Be in the Know: Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Where to go, what to see and what to do in and around the Emerald City.

The Fourth of July commemorates the day we declared independence from Great Britain–all over America we celebrate with music, food, and fireworks.  It may fall on a Wednesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and have a good time.  Here are some of the best places in the Seattle area to check out the fireworks.

Symetra Bellevue Family 4th at  Bellevue Downtown Park | 2 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | From music by The Buckaroos Blues Band, kid’s activities like face-painting, and food booths with pizza, elephant ears, snow cones and more, there’s plenty to do while you wait for the big show to light up the skies.  This is the Eastside’s largest firework display; it’s set to a live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

2012 Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park (Kent) | Noon – 11 p.m. | Chow down on some kettle corn, espresso, burgers, and curly fries and enjoy entertainment from Allegro Dance Studio, Spotlight Dance Company, the winners of Kent’s Got Talent, and more.  They provide the fireworks, Lake Meridian provides the backdrop, and you provide the “oohs” and “ahs.”

Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July at Gene Coulon Memorial Park (Renton) | Noon – 10:30 p.m. | Beyond the kid’s activities (including face-painting and inflatables) and live music, the main attraction is watching fireworks get launched from a barge in Lake Washington.  Average attendance is 20,000 people, so make sure to get there early and snag a spot.

Red, White and Blues Festival at Celebration Park (Federal Way) | 6 p.m. – 10:40 p.m. | The 20th annual Red, White and Blues festival has live music from Bullet Creek, Mr. Pink, and The New Blues Brothers as well as patriotic-themed crafts & activities.  Unleash your competitive side for the three-legged race, tug-of-war, and hot dog eating contest.  Then kick back, lay down your blanket, and enjoy the fireworks.

Freedom Fair Tacoma at  Ruston Way Waterfront | 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Explore over a hundred booths with food, clothing and artwork, walk on over to the classic car show, or listen to live music from Cloud Chowder, Al Earwick Band, Steve Cooley & The Dangerfields.  After an air show over Commencement Bay, keep your eyes on the sky for the fireworks.

Everett’s Colors of Freedom Fourth of July Celebration at Legion Park | 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.| What could be more American than a family picnic and a parade? Watch the procession of marching bands, dance and drill teams, clowns and more.  Cap it all off with the “Thunder on the Bay” fireworks show.

Family Fourth at Lake Union | Noon – 11 p.m.| This is the big one–throw down a blanket to reserve your spot and then spend the day celebrating around the lake: live music, food vendors, a beer garden and more.  Family Fourth at Lake Union has been rated one of the top five fireworks displays in the country by TIME magazine, so don’t miss out.