It looks to be a great holiday weekend, and there are many ways to celebrate in and around Bellevue. Here’s a roundup of information to help you navigate the options, fun, and safety issues for you and your family this Fourth of July.
Where to Celebrate the Fourth
The Symetra Bellevue Family 4th celebration will begin at 2 p.m. at Bellevue Downtown Park, and continue until 10:30 p.m., ending with the fireworks display that begins at 10:05. After 6 p.m. there is free event parking in Bellevue Square, and easy walk from the park. The lowdown on events can be found at Bellevue Downtown’s website
In Bellevue, we also have a rare opportunity to visit the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, on display from July 1 – 4 at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue.
Check out an Edmonds Kind of 4th, with at fireworks display at 10 p.m .at Civic Stadium, at 6th and Bell.
Kenmore will hold a fireworks show over Lake Washington at Log Boom Park. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and visit the city’s website for parking information parking map
Kirkland is a popular nearby place to celebrate; city officials are expecting about 10,000 merrymakers at its events this year, which culminates Monday with Kirkland’s big summertime bash on the Fourth of July. Sponsored by Celebrate Kirkland and based at Marina Park, activities include a kids parade (11:30 a.m.), the 12th annual old-fashioned patriotic parade (noon), the Rotary Club of Kirkland’s “Duck Dash” (3 p.m.), and the spectacular fireworks show (10:15 p.m.).Read more about it in this story on Kirkland Patch. or visit the Celebrate Kirkland website for more details.
Lake Boren Townhomes sponsors a public fireworks display with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. July 4 at Lake Boren Park. Get more information here.
At Renton’s Fabulous Fourth of July and Fireworks, enjoy free children's activities and face-painting from noon to 8 p.m., (sponsored by Coal Creek Family YMCA & Matt Griffin YMCA) stage entertainment from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. (sponsored by Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments) and a professional fireworks display from a barge on Lake Washington at 10 p.m. Get more information here.
Sammamish will hold its Fourth on the Plateau celebration, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at the Sammamish Commons. Fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. Find out all about the events at and the city’s website.
Gasworks Park at Lake Union is once again the site of Seattle’s fireworks show. The festivities begin at noon, with food vendors and a beer garden, and the fireworks beginning at dusk. Check out the event rundown here
The Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce once opens Lafayette Street to the public for the day-long July 4th Celebration. The event will feature a street fair, beer garden, Steilacoom Tribal Museum, family street fair, and finally, a fireworks show over Puget Sound that starts at 10 p.m. For info, visit the Steilacoom website.
Fireworks Banned in Redmond
The Redmond Fire Department reminds residents that the sale and personal possession and use of all fireworks within the city limits of Redmond are prohibited by City ordinance. Persons found in violation of this ordinance can be punished by a fine up to $5,000, or by jail time up to one year, or by both.
Though fireworks are on sale in unincorporated King County and are legal to use on July 4 between 9 a.m. and midnight in those unincorporated areas, certain personal fireworks are never legal. Sometimes people buy fireworks from stands on sovereign tribal lands, looking for value, but some of those items may not be used elsewhere in the state. Illegal devices include:
Sky rockets (also known as bottle rockets): pyrotechnics attached to a stick to guide them upwards
Chasers: small paper or cardboard tubes that travel along the ground upon ignition, creating a whistling effect or other noise;
Missile-type rockets: devices similar to a sky rocket in size, composition, and effect but that uses fins rather than a stick for guidance.
Fire Crackers/Salutes (such as M-80s and M-100s): Small, paper-wrapped or cardboard tube containing pyrotechnic composition. Upon ignition, noise and a flash of light are produced.
In nearby Renton, marshals demonstrated the dangers of using illegal fireworks. Read about it and watch the demonstration on video here.
The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office states that in 2010 there were 576 fireworks related injuries and fires reported and most were from fireworks illegal to own or possess in the State of Washington.
King County Metro says Metro Transit bus routes will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. The holiday schedule means many commuter bus routes will not be in service on July 4. Sunday fares are in effect on all Metro routes on both Sunday and Monday.
The King County Water Taxi between downtown Seattle and West Seattle will operate with a Sunday schedule on July 4. The free Water Taxi shuttles – Routes 773 and 775 – will operate with a Sunday schedule July 4. There will be no service on the Vashon route on Monday. For more water taxi information, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/watertaxi.
Due to many holiday events throughout the entire long weekend – Saturday through Monday, be sure to check for bus reroutes later in the week at:www.kingcounty.gov/Metro/alerts under the “Construction & Events” heading. Or, sign up for Transit Alerts on that same page to get news about the routes you use most often.
Keeping Pets Safe on This Noisy Holiday
The Seattle Humane Society issued a list of helpful tips to keep your pets safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the festivities.