Where to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades and picnics
A sampling of festivals, fireworks, picnics and parades around Seattle and the state of Washington planned for July 4, 2011.
Dates and times are
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Family Fourth at Lake Union
July 4 Thanks to community support, this annual event lives on at Gas Works Park, open noon to 11 p.m. All-ages games, noon-8 p.m.; food vendors, beer garden; personal picnics OK, coolers subject to search (no barbecues or alcohol may be brought in); fireworks over Lake Union, visible from many viewpoints, at dusk; 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; free (206-281-7788 or www.family4th.org).
Fourth of July
Ice Cream Social and Bowls
July 4 Lawn bowling, ice cream, 7-10:30 p.m., Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, 4103 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle; $5 (seattlebowls.org).
July 4 People from many nations will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States. Concert at 11 a.m. by Greenwood Concert Band, ceremony at noon; Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center (www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org).
Bellevue Family 4th
July 4 Celebration with live music, children's activities, food and fireworks show (10:05 p.m.). 4-10:30 p.m., Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; free (425-453-1223 or www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/familyfourth).
July 4 Children's parade, hat making and face painting start at 10 a.m., main parade at noon; picnic with food vendors, 1-5 p.m., Marina Park; bouncy toys for kids, 2 p.m., Heritage Park; evening music, fireworks at about 10:15 p.m., Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; free (www.celebratekirkland.org).
Fourth on the Plateau
July 4 Live music, food vendors, children's playground, fireworks at 10:15 p.m., Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish; free (www.ci.sammamish.wa.us/events/4thJuly.aspx).
Carnation Fourth of July
July 4 Craft vendors, children's parade (10:30 a.m.), grand parade on Main Street (11 a.m.), Hot Rods and Harleys, 5K Run/Walk, pancake breakfast (8 a.m.), live music, food, pony rides and bouncy toys for kids all day in Tolt Commons Park; fireworks at dusk at Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation; free (www.carnation4th.org).
Auburn 4th of July Festival
July 4 Kids' bike parade (noon), live entertainment on two stages, inflatable rides, climbing wall and bungee trampolines, trackless train, petting zoo, pony rides, bingo, bocce, car show, bingo, mini golf, 50 craft artists, food concessions, spray park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov).
July 4 3 p.m. downtown Burien; parade starts at Ambaum Boulevard Southwest and Southwest 149th Street, goes south on Ambaum; free (206-575-1633 or www.discoverburien.com).
Family 4th at the Fort
July 4 Inflatable bouncers and slides, entertainment stage, game theater, food vendors, 10 p.m. fireworks. 6-10 p.m. July 4, Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila; free (www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/).
Fireworks over Des Moines
July 4 Fireworks display over Puget Sound, 10 p.m., $1 donation requested inside gated areas at Des Moines Marina north parking lot or Beach Park; Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines (206-870-6547 or www.desmoineswa.gov/dept/parks_rec/events/fireworks.html).
Kent Fourth of July Splash
July 4 Old-fashioned games, athletic skills contests, classic car display, hands-on art projects, inflatable bouncers, watermelon and pie-eating contests, boat parade. Noon-11 p.m. Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; free (www.ci.kent.wa.us).
Renton Fabulous 4th of July
July 4 Free children's activities and face painting, noon to 8 p.m., stage entertainment 1:30-9:30 p.m., food concessions; fireworks over Lake Washington at 10 p.m., Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton; free (rentonwa.gov).
Red, White and Blues Luau
July 4 Entertainment 6-10 p.m., plus hot-dog eating contest, face painting, interactive arts, family games; fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; on-site parking opens 5:30 p.m. (253-835-6900 or itallhappenshere.org).
Enumclaw Stars and Stripes
July 4 Bike decorating for parade, 10-11:30 a.m., corner of Cole and Myrtle streets; parade at noon on Cole Street; fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Expo Center, Enumclaw; free (www.ci.enumclaw.wa.us).
Tacoma Freedom Fair
July 4 Air show (1:30-3:30 p.m. over Commencement Bay), music, outdoor market, children's activities, pole vaulting exhibition, stand-up paddleboard race (noon), car show, food vendors, fireworks (10:10 p.m.). 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Ruston Way waterfront, Tacoma; free admission, donations requested (www.freedomfair.com).
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
July 4 Fun run (10 a.m.), followed by a children's parade (11:30 a.m.), main parade at noon, starting at Sixth and Main streets; firefighter waterball competition, 3 p.m.; entertainment, 7:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m., Civic Stadium, Sixth and Bell; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., downtown Edmonds; free (425-776-6711 or www.edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html).
Bothell Freedom Festival
July 4 Free pancake breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Downtown Fire House, 10726 Beardslee Blvd.; children's parade, 11:15 a.m., from Main Street at 103rd Avenue; grand parade at noon, from Main Street at 104th Avenue, downtown Bothell; free (425-486-7430 or www.ci.bothell.wa.us).
Everett's Colors of Freedom
4th of July Festival
July 4 Colors of Freedom parade, Colby and Wetmore Avenues between Wall and 26th Streets, 11 a.m., free shuttle from Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.; kids' activities, food fair, live music and fireworks over Port Gardner Bay, 1-11 p.m.; free shuttle to Legion Park from Everett Community College's North Broadway lot or Everett Station; Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, free (425-257-8700 or www.enjoyeverett.org).
Fourth of July
July 4 Les Schwab USA Birthday Bash, auto races, demolition derby, fireworks at dusk, 4-10 p.m., Evergreen Speedway, 14505 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $12-$20 (360-805-6100 or www.evergreenspeedway.com/).
Arlington Frontier Days/Fourth of July
July 4 Pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m., triathlon 8 a.m., Kiwanis auctions, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., noon; kiddies parade, 4:30 p.m., grand parade 5 p.m., both on Olympic Avenue; Stilly Duck Dash, 7:30 p.m., all at Haller Park, 1100 West Ave.; fireworks at dusk at Boys & Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave., Arlington (www.ci.arlington.wa.us).
Around the Sound
Poulsbo Third of July
July 3 Entertainment, vendors, fireworks. Noon-10 p.m. July 3, Liberty Bay Park, on the waterfront, Poulsbo; free (www.ThirdofJuly.org).
La Conner Parade, Picnic
and Fireworks on July 3
July 3 Parade, 12:30 p.m.; community picnic and games for kids in Pioneer Park after the parade, 1:30-4 p.m.; fireworks over Swinomish Channel, 10 p.m.; all events July 3, La Conner; free (360-466-4778 or www.laconnerchamber.com).
Grand Old Fourth
July 4 Pancake breakfast (7 a.m.), street fair (9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Brien and Bjune drives and Waterfront Park), food, entertainment (Winslow Mall and Waterfront Park), classic car show, foot races, baseball game, beer garden and parade (1 p.m.), Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-3700 or www.bainbridgechamber.com).
Old Fashioned 4th of July
July 4 Family celebration, grand parade, fireworks at dusk. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. Windjammer Park, 1600 S.E. Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor; free (www.oakharborchamber.com).
Anacortes Independence Day
July 4 Town photo (10 a.m., Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue), parade (at 11 a.m., from Third and Commercial), patriotic program at Causland Park and fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Causland Park, Eighth Street and N Avenue, Anacortes; free (www.anacortes.org/news.cfm).
Kingston 4th of July Celebration
July 2-4 Tiny Town children's entertainment, games, pony rides, food and crafts in Kola Kole Park, 26096 W. First St. N.E., July 2-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; parade at 12:15 p.m. July 4; music festival at Mike Wallace Park, 4-10 p.m. and fireworks over Apple Tree Cove at dusk July 4; Kingston, Kitsap Peninsula (kingstontinytown.com).
Family Fourth of July Celebration, Bellingham
July 4 Entertainment and Kids Zone, 1-9 p.m., vendors, food, beer garden, fireworks at dusk, Zuanich Point Park, 2600 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham (bellingham.com).
Point Roberts July Fourth
July 4 Parade and family funfest with games, prizes, musical entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lighthouse Marine Park, 811 Marine Drive, Point Roberts; free (360-945-2313 or www.pointrobertschamberofcommerce.com).
Around the state
Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration
July 4 Parade at 6 p.m., starting in front of Clallam County Courthouse; live music on Pier Stage, 7- 10 p.m., fireworks at dusk, Port Angeles City Pier, Railroad and Lincoln Streets, Port Angeles; free (www.portangeles.org/wavebroadband4th.html).
Westport Booming Bay fireworks
July 4 Fireworks display at dusk. Westport Marina, downtown Westport; free (www.thepointatwestport.com).
Fireworks on the Beach
July 4 Bolstad Avenue Beach Approach, Long Beach; free (www.funbeach.com).
Grand Coulee Dam
July 3-4 Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, July 3-4; fireworks over the dam following laser light show, 10:35 p.m. July 4, Grand Coulee Dam, Okanogan County; free (www.grandcouleedam.org).
July 4 Festival celebrates children and their families with snacks, old-fashioned games. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Front Street, downtown Leavenworth; free (509-548-5807 or www.leavenworth.org).
Maryhill 4th of July
July 4 Cookout (1-4 p.m.), flag-making activity (1-4 p.m.), live music. 1-4 p.m. Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, Klickitat County; free (www.maryhillmuseum.org).
Pasco Grand Old 4th
July 4 Downtown parade (10 a.m., from Fourth and Sylvester) and fireworks show. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd., Pasco; free (509-545-3456 or www.pasco-wa.gov).
Yakima's 4th of July
July 4 Children's activities, vendors, stage entertainment (noon-9:30 p.m.); fireworks, 10 p.m., July 4; carnival rides, July 1-4, Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S. Fair Ave., Yakima (www.yakima4thofjuly.org).
Zillah 4th of July
July 4 Food, 6:30 p.m.; Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., Stewart Park, 107 First Ave., Zillah; free (www.cityofzillah.us).
Compiled by Jeff Albertson, 206-464-2304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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