Where to see fireworks on the 4th of July around the Sound

Communities all around the Sound are putting on spectacular pyrotechnics for you and your family

June 26, 2018

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The calendar says it's summer, but we know it doesn't really start until after the fireworks on July 4.

So let's light this candle! Seattle's big pyrotechnics extravaganza on Lake Union may be the most high-profile fireworks display on July 4, but wherever you are around the Sound, there's a pretty good show in your next of the woods. Here are some of the biggest and best, thanks to the handy site Greater Seattle On The Cheap:

  • Seattle Seafair Summer Fourth, 10:20pm-ish, Seattle Gas Works Park (on the north shore of Lake Union). Festivities start at noon, so there's a full day of food, entertainment, and a kid zone . .. then there's that breathtaking fireworks show. It's free, but they do sell reserved seats for fireworks for $40-$60. Lots of food vendors, and if you're 21 or over, there are beer and beverage gardens. To kill time before the big show, check out All-American Games in Gas Works Park, featuring a pie-eating contest and sack races.
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Freedom Fest at Cowan Stadium, south of Tacoma. The New 94.1 The Sound is on hand for this one! Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. -- there's live music, roving entertainers, a car show, lots of food, kids activities, and the grand finale fireworks show. Free admission and free parking. Use Exit 119 off I-5. Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM Lewis-Main via the DuPont Gate. Vehicles will be directed to a parking area and occupants will be bussed to and from the event site. Due to security checks, expect some delays when entering the base. 
  • Everett Colors of Freedom Festival, 10:20pm at Legion Park Bluff (145 Alverson Blvd) overlooking Puget Sound. You can also position yourself at Grand Avenue Park (1800 Grand Ave) and Everett Marina District. At Legion Park, begining at 11:00 AM, there will be free kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden, & live music. Bring a blanket and a picnic. No parking at Legion Park, but there's a free shuttle, either at the Everett Community College Broadway lot or at Everett Station. Small coolers only are permitted on shuttle buses. Return trips to parking offered throughout the day and after the fireworks. Small propane & charcoal barbecues are allowed. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
  • Celebrate Kirkland, 10:15pm, Marina Park (with views from most downtown waterfront parks). The Marina parking lot including, Lakeshore Plaza Drive from Central Way to Kirkland Avenue and Kirkland Avenue from Lake Shore Plaza Drive to Lake Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 11:00 p.m. The fireworks barge will be off Marina Park. 
  • Bellevue Family 4th, 10:05pm, the Eastside’s Premier 4th of July Event at Bellevue Downtown Park (one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way). Live music and food trucks will entertain from 2:00 pm to 8:50 pm. Kid’s entertainment includes mascots and ticketed inflatables. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Bellevue’s iconic venue.  Leave pets, personal barbeques, and alcohol at home.  No personal fireworks allowed! Bring a picnic or enjoy a variety of food from vendors located throughout the park. A flashlight is recommended for safety.
  • Tacoma Freedom Fair takes place along the Ruston Way waterfront from 10:00am to 10:30pm. There's an air show, car show, and bike show, plus kids activities, live music, and food vendors. Admission to Freedom Fair is free, but donations ($2-$15 per person) are suggested. Park free at the Tacoma Dome Station or at Tacoma Community College and take the Freedom Fair Express Bus all day and after the fireworks.

And if you want to go in a little more of a small-town community direction, we've got you covered:

A few tips to keep in mind: Many of these are all-day events, so pack the sunscreen and stay hydrated. Most of these festivals and fireworks aren't the place to bring pets, and they all pretty much ban outside alcohol or your own fireworks. Click the link for each community to get the details about parking, hours, amenities, etc.

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