Symetra Bellevue Family 4th to Light Up Downtown on Independence Day

July 4 is Wednesday, so head downtown for a family-friendly festival and a fireworks display at 10:05 p.m.

The Symetra Bellevue Family 4th will celebrate Independence Day with family fun and fireworks at .

This year, the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Independence Day concert before and during the big fireworks show, according to organizers Bellevue Downtown Association.

Activities in the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone start at 2 p.m. Family entertainment includes jugglers, games, and inflatable bouncies. Some of the activities will cost between $2 and $8 each. The event also includes several food and beverage vendors.

You can park this year for free at the (which is Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place) for free after 6 p.m. You can also park for free at Bellevue City Hall, or take public transportation to the event.

The mainstage schedule is as follows: 

2 p.m.

Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone opens

3 p.m.

Symetra Community Spotlight Pavilion opens

3 p.m.

The Entertain Men (Jugglers)

4:40 p.m. approx.

C-17 Flyover from Joint Base Lewis-McChord

5:30 p.m.

Buckaroo Blues Band (Country)

6 p.m.

Meet on-air radio personalities and win prizes at the 106.1 KISS FM and 94.1 KMPS FM tents.

6:45 p.m.

Idol Eyez (Top 40 dance hits from the 70s to today)

8:40 p.m.

Bellevue Fire Department Honor Guard, Presentation and Placement of the colors

8:55 p.m.

The National Anthem performed by the Newport High School Vocal Quartet

9:30 p.m.

Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe takes center stage to present a special Independence Day performance.

10:05 p.m.

The Eastside's largest and most spectacular fireworks show set to live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.



Plan for Traffic

Before the fireworks, at approximately 9:45 p.m., some streets near Downtown Park will be closed to vehicle traffic: Northeast Fourth Street, from 100th Avenue to Bellevue Way; and 100th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast First to Northeast Fifth street. After the fireworks, the following road restrictions will be put in place to help clear traffic leaving downtown: 

  • Right turns will be prohibited from 100th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Eighth Street; drivers may turn right on Northeast 10th Street.
  • Right turns will be prohibited from eastbound Northeast 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Avenue and Interstate 405. Access to I-405 from 10th will be via 116th Avenue Northeast and south to Northeast Eighth Street. 
  • Left turns will be prohibited from southbound Bellevue Way to eastbound Northeast Fourth Street. Drivers headed to I-90 or I-405 may continue south on Bellevue Way.
  • Various other lane closures and turn restrictions, as needed, to move traffic quickly out of the downtown core.
  • When traffic volume decreases, roads will reopen and turn restrictions will be lifted.

Complimentary event parking is offered after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place). Limited parking is also available at the visitors lot at City Hall (450 110th Ave. NE). 

Other neighborhood celebrations

Newport Hills Community Club will holds its annual 4th of July Picnic at Ringdall School Track, 11650 SE 60th St., Bellevue. There will be a food drive, so bring cans. Parade starts at 11 a.m. Community BBQ with family activities last until 2:30 p.m. and free swimming at Newport Swim and Tennis Club from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, check out the Newport Hills Community Club blog.

Other area fireworks displays

Sammamish 4th on the Plateau

Fireworks starts at 10 p.m. at Sammamish Commons

Carnation 4th of July

Fireworks display begins at dusk near Tolt-Macdonald Park

Kenmore 4th of July Fireworks Show

At Boom Park at the top of Lake Washington, show begins at 10 p.m.

Celebrate Kirkland

At Marina Park, show begins at 10:15 p.m.

Seattle Family 4th

Gasworks Park or Lake Union Park, get there by 10 a.m. (yes, you read that right), show is at 10 p.m.

For the entire list of Firework shows going on in the state of Washington go here and for a look at what sort of fireworks are allowed and what aren't see this list.


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