Here’s our list of free Seattle and Washington area 4th of July fireworks, parades, and celebrations. Know of an event that isn’t listed here? If it’s free (or cheap), tell us about it in the comments box at the bottom of the page.
Seattle July 4th Events
Seattle Family Fourth Around Lake Union: July 4, gates open at noon. An afternoon of funk, blues and soul, including live performances by Pickwick in Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) and Hey Marseilles in Lake Union Park. Designed history trivia challenge on Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop uniting both parks. Fireworks at dark followed by Pickwick encore at 10:45pm.
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Aberdeen Splash Festival: July 4, 2012, 2-10:15pm at the Morrison Riverfront Park in Aberdeen, WA. Event features live music, interactive games, family shows, and lots of food and craft vendors. Fireworks at dark.
Anacortes July 4th Celebration: July 4, 2012, 10am-11pm in Anacortes, WA. Town photo at 10am, 5th & Commercial. Parade at 11am starting at 3rd & Commercial. Patriotic program at Causland Park. “Rock the Dock” 4th of July free community concert and faire, 5-10:30pm, featuring arts and crafts, vendors, food, beverages, children’s activities, and live music. Fireworks at dark.
Arlington July 4th Festival: July 4, 2012, 7am-9pm in Arlington, WA. Pancake Breakfast at Haller Park 7-10am, Pedal-Paddle-Puff Triathlon at Haller Park 8am, Kiwanis Auctions at Haller Park 8:30am 10am and noon, Kiddies Parade 4:30, Grand Parade 5pm, Duck Dash at Haller Park 7:30pm, Fireworks at B&G Club 9pm.
Auburn 4th of July Festival: July 4, 2012, 11am-4pm at Les Grove Park in Auburn, WA. Event includes a noon bike parade, various entertainment on two stages, a kids craft tent, an arts & craft grove with over 50 artists, a car show, 8 inflatable rides, a rock wall, euro-bungy trampolines and other fun activities for children. The event also offers bingo, mini golf, bocce, food concessions, and more. Parade at 12pm at the Cultural Stage.
Bainbridge 2012 Grand Old Fourth of July: July 4, 2012 in Bainbridge, WA. Street fair in the Town & Country parking lot 9am-5pm. Parade begins at 1pm. There will also be a Classic Car Show. Music and entertainment will be at the Town & Country parking lot stage and Watefront Park. Entertainment and activities include a historical baseball game, beer garden, pony rides, bouncy house, Big Purple Slide, miniature golf, the Kitsap Mounted Posse, and more. Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm.
Bellevue Family Fourth: July 4, 2012 at Downtown Park in Bellevue, WA. Family Fun Zone is open from 2-8:30pm and features jugglers, stilt walkers, mascot characters, storytellers, face painting, free interactive games, inflatable rides, and a Mini Mountain climbing wall. There will be Picnic Games from 3-4:30pm including sack races, 3-legged races, bean bag tosses, tic-tac-toe, hula hoop, and more. Live entertainment from 3:30-10pm featuring The Entertain Men (jugglers). C-17 flyover from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Buckaroo Blue Band, Idol Eyez, Bellevue Honor Guard, and the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks at 10:05pm.
Carnation 4th of July Celebration: July 3-4, 2012 in Carnation WA. Various events and locations…
- July 3 – Cascade Community Theater presents “TBD,” 4:30-5:30pm, Tolt Commons Park; Sno-Valley Sr’s Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7pm, Sr Center Downtown on Stephens Ave; Lazy K’s Cowpie Eating Contest, 5:30-9pm, Tolt Commons Park; Live music by Highway 203, 6-9pm, Tolt Commons Park
- July 4 – Pancake breakfast, 8-11am, Tolt Congregational Church; 5k Run for the Pies, 8:30am, start/finish at corner of Tolt and Commercial St; Sno-Valley’s Strawberry Shortcake, 10am-2pm, Sr Center Downtown on Stephens Ave; Kiddie Parade, 10:30am, Main St; Grand Parade, 11am, Main St; Hot Rods and Harleys, 12-4pm, Carnation Elementary Parking Lot; Vendor Village all day at Tolt Commons Park; Bouncy toys all day at Bank of America Parking Lot; Music at Tolt-MacDonald Park starting at 3:45, featuring Rockin’ the Blues Benefit Band, Felonious Monk, The Late Boomers, REDLINE, and Renee Wolfe; Fireworks at 10pm.
Coulee Dam Festival of America: July 3-4, 2012 at Grand Coulee Dam in Coulee Dam, WA. 11am-10pm Vendors in the Park with entertainment, arts and crafts, and food; live performance 8-10pm; laser light show at 10pm. Fireworks on July 4 at 10:37pm.
Des Moines WA Fireworks: July 4, 2012, 6-10pm at Des Moines Marina North Lot. Fireworks over the waterfront start at 10pm. $1 donation is suggested.
Edmonds WA – An Edmonds Kind of Fourth: July 4, 2012. Fun-Run at 10am, Children’s Parade at 11:30am, Main Parade at 12pm, Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition at City Park 3rd Ave S & Pine at 2:30pm, evening entertainment featuring the Side Project at 7:30pm. Fireworks at Civic Stadium 6th & Bell at 10pm.
Enumclaw WA - Stars & Stripes Celebration: July 4th, 2012, Fireworks Show 9:45pm. New Location: Southwood Soccer Fields. Gather your picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets and claim your spot on the Southwood Soccer Field. The show will go off in the field to the South.
Everett WA - July 4th Colors of Everett: July 4, 2012. Colors of Freedom Parade featuring marching bands, dance and drill teams, giant puppets, stilt walkers, clowns, and more at 11am on Colby and Wetmore Ave. Colors of Freedom Festival from 1-11pm on the grassy bluff overlooking Port Gardner Bay. Festival includes free kids’ activities, a food fair, and live music. Fireworks at 10:20pm over Port Gardner Bay. Viewing areas are at Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd and Grand Avenue Park, 1800 Grand Ave.
Kent Fourth of July Splash: July 4, 2012, 12-11pm at Lake Meridian Park in Kent, WA. Activities from 12-5pm include wooden toy boat building, bouncy houses, T-bird puck and shoot, Allied Waste recycling activity, food booths, community showcase highlighting local talent, old fashioned games, pie eating contest, live entertainment, and more. Fireworks at 10pm.
Kingston WA 4th of July Celebration: July 4t, 2012. Parade will begin approximately at 12:15. 4th of July Music Festival (Mike Wallace Park) 4pm – 8:30 pm; 4th of July Fireworks approximately- 10:30 pm over Apple Tree Cove.
Kirkland 4th of July Parade & Celebration: July 4, 2012 in Kirkland, WA. Children’s Parade at 11:30am in Marina Park. Old Fashioned Downtown Parade at noon at Market and Central Way. Festivities in Marina Park 1pm – 10:30pm. Music in the Park from 3-10pm. Fireworks start at 10:15pm.
Long Beach WA Independence Day Fireworks on the Beach: July 4, 2012 in front of the Long Beach Boardwalk in Long Beach, WA. Fireworks at dusk, approximately 9:30.
Manson WA The “Big Show” 4th of July Fireworks: July 4, 2012 Fireworks 10:15-11pm, at Manson Bay Marina, 312 Quetiloquasoon Road, Manson, WA 98831.
Newcastle Fourth at the Lake Celebration: July 4, 2012 at 6pm at Lake Boren Park (Southeast 84th Ave and Coal Creek Pkwy Southeast, Newcastle, WA). Fun and food start at 6pm, live music at 8pm, free flags and glow necklaces are offered. Fireworks start at 10pm.
Oak Harbor Fourth Of July: July 4, 2012, 11am-10:30pm at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor, WA. Davis Amusement Carnival at 11am, vendor marketplace 11am-6pm, Grand Parade at 11am, fun family games 2pm-5pm, fireworks at 10:30pm.
Port Angeles Fourth of July Celebration: July 4, 2011 in Port Angeles, WA. Parade at 6pm starts down Lincoln St, turns on First St and ends at Valley St. There will also be a Coast Guard Helicopter flyover. Live music at the City Pier at 7pm. Fireworks launch from the Francis Street Park at 10pm. Best viewing areas are from City Pier or the waterfront trail.
Renton WA Fabulous Fourth of July: July 4, 2012, 12-10pm at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, WA. Event includes free Kid-Zone activities, face painting, and inflatables from 12-8pm and stage entertainment from 1:30-9pm featuring the Renton City Concert Band, Guys & Dolls, Erwilian, The Stacy Jones Band, and Oncore. Fireworks start at 10pm.
Sammamish Fourth on the Plateau: July 4, 2012, 6-10pm at the Sammamish Commons in Sammamish, WA. Event features a kids’ activities area and live music by Soul Purpose at 6pm and Shelley and the Curves at 8pm. Fireworks start at 10pm. FYI: No left turns onto or off of 228th.
Stevenson WA 4th of July Celebration: July 4, 2012, 8pm – 10:30pm, Fireworks at dusk, around 10pm, shot over Rock Cove. Old fashioned 4th of July in Rock Creek Park. U.S. Naval Band, “The Puget Sound Machine” will perform beginning at 8pm. The stage will be set on the midway at Skamania County Fairgrounds. Nellie’s Pies will be on hand selling yummy desserts including candy apple pie. Skamania County Fairgrounds and Rock Creek Park in Stevenson, Washington
Tukwila WA Family Fourth at the Fort: July 4, 2012, 4-10pm at Fort Dent Park in Tukwila, WA. Event includes inflatable bouncers and slides, an entertainment stage, and vendors. Fireworks start at 10pm.
Westport WA Fourth of July Booming Bay Fireworks: July 4, 2011. Fireworks start at dusk over the Bay at the Marina at Westport Washington.