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Best Fourth of July Road Trips in WA

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Whether it’s an old fashioned, historic Fourth of July in Vancouver, a kids’ celebration in Leavenworth, or fireworks over the water in Port Angeles and Long Beach, there’s a little something for everyone this year in WA on Independence Day!

Independence Day at Long Beach
Thursday, July 4
Long Beach, WA 98631
http://www.longbeachwa.gov

Independence Day fireworks on the beach! The 4th of July celebrations go from dusk (around 9:30pm to 10:00-ish). The main event is one of the best fireworks shows around, set off in front of the Long Beach Boardwalk. Hours of spectacular pre- and post-show fireworks can be seen up and down the length of 28 miles of beach.

Ocean Park Grand Parade and Art in the Park
Thursday, July 4
12:00pm
Ocean Park, WA 98640
http://www.opwa.com

Come to Ocean Park’s Grand Parade on the 4th and march down Main Street! It’s a family event. Bring your kids to the Bank of the Pacific’s parking lot at 11:00 a.m. to decorate their bikes and they can ride in the parade. Plus, enjoy the variety of artistic talent showcased at Roy Sheldon Park (on Vernon Avenue) between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Loggerodeo
Friday, June 28 through Thursday, July 4
Sedro-Woolley, WA
http://www.loggerodeo.com

Come see the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the state of Washington. Activities fill this week long event and there is fun for the entire family including the Kiddie Parade, family night at the carnival, the street dance, logging show, blues jamboree, the famous chainsaw carving competition and of course the Grand Parade.

LaConner Parade, Picnic & Fireworks on the Fourth
Thursday, July 4
11:30am – 11:00pm

The 4th of July Noon Parade is open to anyone who wants to enter! Kids, bikes, dogs, cars- all are welcome. The parade lineup starts at 11 a.m. The picnic will take place at Pioneer Park after the parade. Kiwanis Club of La Conner will sell hot dogs, chips and soda or you can bring your own picnic. The Fireworks Over the Channel start just after 10:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and sit on the town side of the Swinomish Channel for a perfect view.

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
Thursday, July 4
8:00am – 10:30pm
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
612 E Reserve St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
http://www.4th.fortvan.org

Don’t miss the family-friendly, fun and historical 4th of July at Fort Vancouver! Live entertainment starts at noon, the Kids’ Patriotic Parade is at 4:00 p.m. General admission tickets for fireworks are $7 at the gate. A limited number of prime viewing tickets are available: $50 for adults, $25 for kids under 21. More information is available online. The fireworks launch at 10:05 p.m.

Yakima 4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4
12:00pm – 10:30pm
State Fair Park
1301 South Fair Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901
http://www.yakima4thofjuly.org

Don’t miss this fabulous family-oriented Fourth of July, complete with old-fashioned fun for kids, a pie eating contest, carnival rides and a beer garden for the adults. Bring your own picnic or buy food from a variety of vendors. Country singer Mark Wills performs at 8:40 p.m. and will sing the National Anthem before the fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free all day.

Kinderfest
Thursday, July 4
11:00am – 3:00pm
Front Street Park
Leavenworth, WA
http://www.leavenworth.org

This is a free fun filled day for all kids! Old Fashioned 4th of July games, Kiddie Bike Parade at 11:00 a.m., face painting, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, balloons, and live entertainment.

Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4
338 West First Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
http://www.portangeles.org

Fourth of July celebrations in Port Angeles Harbor are a great way to celebrate Independence Day without going too far from the ferry. The annual parade starts at 6:00 p.m. Live music starts at 7:00 p.m. at the City Pier. The fireworks show lights up around 10:00 p.m. All events take place in downtown Port Angeles and on the boardwalk of Port Angeles Harbor.

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