The Perfect Fourth of July in Washington!
It can be argued that the defining summer event is the Fourth of July—the day that celebrates the independence of our great nation! In Washington State, you’ll find celebrations for this American tradition thriving. From fairs, to firework displays, to fun-filled festival, these excellent events make for a perfect Fourth of July in Washington.
If you’re looking for a place to spend the Fourth of July, look no further than Tacoma! The Freedom Fair, an annual fair occurring for the past 40 years, has much to offer any fair goer. The event is a four-day festival, including sights such as an air show, car show, live entertainment on their seven different stages, and of course, fireworks!
SeaFair is another great way to spend the Fourth of July. With its one-day event in Seattle, located at Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park, the day will be packed with things to do for everyone, considering admission is free! The event is filled with food venders, exhibit booths, live entertainment from the main stage such as Hey Marseilles, Star Anna, and for the older crowd, a fine variety of drinks.
What better way to spend the Fourth of July than at a parade? Well, in Kirkland, you can do just that! This year’s theme is, “With Liberty and Justice for ALL.” The parade is an all-day event, with multiple different types ranging from a children’s walking parade, to an old fashioned one as well. The festivities don’t end there though, there is also a children’s decorating event with flags, fake tattoos, and family fun, as well as a music in the park to end the parade, with fireworks to end the night.
Another place to go for some great Fourth festivities is Bellevue, a tradition of 26 years. This year their “Bellevue Family Fourth” will be occurring in their newly renovated Downtown Park. Music, entertainment, family fun, as well as fireworks co-occurring with Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra sets the stage for this day of fun!
Auburn, Washington, can hold its own when it comes to Fourth of July celebrations! With festivities located in Les Grove Park, you can’t go wrong. The day starts with a bike parade, and goes on to feature to different stages for entertainment, arts and crafts areas, a car show, and multiple rides and other fun activities like a rock wall for all to enjoy!
This year, the 30th Annual River of Fire Festival will be held in Columbia Park. This festival, located in Kennewick, focuses on entertainment as well as heritage enrichment, as there will be a photo booth for pictures with historical characters available.
This Fourth of July, Spokane will also be hosting its own celebration, throughout downtown. At Riverfront Park there will be food, music, and group performances, all in anticipation for nightfall when the fireworks by A-Z Rental Fireworks begin! Meanwhile, at Pavilion Park, there will be a live concert, free of charge, followed by a firework display. Last but not least, the Spokane Indians will be hosting their own “Spokane Indians Fourth of July Family Fun Run” presented by Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. Participants even get to finish the race on home plate of the Avista Stadium! A firework show follows after the race as well.
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver is taken very seriously. This year, the fireworks display, in synchronization with music, will be held at Pearson Field. The event is free of charge, and while you’re waiting for the fireworks to start, enjoy a host of vendors, and live entertainment feature River Twain, Salsanova, The Nu Wavers, and more!
Come enjoy the Fourth of July in Yakima, at their Yakima 4th of July Festival! The festival, to be held at the State Fair Park, features a carnival with a myriad of rides for everyone, as well as live entertainment, including “Yakima Apple Jam” Battle of the Bands contest! There will also be a beer garden for the older crowd, of course, the night will finish with a firework display.
Last but not least, celebrate at the Carnation 4th of July, in Carnation. The festival starts with a parade, and goes on to host a pancake breakfast, 5K race, live music, three on three basketball, a car show, a beer garden, and best of all Sno-Valley Senior's famous “Strawberry Shortcake Feast.”