You can find some truly fun and festive Independence Day celebrations around the state of Washington. The presence of large bodies of water allows 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. While Western Washington locales typically include fireworks in their July 4th celebrations, drier Eastern Washington conditions often prohibit such activity.
Here are the 2015 Independence Day celebrations scheduled to take place around Washington. Firework shows typically commence at dusk or dark, which is around 10:15 to 10:30 in the Seattle area. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and will take place on July 4, which falls on the weekend this year.
Celebrate Independence Day in the Seattle Metro Area
(Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties)
Seafair Summer Fourth
Gas Works Park & South Lake Union Park
Noon to 11 pm
Games and picnicking during the day, fireworks at dark.
Bellevue Family 4th
Bellevue Downtown Park
2 to 10:30 pm
Music, food, and child-friendly activities during the day, fireworks at dark.
Tacoma Freedom Fair
Ruston Way Waterfront
special events take place throughout the weekend
Air show, contests, car show, food booth and music, fireworks at dusk.
Everett's Colors of Freedom 4th of July Festival
Legion Memorial Park (festival) and Port Gardner Bay (fireworks)
11 am to 11 pm
Downtown parade, food booths, live music, and fireworks after dark.
Auburn 4th of July Festival
Les Grove Park
11 am to 4 pm
Kid-friendly activities such as parade, petting zoo, food, and music.
Carnation Fourth of July
Tolt Commons Park
Variety of events including pancake breakfast, late morning parade, car show, food and music, fireworks at dusk.
Downtown parade in late morning
Food and music in Marina Park from 1 pm
Fireworks at dark, visible from Marina Park, Heritage Park, and boats on Lake Washington.
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
Civic Stadium and Downtown Edmonds
10 am to 10 pm
Downtown fun run and parades, games, fireworks from Civic Stadium at dark.
Kent Fourth of July Splash
Lake Meridian Park
Noon to 11 pm
Community games, live entertainment, fireworks display over Lake Meridian.
Renton 4th of July
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
Begins at noon
Live entertainment, food booths, kids activities, fireworks over Lake Washington.
Sammamish Fourth on the Plateau
Sammamish Commons Park
Starts at 6 pm
Food and music, children's playground, fireworks at dark.
Tukwila Family 4th at the Fort
Fort Dent Park
4 to 10 pm
Kids play space, food and music, fireworks at dark.
Celebrate Independence Day in Western Washington
Anacortes Independence Day
5 am to 10 pm
Food, music, and fireworks at Seafarer's Memorial Park.
Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth
Town & Country parking lot and Watefront Park
Variety of events including pancake breakfast, street fair, parade, and car show.
Bellingham Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration
Zuanich Point Park
11 am to 10 pm
Food and vendor booths, music, Kids Zone, fireworks at dusk.
Kingston 4th of July Celebration
Tiny Town kids' festivities in Kola Kole Park 10 am - 5 pm (July 3-4)
Music festival in Mike Wallace Park 4 to 10 pm (July 4)
Fireworks over Apple Tree Cove
La Conner 4th of July
Downtown and Pioneer Park
11:30 to 4 pm
Downtown parade followed by community picnic, beer garden, and fireworks over Swinomish Channel at 10 pm.
Long Beach Fireworks on the Beach
Long Beach Boardwalk
Fireworks around 9:30 to 10 pm
Oak Harbor Old Fashioned 4th of July
11 am to 10 pm
Parade, food and drink booths, entertainment, and fireworks at dusk.
Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration
Port Angeles City Pier
6 to 10 pm
Evening parade downtown followed by live music and fireworks at dusk.
Vancouver WA - Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
Noon to dark
Live entertainment, beer and wine garden, heritage demonstrations, food and craft booths, and fireworks over Pearson Field.
Westport Maritime Museum Ole Fashioned 4th
Jul 4 - Music, crafts, and food at Maritime Museum.
Jul 6 - Uptown parade.
Celebrate Independence Day in Eastern Washington
Grand Coulee Dam Festival of America
Park below Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center
Art, Craft, & Food Fair 11 am to 10 pm (July 3 - 4)
Fireworks display after Laser Show (July 4)
11 am to 3 pm
Games for kids and families.
Richland River of Fire Festival in Columbia Park
All day festivities, fireworks at dark.
Admission fee per carload.
Spokane 4th of July Festival
Family-friendly activities, music, food and craft booths, fireworks at dark.
Yakima's 4th of July
Yakima State Fair Park
3:30 to 10 pm
Vendor and food booths, kids activities, carnival rides, live entertainment, fireworks at 10 pm.