Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Between local festivals and firework showcases, Washington will be bustling with a number of fun activities to ensure that this year’s Independence Day celebrations are unforgettable. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Washington this year.

The Celebrate Kirkland event will take place at Marina Park and will feature breathtaking downtown waterfront views. The Marina parking lot, including Lakeshore Plaza Drive from Central Way to Kirkland Avenue and Kirkland Avenue from Lake Shore Plaza Drive to Lake Street, will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 11 p.m. The fireworks barge will be placed off Marina Park in it’s usual location, and attendees will be able to see the display from all of the downtown waterfront parks as well as Heritage Park.

Seattle Seafair’s Summer Fourth celebration will feature a full day of fun with food, entertainment and a kid zone that culminates in a fantastic fireworks show. Attendees can dine at food vendors, peruse exhibit booths and listen to live entertainment. For those 21-plus, you can even quench your thirst in the expansive beer and beverage gardens located right on-site at the event. Plus, everyone can participate in All-American Games in Gas Works Park, including a pie-eating contest, sack race and more.

The Tacoma Freedom Fair is hosting WINGS & WHEELS with the FREEDOM FAIR AIR SHOW. The community is expected to go all out for this event after months of lockdown, and attendees can already anticipate catching glimpses of great military and classic planes up-close. Additional military performers scheduled for this year’s event include the Air Force F-35 Lightning II demonstration team and the US Navy Legacy Flight team from Whidbey Island NAS. The Drive-in Air Show tickets are limited, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to reserve them early for one of four shows; morning or afternoon on July 3 or July 4. 

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fireworks Show invites DOD ID card holders to Cowan and Memorial Stadiums for fireworks which are set to start at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Food trucks will be in the midway beginning at 7 p.m. 

Fireworks once again will light up the sky over Downtown Bellevue for Independence Day. The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Downtown Association have co-produced a fireworks show for 28 years. And this year’s show is already expected to look a bit different (in all of the best ways) than past Bellevue Family 4th celebrations. The fireworks will go off at approximately 10:05 p.m. from the Downtown area and last for 15 to 17 minutes.

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