Friday (July 3) — Saturday
Celebrate, American style
The Fourth of July brings out community celebrations throughout the area. Here is a breakdown of events not associated with Tacoma’s Freedom Fest.
• Get into the spirit a day early and enjoy aFreedom Concert and Fireworks Spectacular
on Friday. The concert will be held in the parking lot at the Lacey Crossroads Shopping Center, 5500 Corporate Center Loop SE and will feature the Battle Rhythm, the 56th Arm Rock Band starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will launch at 10:15 p.m. at the William A. Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive SE in Lacey. The park is closed, recommended viewing spot is near College Street SE and Yelm.
• Federal Way is putting on its annualRed, White and Blues Festival
at Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St. from 3-11 p.m. Saturday. There will be games, entertainment, arts and crafts all culminating in a fireworks show. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission is free, on-site parking is $7.
•Joint Base Lewis-McChord Freedom Fest
will take place at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums. The free celebration starts at noon and ends with a fireworks show at 10 p.m. There will be food, carnival rides, games, music and more family-friendly fun. The event is open to the public. Take Interstate 5, Exit 119 to DuPont Gate and catch a shuttle to the festival.
•Kent’s Fourth of July Splash
event takes place at Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St. from noon-10:30 p.m. There will be live music and entertainment, games, bounce houses, food, pie eating contest and more fun. The night will top off with a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Free shuttle buses will run about every 20 minutes from the Kent Fire Station, 15635 SE 272nd St.; Kentwood High School, 25800 164th SE and Meridian Elementary School, 25621 140th Ave. SE. Parking at the park is by permit only.
•Fourth of July in Renton
takes place at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Enjoy free children’s activities and face-painting from noon- 8 p.m. Saturday, stage entertainment is 1:30-9:30 p.m. and the evening will finish with a 20-minute fireworks display at 10 p.m. Parking is limited at the park, Courtesy pick-up, drop-off, unload and load only at the boat launch area. Street parking is available on Houser Way N. and event parking will be available on the top two floors at the parking garage at The Landing.
•SeaTac Family Fourth of July
will feature a children’s carnival from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Angel Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd. The water spray park will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and live entertainment is 1-10 p.m. Saturday. The fireworks show begins at 10:15 p.m. Parking is not allowed inside the park, options include the Alaska Airlines Headquarters, IBEW Union Office and Hughes Property. For the details go toci.seatac.wa.us/?page=704
will open Lafayette Street to the public for a day full of events, food and entertainment for the family from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Included in the the events are a community parade at 1 p.m., street dance at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10:30 p.m.
• SeaFair is hostingSummer Fourth
from noon-11 p.m. at Gasworks Park and South Lake Union Park in Seattle Saturday. There will be activities at both locations including games, exhibit booths, kids zone, live music and entertainment and food. The event is free. You can bring your own food and beverages into both parks. The fireworks show will be broadcast on Ch. 7. Parking is limited, alternative transportation is recommended. The south end of Lake Union will be open for the public to anchor boats for the show.
Friday (July 3) — Sunday
Boats to tote and float
The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival in Seattle, running through Sunday, is designed to celebrate the maritime heritage of Seattle and get people out on the water on historic wooden boats. It’s an old-fashioned waterfront festival where almost everything is free. There will be boat tours, visiting vessels, free public boat rides, activities for kids, vendors, live music and more. It’s at the Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday (July 3) through Sunday. For more information, go to cwb.org.
A recess of excess
Recess Monkey, the Seattle-based kiddie rock band made up of three extremely rocking elementary school teachers, is performing at Pierce County Library locations this week. The free concerts are 10 a.m. Monday at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive W., Gig Harbor; 1 p.m. Monday at the Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma and 4 p.m. Monday at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildair Road SW. Bring the kids out for some singing and dancing at these free performances.