Fourth of July events
Festivals and events happening around Seattle and the state of Washington for the Fourth of July, 2010.
Northwest travel guides
Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.
Family Fourth at Lake Union
July 4 Thanks to a late rally of community support, this annual event lives on. All-ages games, food, beer garden; fireworks show at dusk. Noon-11 p.m. July 4. Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; free (206-281-7788 or www.family4th.org).
July 4 More than 500 people from more than 75 countries will be sworn in by a U.S. District Court judge as new citizens of the United States. Concert at 11 a.m. by Air National Guard Band of the Northwest, Total Experience Gospel Choir and other performers; ceremony at noon; Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center (www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org).
"The Twenty-Seven Flags"
4th of July Celebration
July 4 Skyway Post 9430 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honors the nation's 232nd birthday with a salute to the American flag — all 27 versions that have officially represented the United States over the years. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $8-$15 (museumofflight.org).
Bellevue Family 4th
July 4 Fourth of July celebration with live music, children's activities, food and fireworks show. 4-10:30 p.m. Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; free (425-425-4106 or www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/familyfourth/).
July 4 Children's parade 11:30 a.m., main parade at noon, both from Market Street and Central Way; hat making and face painting starts 10 a.m., picnic with food vendors, 1-5 p.m., Marina Park; bouncy toys for kids, 2 p.m., Heritage Park; music at 7:30 p.m., fireworks display 10 p.m., Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; free (www.celebratekirkland.org).
Fourth on the Plateau
July 4 Music, food vendors, children's playground and fireworks display. 6-11 p.m. July 4. Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish; free (www.ci.sammamish.wa.us/events/4thJuly.aspx).
Carnation Fourth of July Celebration
July 4 Craft vendors, children's parade (10:30 a.m.), grand parade (11 a.m.); Hot Rods and Harleys, 5K Run/Walk, pancake breakfast (8 a.m.), live music, Food and arts and crafts booths. downtown Carnation, Tolt Avenue and Bird Street; free (www.carnation4th.org).
Independence Day Parade
July 4 3 p.m. downtown Burien; parade starts at Ambaum Boulevard Southwest and Southwest 149th Street, and goes south on Ambaum; free (206-575-1633 or www.discoverburien.com).
Family 4th at Fort Dent Park
July 4 Entertainment stage, roving clowns, face painters, stilt walkers, food vendors, fireworks display at dusk. 2-11 p.m. July 4. Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila; free (www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/).
Fireworks Over Des Moines
July 4 Music and a fireworks display at dusk. 6-11 p.m. July 4. Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines; free (206-870-6527).
Renton's Fabulous 4th of July
July 4 Free inflatable rides and face-paintings for kids, stage entertainment and fireworks show. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton; free (rentonwa.gov).
Auburn's 4th of July Festival
July 4 Kids' bike parade, live entertainment on two stages, inflatable rides, climbing wall and euro-bungy trampolines, a trackless train, petting zoo and pony carousel, bingo, bocce, car show, laser tag, gaming stations, 50 craft artists, book sale, food concessions, spray park and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov).
Red, White and Blues Festival
July 4 Entertainment, games, art activities, live music, hot dog eating contest, arm wrestling tournament and fireworks display. 6-11 p.m. July 4, Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; free on-site parking opens 5:30 p.m. (253-835-6900 or itallhappenshere.org/).
Enumclaw Stars and Stripes
July 4 Music and activities for kids, parade (noon) and fireworks at dusk. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4, downtown Enumclaw; free (www.ci.enumclaw.wa.us).
Tacoma Freedom Fair
July 4 Air show, music, outdoor market, children's activities, car show, food booths and fireworks show (10 p.m.). 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4. Waterfront Park, Ruston Way, Tacoma; free admission, donations requested (www.freedomfair.com/).
Kent Fourth of July Splash
July 4 Old fashioned games, athletic skills contests, family games, classic cars on display, hands-on art projects, face painting, inflatable bouncers, watermelon and pie eating contests and boat parade. noon-11 p.m. July 4. Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; free (www.ci.kent.wa.us/artsentertainment).
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
July 4 Fun run (11 a.m.), children's parade (12:30 p.m., from Fifth Avenue and Walnut Street) and main parade (1 p.m., from Sixth Avenue and Main Street); Edmonds Firefighters Water Ball competition, City Park, 3 p.m.; entertainment, 7:30 p.m., and fireworks, 10 p.m., Civic Stadium, Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, downtown Edmonds; free (425-776-6711 or www.edmondswa.com/09FOURTHOFJULY.html).
Bothell Freedom Festival
July 4 Free pancake breakfast, downtown Fire House, 10726 Beardslee Blvd., 9:30 a.m.; children's parade, Main Street at 103rd Avenue, 12:15 p.m.; main parade, Main Street at 104th Avenue Northeast, 1 p.m., Bothell; free (425-486-7430 or www.explorebothell.com).
Colors of Freedom Festival
July 4 Live music, kids' activities, food and fireworks on the bluff overlooking Port Gardner Bay. 2-10 p.m. July 4. Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; free (425-257-7117 or www.enjoyeverett.org).
Fourth of July
July 4 Auto racing and demolition derby, fireworks at dusk. 5-11 p.m. July 4. Evergreen Speedway, 14505 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $7.50-$22.50 (360-805-6100 or www.evergreenspeedway.com/).
Arlington Frontier Days/Fourth of July
July 4 Pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m., children's parade, 4:30 p.m., main parade 5 p.m., on Olympic Avenue; Stilly Duck Dash at Haller Park, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk at Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. N.E., Arlington; free (www.ci.arlington.wa.us).
Around the Sound
Grand Old Fourth of July
July 4 Street fair, entertainment, antique car show and parade. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, downtown Winslow, Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-3700 or www.bainbridgechamber.com).
Old Fashioned 4th of July
July 3-4 A beach side carnival, flyover of Navy aircraft, food and arts and crafts vendors at Windjammer Park, 1600 S.E. Beeksma Drive,July 3-4; parade on Pioneer Way at 11 a.m. July; fireworks at 10 p.m. July 4; Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island; free (360-675-3755 or www.oakharborchamber.com).
Anacortes Independence Day
July 4 Town photo (10 a.m.) at Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue; parade (at 11 a.m.) starting at Third and Commercial, patriotic program at Causland Park and fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4. Causland Park, Eighth Street and N Avenue, Anacortes; free (360-588-1108 or www.anacortes.org/news.cfm).
Kingston 4th of July Celebration
July 2-5 Tiny Town children's entertainment, games, pony rides, food and crafts in Kola Kole Park, 26096 W. First St. N.E., July 3-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; parade at 12:15 p.m. July 4, eastbound on Highway 104 through downtown, starting between Lindvog Road and First Street; music festival at Mike Wallace Park, at Port of Kingston Marina, 7-10 p.m. July 2; until 10 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4; fireworks over Appletree Cove at dusk July 4; Kingston, Kitsap Peninsula (kingstontinytown.com).
La Conner parade and picnic
July 4 Parade, 11 a.m.; community picnic and games for kids in Pioneer Park after the parade, noon-3 p.m.; fireworks over Swinomish Channel, 10 p.m. July 4. La Conner, Skagit County; free (888-642-9284 or www.laconnerchamber.com).
Point Roberts events
July 4 "Oscars We Have Known" parade with grand marshal Oscar nominee Robert Habros, begins at noon at west end of Gulf Road and ends at marina; entertainment, food and games at Lighthouse Marine Park, 811 Marine Dr., 1-4 p.m.; Point Roberts, Whatcom County; free (360-945-0764).
Around the state
July 4 Live music, parade (6 p.m., from in front of Clallam County Courthouse) and fireworks display at dusk. 3-11 p.m. July 4. City Pier, Railroad and Lincoln Streets, Port Angeles; free (www.portangeles.org/wavebroadband4th.html).
July 4 Crafts, music and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dock of the Bay Blues Festival, 1-10 p.m., Westport Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Drive; fireworks at dusk from Westport Marina; Westport, Grays Harbor County (www.westportwa.com/events).
Aberdeen Splash Festival
July 4 Arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival, games and fireworks display over the Chehalis River. Morrison Riverfront Park, 1401 Sargent Blvd., Aberdeen; free (800-321-1924 or visitgraysharbor.com/).
Long Beach fireworks
July 4 On the beach at Bolstad Avenue beach approach, dusk, Long Beach; free (www.funbeach.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=228).
Grand Coulee Dam
July 3-4 "Festival of America," both days, with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment; fireworks over the dam following the laser light show, 10:35 p.m. July 4, Grand Coulee Dam, Okanogan County; free (www.grandcouleedam.org).
July 4 A town festival that celebrates children and their families. Face painting, free snacks, balloons and old-fashioned Fourth of July games. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, Front Street, downtown Leavenworth; free (509-548-5807 or leavenworth.org/modules/pages/?pageid=253).
Celebrate the Fourth
July 4 Fourth of July picnic dinner (5-8 p.m.), flag-making activity (5-8 p.m.), live music and a laser light show (6-11 p.m.). Maryhill Museum open until 8 p.m., with free admission after 5 p.m. Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Klickitat County; free (www.maryhillmuseum.org/2010_0704.html).
Pasco Grand Old 4th
July 3-4 Car show, community barbecue, live music, Dust Devils baseball game and outdoor movie. 3-9 p.m. July 3. Pancake breakfast, parade (10 a.m.), car show, live music and fireworks, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd., Pasco; free (509-545-3456 or www.visittri-cities.com).
Yakima's 4th of July
July 4 Children's activities (1-6 p.m.), firetruck water fun, vendors, stage entertainment (1:30-9:30 p.m.), dirt-track races (noon-3 p.m.); fireworks, 10 p.m., July 4; carnival rides, July 3-6; Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S. Fair Ave., Yakima (www.yakima4thofjuly.org).
4th of July Celebration
July 4 Food, games, contests, BBQ and fireworks (10 p.m.). Noon-10 p.m. July 4. Stewart Park (Zillah), Fifth Street and First Avenue, Zillah; free (www.visityakimavalley.org).
— Compiled by Jeff Albertson