Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, almost all of Seattle’s 4th of July events have been cancelled for 2020. However, the city of Puyallup is hosting Red, White & Kaboom Drive-In Fireworks at the Washington State Fairgrounds this year. Find information about this and virtual events in the story below. We hope to see you back here next year, perusing our guide for the best July 4th festivities.

This year, the 4th won’t involve tricycle parades, fireworks and grilling with friends (not too many anyway), but families can still tune in to virtual events around the country for some star-spangled fun. Read on and join in the celebration!

Virtual Fourth of July Events

Red, White & Kaboom Drive-In Fireworks
The city of Puyallup has re-imagined its annual 4th of July event as a Drive-In celebration. The fun happens at the Gold lot at the Washington State Fairgrounds. Decorate your car, win prizes, enjoy streamed live music, prize drawings, food trucks and a walking map to local dining. The evening will culminate with a spectacular Fireworks Display. Sat. Event details.

Tacoma Rainier's Fireworks Show
Tune into the Tacoma Rainier's traditional Friday night fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. This year the show will be livestreamed via Facebook. Fri. Event details.

4 on the 4th
Join the City of Auburn for their virtual 4 on the 4th program created to get people outside and active. To participate, simple walk, run, bike, hike or swim four miles on the 4th. Then email a record of your activity to receive a finisher certificate from the City of Auburn a few weeks later via snail mail. Sat. Event details.

Kirkland's Virtual 4th of July Event
The City of Kirkland, the Celebrate Kirkland Leadership Team, and the Kirkland Downtown Association are hosting the first ever virtual Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July event. And because no 4th of July is complete without a spectacular display of fireworks, return to the City Facebook page at 10 p.m. for the 2020 virtual fireworks show! The online display features dazzling pyrotechnics from years past to help brighten your screens and bring the 4th of July holiday to life. Sat. Event details.

Concord's Virtual Neighborhood Parade
For the first time ever, Concord's 4th of July Parade is going virtual! Catch all of the events from Concord's Facebook page. Sat. Event details

Independence Day Party with CAMP and Kroger
It’s a red, white and blue-berry Independence Day party and you’re all invited! Join CAMP and Kroger for an hour of creativity and fun. They'll guide you through DIY tie-dye, participate in an interactive magic show and dance! Fri. Event details

July 4th Oration—The Struggle for Justice Continues
Using the 1852 address by Douglass as a framework, the Oration examines issues of liberty, citizenship, civic engagement and social responsibility from the historical perspective in light of contemporary injustice. Amidst contemporary crises, Frederick Douglass’s address rings out from history, reminding us we must learn from the past to create the future all Americans deserve. Sat. Event details

July 4th with the National Archives
Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration! For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States that includes a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the Museum steps. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment paper and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family. Sat. Event details

California Center for the Arts Virtual 4th of July Festival
Since this year's fireworks celebration is cancelled, California Center for the Arts will be bringing you a virtual festival with events kicking off at 3 p.m. From crafts with the kiddos to Broadway stars singing your favorite songs to their annual tradition of Marine Band there will be something for everyone! Sat. Event details

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

1. Red, White & Zoo

For families who want to get a jump-start on their holiday celebration, Woodland Park Zoo will be throwing its annual Fourth of July picnic on the weekend leading up to Independence Day. Watch as the zoo’s animals–orangutans, lemurs, pigs, gorillas and more–are treated to star-shaped popsicles, watermelons and corn on the cob in celebration of Red, White & Zoo. While you're there, listen to zookeeper talks and learn how these treats help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep the animals mentally stimulated and engage visitors. June 29-30 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Seafair

2. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer Fourth

If your family’s endurance is high and you don’t mind crowds, the all-day Seafair Summer Fourth is the big show in town. The folks at Seafair and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance promise to make this Independence Day celebration (which has been a Seattle tradition at Gas Works Park for more than 25 years) one to remember. Starting at noon, families can enjoy a variety of entertainment, food and all-American games and activities (think: pie eating contests, sack races, hula hoop contests) leading up to a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Union. July 4 from noon–11 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

3. Seattle Civic Band at Ballard Locks

The Seattle Civic Band will hold its annual 4th of July concert at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Put on your red, white and blue duds, pack a picnic lunch and be prepared to stomp your feet to a rousing selection of patriotic music and help celebrate the Ballard Locks’ 101st birthday! July 4 at 2 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

4. Burien Independence Day Parade 

Put on your best red, white and blue attire and grab a curbside seat for this Independence Day parade now in its 97th year! See floats, clowns, drill teams and lots of kiddies march through the streets of downtown Burien at this longstanding local tradition. July 4 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: City of Everett

5. Colors of Freedom 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks

The City of Everett's 4th of July festivities include a parade through the streets of downtown Everett, a festival at Legion Memorial Park and of course, a spectacular fireworks display over Port Gardner Bay. Expect to see marching bands, stilt walkers, dancers, clowns and all sorts of fun surprises travel along Colby & Wetmore Avenues. After the parade, head to Legion Memorial Park to enjoy a picnic with the fam, free kids' activities, a food fair, live music and a festive fireworks display. July 4 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (fireworks start at 10 p.m.). Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Bainbridge Island Community Center

6. The Grand Old 4th of July

Want to get out of town this Independence Day? Take a ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy the annual Grand Old 4th of July parade and community celebration. The fun starts early (at 7 a.m.) with a traditional pancake breakfast and continues throughout the day with a classic car show, all-day street fair, foot races, children's games and much more. Psst! The mile-long Hometown Parade begins at 1 p.m. July 4 from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Pixabay

7. Bellevue Family 4th presented by The Bellevue Collection

Jugglers, storytellers, rides, bouncy houses and field games at the Bellevue Family 4th make this a fave for Eastside kids! After the sun goes down, settle in for a spectacular fireworks show set to the sounds of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and plan to stay late for the post fireworks show concert. July 4 from 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Laura Green

8. 4th of July Festival at Les Gove Park

Auburn’s 4th of July festival is an annual hometown fave for folks south of Seattle. This all-day celebration will feature a kids’ bike parade at noon, live entertainment, inflatable rides, a climbing wall, euro-bungy trampolines and a car show as well as food vendors, mini golf, an arts and craft area with over 50 artists, food concessions and more. July 4 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Kirkland Downtown Association

9. Celebrate Kirkland

Join in the fun at Kirkland’s Annual 4th of July celebration at Marina Park. The full-day of festivities will include a "decorate to celebrate" event for kids at Marina Park Pavilion followed by a children's walking parade and an old-fashioned downtown parade. Other activities include live music, vendors and of course, a fantastic fireworks display over Marina Park. Note: Decorating of kids' bikes, hat making and face painting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Marina Park Pavilion; the Kids Walking Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the old-fashioned downtown parade at noon. Pets are welcome and encouraged, so put a red, white and blue collar on Fido. July 4 from 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Event details. 

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

10. Issaquah's Down Home 4th of July & Heritage Day

Take the fam to Issaquah’s annual Independence Day celebration for tons of family fun! This old-fashioned 4th of July celebration will start off with a Kids 'n Pets Parade. From Labradors to llamas, favorite pets accompany costumed kiddies on decorated floats, bikes, scooters and wagons down Front St. to Veterans' Memorial Field. Once there, try your hand at old-fashioned games, activities and races and take in live music and a show with the Reptile Man. July 4 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Pexels

12. Bothell Fourth of July Freedom Festival

Start your day off with a filling (and free!) pancake breakfast at the Bothell Downtown Firehouse and then watch the Children’s Parade and Grand Parade along Main St. in Bothell. Cap your day off with a stop at the Food Truck Festival at the Northshore Senior Center. Psst! Be sure to wear your red, white and blue garb and bring along your American flag to wave! July 4 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: West Seattle 4th of July Kids' Parade

13. West Seattle 4th of July Kids' Parade

Also known to locals as the "Admiral Kiddie Parade," the West Seattle 4th of July Kids' Parade is not your classic “floats and marching bands” type of parade; hundreds of kids and their families come from all over to walk and ride (bicycles, scooters, strollers, wagons...you name it) the route through residential streets in North Admiral to Hamilton Viewpoint Park. After the parade, families can participate in old-fashioned games (think: 3-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races) and enjoy concession stands. No need to worry about registering for this parade–just show up and participate! July 4 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Event details.  

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: City of Renton

14. Renton's 4th of July Celebration 

With awesome Kid's Zone activities (think: face painting, inflatables, games), plenty of live entertainment, yummy concessions, the Annual Sand Blast Volleyball Tournament and a spectacular fireworks show, Renton’s 4th of July Celebration at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is one not to miss. Be sure to pack the kids' swimsuits, so they can cool off in the waters of Lake Washington and be sure to hit the awesome playground (to get the wiggles out) before settling in for the fireworks show at 10 p.m. July 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

15. Fireworks Over Des Moines

Take your crew to the Des Moines Marina to celebrate Independence Day. There will be a beer and wine garden and live entertainment for Mom and Dad, plus tons of activities for the kiddies (think: bounce houses, mazes, a bungy run, climbing wall, mini golf, obstacle course) along with a spectacular fireworks show at 10:20 p.m. July 4 from noon-11 p.m. Event details. 

2020 update: event cancelled.

photo: Frank Mckenna via Unsplash

16. Family Fourth of July at Angle Lake Park

Gather your family and friends and celebrate Independence Day at Angle Lake Park. This Family Fourth event will offer the spray park and lake for kids to cool off in, plus bouncers, an afternoon of live music and a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. July 4 from 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Event details.

2020 update: event cancelled.

—Kristina Moy


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