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Seattle Fireworks - Western Washington 4th of July

Fireworks Shows and July Fourth Celebrations


Seattle's most famous fireworks show is the Lake Union Family Fourth, hosted at Gas Works Park each year. But other communities in and around Seattle and Tacoma also have July 4th celebrations, big and small. Find out what's on near you!

1. Seattle Fireworks

Lake Union Fireworks
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Family Fourth at Lake Union – Lake Union Fireworks

You can view these fireworks from many spots around Seattle, including Gas Works Park, which is where the Family Fourth event takes place. From noon until after the fireworks, Gas Works Park hosts live music, lots of kids activities, food vendors, a beer garden, and family barbecues (you can bring non-alcoholic beverages and your own food). Parking is extremely limited, as are public transit options. If you can’t walk here, seriously consider finding a viewpoint you can walk or drive to!

Where: Gas Works Park, 2101 North Northlake Way, Seattle. Viewpoints all around Seattle.
When: Noon until 11 p.m.
Fireworks start: Just after 10 p.m.

Mercer Island

Where: Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
When: Confirm event is on before you go
Fireworks start: 10:00 p.m.

2. North of Seattle Fireworks

Edmonds Kind of Fourth

This small-town event features a parade, a fun run, live music, and other events.

Where: Fireworks at the Civic Stadium at 6th and Bell
When: 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

Colors of Everett July 4th

Everett has events going on all day long in its downtown area. Start the day off with the Yankee Doodle Dash at 8:30 a.m., watch the Colors of Freedom parade, and enjoy the festival that starts at 11 p.m. The Thunder on the Bay fireworks polish off the night at Legion Park (also viewable from Grand Avenue Park, 1800 Grand Avenue). There is no parking at Legion Park that day. Most visitors use Everett Transit, which operates free of charge all day long.

Where: Legion Park, 145 Alverson Boulevard, Everett
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10:15 p.m.

3. Eastside Fireworks

Bellevue Family 4th

Live music, games and activities for kids, food vendors, and plenty of fun for all are capped off with Bellevue’s premier firework show. Free parking at Bellevue Square after 6 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
When: 2 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start: Just after 10 p.m.

Celebrate Kirkland

Family activities, face painting, both a children’s parade and a larger parade, and a fireworks show. Fireworks are viewable from most of the waterfront parks in Kirkland and Heritage Park.

Where: Marina Park, 25 Lake Avenue West, Kirkland
When: 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10:15 p.m.

4th at the Lake in Newcastle

Food booths and family activities, live music, and free glow necklaces and flags for all!

Where: Lake Boren Park, 13058 Southeast 84th Way, Newcastle
When: 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

Fourth on the Plateau in Sammamish

Live music, food vendors, kids activities, and fireworks.

Where: Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Avenue Southeast, Sammamish
When: 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

4. South King County Fireworks

Renton’s Fabulous Fourth

Children’s activities and face painting take place until 8 p.m. Live entertainment goes on from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are launched from a barge in Lake Washington. Parking is limited at Gene Coulon park, but there is more nearby at The Landing, and other nearby lots (look for Event Parking signs).

Where: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Boulevard, Renton
When: Noon until 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

Kent’s Fourth of July Splash

Kent’s July 4th celebrations feature lots of family fun from a pie eating contest to Bouncy Houses, food booths to live music.

Where: Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street, Kent
When: Noon until 11 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

Federal Way

Where: Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th Street, Federal Way
When: Confirm event is on before you go.
Fireworks start: 10:15 p.m.

Family Fourth at the Fort – Tukwila

Inflated bouncers, live entertainment, food vendors, and fireworks. Parking is limited so come early or have alternate transportation plans.

Where: Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila
When: 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

Fireworks over Des Moines

Where: Des Moines Marina North Lot, 22307 Dock Avenue, Des Moines
When: 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.

Auburn 4th of July Festival

A bike parade, two stages of entertainment, over 50 artist and craft booths, and lots of kids’ activities. Some games for families are here, too, including bocce ball, mini golf, and bingo. Wristbands are available for a few dollars and allow unlimited access to all activities.

Where: Les Gove Park, 910 9th Street SE, Auburn
When: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
No fireworks

Enumclaw Stars and Stripes

A free breakfast, a parade, and fireworks.

Where: Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Avenue SE, Enumclaw
When: Parade at or around noon.
Fireworks start: 9:45 p.m.

5. South Sound Fireworks

Tacoma Freedom Fair

There’s no better fireworks show in the South Sound than the Freedom Fair. This all-day event has several stages of live music, over 100 artists and vendor booths, beer gardens, and a car show. Something that makes this July 4th event special is its air show, featuring vintage aircraft and modern jets. There is also an air show cruise if you prefer to see your jets from the water. The fireworks show has shells ranging from three to ten inches, much like the Seattle fireworks show.

Where: Ruston Way in Tacoma
When: 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start: Just after 10 p.m.

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