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Best of Fourth of July – Seattle Style

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37th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks

All around the Sound, there’s plenty to do on the Fourth of July! From sack races and pie eating contests, to fun runs and of course, fireworks, there’s something for everyone!

Family 4th at Lake Union
Gas Works Park
2101 North Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.familyfourth.org

This year’s Family 4th kicks off at 12:00pm on Monday, July 4 with family activities, entertainment, and food vendors throughout Gas Works Park. The evening’s awe-inspiring fireworks display begins at approximately 10:00pm.

Parking at the Family 4th is very limited. The Seattle Police Department will implement a street closure plan, providing for only residential access to the neighborhood surrounding Gas Works Park. All event attendees are encouraged to utilize alternate means of transportation whenever possible. Walking or riding bikes on the Burke Gilman Trail is an easy way to attend the event and minimize post-fireworks traffic congestion. Cyclists may enter through an express access bike entrance on the northwest side of the park to take advantage of the free bike parking area inside. Buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule, limiting the number of buses operating, scheduled stops, and amount of guests they can accommodate after the fireworks. All guests arriving to the park by bus are encouraged to prepare an alternate method of return transportation.

Feeling adventurous? Come climb the 24ft rock wall or spin, twirl and jump in mid-air on the bungee trampoline platform. Or get carried away and make your very own kite! It’s free and fun for everyone on the Family 4th Playfield. And you can let the kids decorate and celebrate with fun and colorful face painting! Artists will be at Gas Works Park on the 4th to help the little ones show off their patriotic side with FREE airbrush designs.

There’s also a chance for you to show your community spirit by helping those in need. You can donate to Northwest Harvest at this year’s Family 4th and receive a Starbucks/iTunes 10-Song Summer Music Mix Card as a thank you. Volunteers will be located at both entrances to collect your non-perishable food items.

Symetra Bellevue Family 4th
Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
http://www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/familyfourth

The 2011 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th is ready for launch with strong civic support from Bellevue-based Symetra Financial.  This celebrated tradition will again feature a spectacular fireworks show set to Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone, a C-17 Flyover, the Community Spotlight Pavilion, live entertainment, festival food and much more!

The Family Fun Zone will entertain throughout the day with a variety of activities including free entertainment, jugglers, stilt walkers, mascot characters, storytellers, face painting, free interactive games and more! Compete in sack races, 3 legged races, bean bag toss, tick tack toe, and hula-hoop. There will also be a variety of inflatable rides and a Mini Mountain climbing wall. Rides and climbing wall range from $2 to $5.

It all starts at 2:00pm on Monday, July 4. At 9:30pm, the Bellevue Philharmonic takes center stage to present a special Independence Day performance prior to and during the fireworks display, which is scheduled to begin at 10:05pm.

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
Downtown Edmonds, WA

A Fun-run at 10am, followed by a children’s parade (11:30am from Fifth Ave and Walnut St.), and the Main parade (12:00pm from Sixth Ave and Main St.). The firefighters waterball competition (3pm), evening entertainment (7:30pm), and fireworks display (10pm).

Evergreen Speedway Fourth
Evergreen Speedway
14505 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272
http://www.evergreenspeedway.com

From 5:00pm – 11:00pm. There’s auto racing and a demolition derby with fireworks display at dusk.

Kent’s Fourth of July SPLASH!
Lake Meridian Park
14800 SE 272nd St.
Kent, WA 98042
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us

Starting at 10:00am with a classic car show. There will be old-fashioned games like gunny sack races, watermelon and pie eating contest, stage entertainment, boat parade, art projects for the kids, and a choreographed performance by the Rainier Symphony at 9pm through the fireworks display at 10:00pm. Shuttle buses run approximately every 20 minutes from parking areas to Lake Meridian. Kent Fire Station #75, 15635 SE 272nd St.; Kentwood High School, 25800 164th SE; Meridian Elementary, 25621 140th Ave SE.

Tacoma Freedom Fair – Celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation in 2011
Ruston Way Waterfront
Tacoma, WA
http://www.freedomfair.com

10am – 10:30pm. Live music, outdoor market, childrens activities, car show, pole vault competition, Lost Boys Pirates Cove, food vendors, fireworks display, airshows, great food, vendors, exhibits, rides, and events – along with a lot of very exciting new ones! It’s the South Sound’s biggest annual event, and a party that you don’t want to miss, which ends with the Northwest’s biggest firework show over Puget Sound!

Renton’s Fabulous Fourth
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.
Renton, WA 98056
http://www.ci.renton.wa.us

Enjoy free children’s activities and face-painting from 12:00 – 8:00pm, stage entertainment from 1:30 – 9:30pm, and a professional fireworks display from a barge in Lake Washington at 10:00pm. Average attendance at Gene Coulon has been 20,000 for Renton’s 4th of July event, with many more viewing the beautiful night-time fireworks display from boats, canoes, kayaks, West Hill, Mercer Island, Newcastle, and Renton’s Kennydale and Highlands. Food will be available at the Beachside Concession Stand, Ivar’s and Kidd Valley.

Bothell’s Making a Difference Fourth
http://www.explorebothell.com

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
8:30am
Downtown Fire House
10726 Beardslee Blvd.

CHILDREN’S PARADE
11:15am
Line Up on Beardslee Blvd. east of 104th NE For children up to 12 years.

GRAND PARADE
12am
Main Street & SR 527

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