Independence Day Celebrations in Washington State

Low Angle View Of Firework Display Over River During Sunset
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You can find some truly fun and festive Independence Day celebrations around the state of Washington. The region's large bodies of water allow for some spectacular fireworks shows. You'll also find smaller community festivities featuring picnics, parades, music, and more. Many of these small-town celebrations make an excellent excuse to plan a long weekend getaway. Whereas Western Washington locales typically include fireworks in their July Fourth celebrations, drier conditions in Eastern Washington often prohibit such activity because of the fire risk.

Note that firework shows typically begin at dusk or dark, which is approximately 10 p.m. in the Seattle area. 

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    Location: Gas Works Park

    Stake out a spot at Gas Works Park to see 8,500 pounds of fireworks explode over Lake Union. General admission is free but VIP seats can be purchased online. Activities include live music, games, pie-eating contests, sack races, and more.

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    Bellevue Family 4th

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    Location: Bellevue Downtown Park

    Live music, food, and child-friendly activities are scheduled during the day. At dark, the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra will accompany a spectacular fireworks show.

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     Photo courtesy of Tacoma Freedom Fair

    Location: Ruston Way Waterfront

    Billed as Washington State's largest one-day event, ​Freedom Fair features multiple music stages, a car show, an air show, and a kids' zone along the waters of Commencement Bay in the port city of Tacoma.

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    Location: Legion Park Bluff

    July Fourth festivities kick off with a morning parade at Colby and Wetmore avenues featuring marching bands, clowns, puppets, stilt walkers, and more. Post-parade activities take place overlooking Puget Sound and include live music, fireworks, poets, storytellers, dancers, and kids' entertainment.

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    Location: Les Grove Park

    Activities include a bike parade, arts and crafts, a car show, inflatables, climbing wall, bingo, mini-golf, bocce, a book sale, a spray park, and pony rides.

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    Carnation, Wash. July 4 Celebration

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    Locations: Tolt Commons Park and Tolt MacDonald Park

    A variety of events include a 5K run/walk, pancake breakfast, late-morning parade, three-on-three basketball, a car show, food, music, vendors, strawberry shortcake feast, and fireworks.

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    Location: Downtown Waterfront

    A late-morning parade begins at Market and Central, followed by food and music at Marina Park. Fireworks start at dark and are visible from Marina Park, Heritage Park, and boats on Lake Washington.

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    Locations: Civic Stadium and Downtown Edmonds

    The city hosts a downtown fun run and two parades, games, and a beard and mustache contest. Fireworks will be set off from Civic Stadium at dark. 

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    Location: Lake Meridian Park

    Enjoy community games, live entertainment, and a fireworks display over Lake Meridian.

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    Location: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park 

    Enter the volleyball tournament, check out the live entertainment, visit the kids' activity zone, and watch the fireworks over Lake Washington.

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    Location: Sammamish Commons Park

    Kids and adults alike will enjoy all the activities including a bounce zone, giant Jenga, spray park, playground, corn-hole, and more. Live music is followed by a fireworks display.

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    Location: Fort Dent Park

    You'll find DJs, live music, a kids' play space, face-painting, a food court, and more. Fireworks start at dark.

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    Location: Downtown Winslow

    Events planned include a pancake breakfast, street fair, parade, family fun run, and car show. A fireworks display will take place over Eagle Harbor. Activities are a short walk from the ferry terminal.

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    Location: Zuanich Point Park & Squalicum Boathouse

    Enjoy live music, a kids’ zone, beer garden, and food booths. Then end the holiday watching Whatcom County’s biggest fireworks display.

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    Location: Port Angeles City Pier

    An evening downtown parade is followed by live music and fireworks at dusk. Players from the Port Angeles Lefties baseball team will sign autographs.

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    Location: Pearson Field
    Vancouver, Washington, hosts the largest fireworks display in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. Before the fireworks, visit The Marshall House, Providence Academy, Fort Vancouver, or Pearson Air Museum during the day.

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    Location: Park below Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

    After the laser light show, watch the fireworks set off from the top of the dam. There's also a rodeo, food fair, kids' activities, arts and crafts, live music, and boating.

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    Location: Front Street Park

    The Bavarian-themed village hosts games for kids and families. Activities include a bike parade, cupcake walk, disc golf, nature walks, and fishing lessons. 

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    Location: Riverfront Park

    The festivities include family-friendly activities, music, magic, comedy, food and craft booths, and fireworks.

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    Location: Yakima State Fair Park

    You'll find a parade, water slide, vendor and food booths, kids' activities, carnival rides, live entertainment, and fireworks.