireworks extravaganza, 10:10 p.m., Marine Park, 3931 Ruston Way, Tacoma; free, $2-$15 donation suggested (253-507-9357 or www.freedomfair.com).
Meeker Mansion July 4th Family Social & Puyallup Community Band Concert
FRI Family games, 2 p.m.; Puyallup Community Band holiday concert, snack shack, 3 p.m. Friday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; free (253-848-1770 or www.meekermansion.org).
DuPont 4th Fest
FRI Entertainment including British Export Beatles tribute band, vendors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Duck Race to benefit Parks and Recreation, 1 p.m., $5; Clock Tower Park, 1408 Thompson Circle, DuPont, Pierce County (253-912-5245 or www.ci.dupont.wa.us).
Steilacoom Grand Old Fourth
FRI Fun run, 9 a.m.; street fair, beer garden, entertainment, 10 a.m. through the day; parade, 1 p.m.; tribal-museum tour, 3 p.m., $5/person; family street dance, 7-10 p.m.; fireworks, 10:30 p.m., Steilacoom Town Hall, 1715 Lafayette St., Steilacoom; donations welcome (www.steilacoom.org/4july.html).
Enumclaw Stars & Stripes Celebration
FRI Star Spangled Breakfast, 8-11 a.m.; parade, noon; music and beer garden, 1 p.m., downtown Enumclaw; fireworks, 9:45 p.m. Friday, Southwood Soccer Fields, Enumclaw (www.cityofenumclaw.net).
Arlington Frontier Days July 4th
FRI Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon, 8 a.m.; carnival games, food, noon-4 p.m., Legion Park; Kiddies Parade, 4:30 p.m.; Grand Parade, 5 p.m., Olympic Avenue; fireworks display, 9 p.m., Arlington (360-403-3448 or www.arlingtonwa.gov).
Independence Day, Darrington
FRI Parade with local firefighter heroes, horses, noon; street fair; fireworks show at dusk, Darrington (www.darringtonwatourism.com).
Madeline McKenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org