Rain or shine, July 4th brings a plethora of red, white and blue festivities to the Emerald City. From all-day Independence Day celebrations, to spectacular fireworks shows, concerts and parades, we’ve rounded up something for everyone from Bellevue to Tacoma and all stops in between. Scroll down to see where to catch all the star-spangled action this Fourth of July.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.


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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

—Kristina Moy


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