The Fourth of July brings out community celebrations throughout the area. Here is a breakdown of area events.
▪ Eatonville festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. at the Eatonville Elementary School, 209 Lynch Creek Road E., with food and vendors followed by a variety of entertainment starting at 6 p.m. Bouncy big toys will be there for the kids and a fireworks display starting at dusk. Info: 360-219-5879.
▪ The Lacey Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert will run from 5-11 p.m., with family activities, live music, food vendors, bounce houses, military vehicle displays and skydivers as the community celebrates its 50th anniversary. The city is promising the show will be bigger, better and brighter as it celebrates the milestone event. Performing are The Blackberry Bushes with its bluegrass sound at 5:30 p.m. and British Export, a Beatles tribute band, at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks begin about 10 p.m. The event has been moved to Rainier Vista Park, 5475 45th Ave. SE, Lacey. On-site parking will open at 3 p.m., and space is limited. Parking also available at area schools. Admission is free. Info: ci.lacey.wa.us.
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▪ Boston Harbor Fireworks is an annual fireworks display launched from a barge visible from land and water. This year, there will be food trucks near the marina. The show will begin about 10 p.m. at Boston Harbor Marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia. Free admission. Info: 360-357-5670.
▪ The Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s Thunder on the Canal features a fireworks show, an oyster-eating challenge, barbecue, live music and more. The outdoor patio opens at 11 a.m., with the oyster-eating contest at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 10:20 p.m. Events conclude at midnight. Activities are $5 for for those not staying at the resort. Info: 360-898-2200.
▪ Gig Harbor hosts its Wings & Wheels at Tacoma Narrows Airport from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a car show, kid’s zone, airplane fly-bys, plane rides, food, vintage warbirds and live entertainment. $15 adults, $10 seniors/military, $5 kids ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free.
▪ Tacoma Rainiers host the Las Vegas 51s for a 7:05 pm. game where kids can run the bases, with fireworks to follow the game at Cheney Stadium. Tickets are $11.50-$30.50 at the box office or ticketmaster.com.
▪ Steilacoom Grand Old Fourth of July starts at 9 a.m. with a fun run. Lafayette Street in downtown Steilacoom opens 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 an ice cream social from noon-4 p.m., community parade at 1 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Free admission. townofsteilacoom.org
▪ Eatonville Independence Day Parade at noon, followed by a family picnic with some traditional outdoor games for the kids at Eatonville Elementary School, 209 Lynch Creek Road E.
▪ Federal Way is putting on its annual Red, White and Blues Festival at Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., from 3-11 p.m. 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.
▪ Enumclaw hosts its stars and stripes parade through downtown at noon. Family fun continues with a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. at the Southwood Soccer Fields, 46010 244th Ave. SE. Free admission.
▪ Auburn’s 4th of July Festival from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. features a bike parade at noon, entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, games and family fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Les Gove Park, 1005 12th Street SE. Free admission. A $5 wristband is available for unlimited activities.
▪ DuPont hosts a hometown celebration at Clock Tower Park, 1400 Palisade Blvd., with a 8 a.m. pancake breakfast, parade at 10 a.m., and pony rides, live music and more at 11 a.m., and a parachute jump at 12:45 p.m. Patriot’s Landing, 1600 Marshall Circle, hosts evening events which include live bands, a barbecue and photo booth, with fireworks at 10 p.m.
▪ 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.
▪ Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July takes place at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Sand blast volleyball tournament form 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free children's activities and face-painting from noon-8 p.m., stage entertainment is 12:30-9:30 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, as well as at North 8th Street, Park Avenue North and Garden Avenue North.
▪ Nisqually Red Wind Casino celebrates with entertainment, live music, a beer garden, kids zone and fireworks. There will be a barbecue and fair-style food from 1-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk. Scheduled to perform are TRY (classic rock), Danny Vernon’s Illusions of Elvis and Spazmatics (’80s music). The casino is at 12819 Yelm Hwy. SE, Olympia. Free. Info: 866-946-2444, redwindcasino.com.
▪ Tumwater Parade and Artesian Family Festival begins with the community’s 29th annual parade at 11 a.m. at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street. The route goes south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, continues past City Hall and ends at Linderson Way-Israel Road intersection. Next comes the 16th annual Artesian Family Festival and Thunder Valley Fireworks Show at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater. Music, games and food start at 6 p.m. The fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. No pets, alcohol or personal fireworks are allowed. Free admission. Parking $10 a vehicle. Info: ci.tumwater.wa.us.
▪ SeaTac Family Fourth of July will feature children’s bouncers from noon-8p.m. at Angel Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd. The water spray park is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and live entertainment is 1-10 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 10 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 to tinyurl.com/zc2fhmt.
▪ SeaFair is hosting Summer Fourth from noon-11 p.m. at Gasworks Park in Seattle. Activities include games, exhibit booths, kids zone, live music and entertainment and food. The event is free, reserved seating area is $30. The fireworks start at 10:20 and are broadcast on Ch. 7. No parking available at the park.