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Originally published June 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM | Page modified June 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Here's your guide to parades, picnics and fireworks for the Fourth

A roundup of Fourth of July events, around Seattle, Puget Sound and the state.

Seattle Times staff

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It's America's birthday on Monday and everyone's invited to the party — at Fourth of July events around the Sound, from the huge Family Fourth at Lake Union and Bellevue Family Fourth to small-town picnics, parades and fireworks around the region.

Pack up your folding chairs, picnic basket and (optimistically) sunscreen for daylong celebrations to stake out the best spots for the big fireworks shows after dark.

Streets near large events may be closed or otherwise restricted, so parking and access may be limited. Some events offer shuttle-bus service and off-site parking. Alcohol is forbidden at parks, though some large festivals offer beer gardens. Personal fireworks aren't allowed and most events don't allow pets. Have fun, be safe and have a great Fourth at any of the following events:


Family Fourth at Lake Union

MON Playfield family activities, noon-8 p.m.; music, food vendors, beer garden, noon-10 p.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m., followed by encore performance by the Dusty 45s; outside food, including coolers, allowed, subject to search; Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; free; nonperishable food-bank donations requested (206-281-7788 or

Naturalization Ceremony

MON Music by Greenwood Concert Band, 11 a.m.; U.S. Army Color Guard, musical performances, speeches by dignitaries, swearing in of new citizens of the United States from many nations, noon, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center (

Fourth of July cruise

MON Buffet, views of the fireworks show, 8 p.m., Waterways Cruises, Seattle; $49-$99 by reservation (

Fourth of July cruises

MON Cruises to watch the Lake Union fireworks; dinner and dancing cruise, ages 21 and older only, $139; Dixieland jazz band cruise from Kirkland, $59-$79; Locks tour cruise, $45-$72, 7 p.m.; Argosy Cruises, Seattle; by reservation (206-622-8687 or


Bellevue Family 4th

MON Family fun-zone activities for ages 3 and older opens at 2 p.m.; local nonprofits' showcase of volunteer opportunities, 3 p.m.; live music starts, 3:30 p.m.; food vendors, all day; Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra concert, 9:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10:05 p.m.; Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St.; free parking available after 6 p.m. at Bellevue Square and Bellevue City Hall (425-453-1223 or

Newcastle Fourth of July

MON Live music, food vendors, 6 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or

Celebrate Kirkland

MON Children's hat making and face painting, 10:30 a.m.; kids' parade, 11:30 a.m.; main parade at noon; Central Way and Market Street; picnic with food vendors, 1-5 p.m.; evening music, fireworks, 10:15 p.m.; Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (

Fourth on the Plateau

MON Live music, food vendors, children's playground, 6 p.m., fireworks at 10:15 p.m., Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (

Issaquah Down Home 4th of July

& Heritage Day

MON Kids, Pets N' Pride Parade, 11 a.m., Rainier Boulevard North at the intersection of Northwest Dogwood and Front Street; craft and food vendors, games, pony rides, pie-eating contest, entertainment, Sky High Rummage Sale, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Memorial Field, 120 Second Ave. N.E., Issaquah (425-392-0661 or

Carnation Fourth of July

MON Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m., Tolt Congregational Church; 5K Run for the Pies, 8:30 a.m., registration opens 7:30 a.m., Tolt Avenue and Commercial Street; kiddie parade, 10:30 a.m., Main Street; Hot Rods & Harleys show, noon-4 p.m.; vendor village, pony rides and bouncy toys for kids, all day; entertainment, 4-10 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m., Tolt Commons Park and downtown Carnation (


Burien parade

MON Marching bands, floats, vintage autos, dance teams, 3 p.m., on Ambaum Boulevard Southwest from Southwest 149th Street, then east on Southwest 153rd Street, north on Fourth Avenue Southwest, west on Southwest 152nd Street, Burien (206-575-1633).

Renton's Fabulous 4th of July

MON Free KidZone activities, noon-8 p.m.; stage entertainment, 1:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m., park opens 7 a.m.; Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton; parking extremely limited (425-430-6600or

Family 4th at the Fort

MON Inflatable bouncers and slides, entertainment stage, game theater, food vendors, 6-10 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila (

Fireworks over Des Moines

MON Fireworks display over Puget Sound, 10 p.m.; Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines; $1 donation requested (206-870-6547 or

Kent Fourth of July Splash

MON Games, official opening of new playground, bounce houses, community talent showcase, pie-eating contest, noon-9:30 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m., Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; free parking and shuttle buses from Kent Fire Station, 15635 S.E. 272nd St.; Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. S.E.; Meridian Elementary School, 25621 140th N.E., Kent (

Auburn 4th of July Festival

MON Entertainment on two stages, inflatable rides, climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, bingo, bocce, car show, mini-golf, craft and food vendors, spray park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., kids' bike parade, noon, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn; free admission, $5/unlimited kids' activities (253-931-3043 or

Camp Berachah celebration

MON Music, go-carts, pool (6-9 p.m.), inflatables for kids, fireworks, 4-11 p.m., dinner available 6-7 p.m. by reservation, $5-$11; Camp Berachah Ministries, 19830 S.E. 328th Place, Auburn; donation per car requested (253-939-0488).

Red, White and Blues Festival

MON Luau theme, entertainment, family games, food vendors, 6-10 p.m., fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; on-site parking $7, opens 5:30 p.m. (253-835-6900 or

Enumclaw Stars and Stripes

MON 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 (

CityBlast, Puyallup

MON 10K race, 7 a.m.; 5K race, 7:30 a.m., registration 5:30-6:30 a.m., $25/through Friday, $30/day of race; 3 on 3 basketball tournament, 10 a.m., tournament championships, 5 p.m.; Kids Fun Zone, 6 p.m.; music performance, 8:30 p.m.; stage show and fireworks, 9 p.m., Puyallup Fair and Event Center Grandstand, enter through Gold Gate, Puyallup; entry fees for races and tournament, other events free (

Tacoma Freedom Fair

MON International marketplace and food court, remote-control car racetrack, inflatables for kids, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Rod & Custom Car Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; stand-up paddleboard races, noon; air show, 1:30-3:30 p.m. over Commencement Bay; fireworks, 10:10 p.m., Marine Park and Ruston Way waterfront, Tacoma; free admission, $5/adults, $1/kids or $10/family donations requested; shuttle bus available from Tacoma Dome Station and Park & Ride Lot at Tacoma Community College, $5/round trip adults, $2/kids, parking free (


An Edmonds Kind of Fourth

MON Fun run, 10 a.m.; children's parade, 11:30 a.m.; main parade, noon, starting at Sixth and Main streets; firefighter waterball competition, 3 p.m., City Park, Third Avenue South and Pine Street; entertainment; 7:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m., Civic Stadium, Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (425-776-6711 or

Bothell Freedom Festival

MON 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 then north on Bothell-Everett Highway to Northeast 188th Street, Bothell (425-486-7430 or

Everett's Colors of Freedom

MON 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.; Everett Police Department Open House, noon-4 p.m., 3002 Wetmore Avenue; Fun in the Sun Street Fair children's inflatables, pony rides, music, antique car show, 1-3 p.m., First Baptist Church, Pacific and Wetmore Avenues; free shuttle to Legion Park from Everett Community College's North Broadway lot or Everett Station; Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett (425-257-8700 or

Arlington Frontier Days/Fourth of July

MON Pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m.; Pedal, Paddle, Puff triathlon 8 a.m., $30/person or $60/team; Kiwanis auctions to benefit college scholarships for local students, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., noon; kiddies parade, 4:30 p.m.; grand parade, 5 p.m., Olympic Avenue; Stilly Duck Dash, 7:30 p.m., all at Haller Park, 1100 West Ave.; fireworks at dusk, Quake Park, 18501 59th Ave., parking and outdoor seating at Boys & Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave., Arlington (

Around the Sound

Vashon Island Fireworks

MON Fireworks show, 10 p.m., Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon (

Poulsbo July 3 fireworks

SUN Entertainment, food vendors, noon-10 p.m.; opening ceremony, patriotic music, 7 p.m.; 10:15 p.m. Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park and Anderson Parkway, Poulsbo; free parking and $2 shuttle-bus service available (

Bainbridge Grand Old Fourth

MON Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., street fair craft and food vendors, music, pony rides, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; antique and classic car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; beer and wine garden, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Bainbridge; parade, 1 p.m. along Madison Avenue; fireworks over Eagle Harbor, 10:15 p.m. (

La Conner Parade, Picnic

and July 3 fireworks

SUN-MON Fireworks over the channel, 10 p.m. Sunday; parade, 12:30 p.m. Monday, followed by community picnic and games in Pioneer Park after the parade, La Conner (360-466-4778 or

Oak Harbor 4th of July

MON Grand parade, family activities, fireworks at dusk. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Oak Harbor City Beach, Oak Harbor (

Anacortes Independence Day

MON Parade, 11 a.m., from Third and Commercial, patriotic program at Causland Park and fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk, Anacortes (

Kingston 4th of July

SAT-MON Tiny Town children's entertainment, games, pony rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Kola Kole Park, 26096 W. First St. N.E.; parade, 12:15 p.m. Monday; music festival, fireworks, 4-10 p.m., Mike Wallace Park, Kingston, Kitsap Peninsula (

Bellingham Family Fourth

MON Entertainment, Kids Zone activities, food and craft vendors, 1-10 p.m.; beer garden, 5-11 p.m.; fireworks, 10:30 p.m., Zuanich Point Park, 2600 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham (360-734-1330 or

Point Roberts July Fourth

MON Parade, family funfest games, musical entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lighthouse Marine Park, 811 Marine Drive, Point Roberts (360-945-2313 or

Around the state

Port Angeles 4th of July

MON 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 (

Yakima 4th of July

MON Children's activities, vendors, entertainment, noon-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Monday; carnival rides, Friday-Monday, Yakima State Fair Park, Yakima (

Pasco Grand Old 4th

MON Downtown parade, 10 a.m.; fireworks show, 10 p.m., Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd., Pasco (509-545-3456 or

Zillah 4th of July

MON Food, 6:30 p.m.; aerial show, 9:15 p.m., Stewart Park, Zillah (

Friday Harbor 4th of July

MON Parade, 10:30 a.m.; Rock-the-Dock, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m., Friday Harbor, San Juan Island (360-378-5240 or

Westport Booming Bay

MON Fireworks display at dusk, Westport Marina, Westport (

Long Beach 4th of July

SAT-MON Fireworks at dusk Saturday, Port of Ilwaco; Washington Army National Guard Band patriotic music concert, 10:30 a.m., parade, noon Monday, Ocean Park (www.funbeach.comor

Grand Coulee Dam Fourth

SUN-MON Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, Sunday-Monday; fireworks over the dam after laser-light show, 10:35 p.m. Monday, Grand Coulee Dam, Okanogan County (

Leavenworth Kinderfest

MON Family games, entertainment, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Leavenworth (509-548-5807 or

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