Fireworks, parades, picnics, or fun and games; however you decide to celebrate our country’s birthday, we’ve got the scoop on Fourth of July events across the Eastside.
Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
Beginning at noon in Renton’s Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, the city of Renton invites families for a day of food, face-painting, and fireworks. Ivar’s and Kidd Valley will be on hand with beach-side concession stands while live acts entertain and contestants participate in a Sand Blast Volleyball Tournament. Rentonwa.gov
Fourth at the Lake
Celebrate our independence the Newcastle way by nestling in along the shore at Lake Boren Park beginning at 6 p.m., and continuing until the fireworks explode high above the water at 10 p.m. Newcastlewa.gov
Four on the 4th Dog Jog and Walk
Independence Day may seem like fun and games for us, however for our four-legged friends this day of celebration is a loud and stressful one. Come out to Ashwood Park in Downtown Bellevue starting at 9 a.m. for this non-competitive 4K run with your pup and tire them out so they’ll sleep more soundly during the evening’s festivities. Registration is $20 per person with discounts for groups, a portion of proceeds benefits adoptions, pet food bank, and humane treatment education through Seattle Humane in Bellevue. Seattlehumane.org
Bellevue Family 4th
If you haven’t checked out the newly renovated downtown park in Bellevue, what better opportunity than during its busiest day of the year. Presented by the Bellevue Collection and PACCAR, this fireworks display is sure to delight families from around the region, from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bellevuedowntown.com
When Kirkland celebrates Independence Day, they go all out. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with plenty of family activities at the Marina Park Pavilion, followed by a children’s walking parade, a grand old-fashioned parade, picnic in the park, and live musical performances. All will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display after dark. Celebratekirkland.org
Kenmore Fireworks Show
Bring your blankets and chairs out to Kenmore’s Log Boom Park starting at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy eats from Spot Hot Dogs and Brats, Cat House Pizza, or Chillz while you wait for the fantastic light show to begin. Kenmorewa.gov/events
Fourth of July Freedom Festival
This year’s theme for the City of Bothell’s annual Freedom Festival is “united we stand.” Kick the day off with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the downtown firehouse followed promptly by a children’s parade at 11:15 a.m. and grand parade, which begins at noon. Check online for this year’s parade route, which has been altered due to construction. Ci.bothell.wa.us
Fireworks Over Lake Sammamish
You haven’t experienced a fireworks show until you’ve seen fireworks over Lake Sammamish. The 22nd annual Lake Sammamish Fireworks show, sponsored by John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor of Windermere Real Estate, will benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The majestic lake offers prime viewing real estate (pun intended) by boat north of the sunken forest area of South Lake Sammamish while Vasa Park and Lake Sammamish State Park also will be open to the public after 9 p.m. for shore viewing of the 10 p.m. display. KritsonisLindor.com
360-Degree Views at Sky View Observatory
While not exactly an Eastside venue, Sky View Observatory on floor 73 of Seattle’s Columbia Center is an ideal spot to watch Eastside fireworks displays — not to mention displays from around the Puget Sound as far as the eye can see in every direction. Head up to the observatory beginning at 11 a.m. to claim your spot and enjoy the locally bottled beer and wine, lemonade, and light snacks available for purchase. Space will be limited to the first 350 guests with standing room only. Tickets start at $9.75 for seniors, active military, and students while regular admission is $14.75. Skyviewobservatory.com
Before you light your Fourth of July off with a bang, there are a few things you should know.
- The sale of legal fireworks on tribal lands is commonplace in our region due to the sovereign nature of the lands. Tribes that are federally recognized possess the authority to govern activities on their land without state government control, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Many Eastside cities and municipalities restrict the detonation of fireworks, however safe denotation in designated light-off areas on tribal lands is permitted to customers. However, not all tribes have room for these areas. Confirm before you burn.
- Those who live in areas that strictly ban the sale, possession, or detonation of fireworks should adhere to these restrictions — especially when bans carry a costly fine for infractions.
- In addition to monetary consequences, fireworks also can cost the health and safety of friends and loved ones. In 2015, there were 241 injuries and 240 fires as a result of fireworks related emergency incidents in Washington state. Responsible users should keep a bucket of water and a charged hose nearby for emergencies.
- Duds and spent casings should be wetted down and placed in a metal bin away from other combustible items. And legal fireworks should never be altered or “beefed up” in any way.
- Don’t overestimate children around fireworks, keep fireworks, matches, and lighters out of reach. Detonate all fireworks so there are no leftovers to tempt young children, and under no circumstances should you let a child light a fuse.
Not sure if your city allows firework detonation? Here are some of the regulations concerning firework detonation around the Eastside this year according to Washington State Fire Marshall’s Office.
- Bellevue: Banned
- Bothell: Restricted
July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Issaquah: Banned
- Kirkland: Banned
- North Bend: Restricted
July 4th, 9 a.m. to midnight
- Redmond: Banned
- Renton: Banned
- Sammamish: Banned
- Snoqualmie: Restricted
July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight
- Woodinville: Banned
- Unincorporated King County: Restricted
July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight
Questions and concerns regarding the safe use of fireworks during the Independence Day season should be directed to the State Fire Marshal’s Fire Protection Bureau via phone at (360) 596-3913 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.