Man wearing patriotic dress.

In the years following America’s Declaration of Independence, the first observances began to appear in a number of towns, featuring fireworks and a few other festive events.  In time, though, the popularity of Independence Day grew into a nationwide celebration – a day to spend time with family and friends attending community picnics, parades, festivals, live music, military presentations, contests, fireworks and much more.  Of course, living in Western Washington means you have a wide selection of family-friendly events from which to choose, including the list I’ve compiled below.  Make your plans today!

NOTE: Please visit the individual event website for times and locations.

BAINBRIDGE – 50th Grand Old 4th of July

Website: http://grandold4th.com/

BELLEVUE – Bellevue Family 4th

Website: http://www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/family-4th/overview

BELLEVUE – Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk

Website: http://www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/four-on-the-4th/overview

DES MOINES – Fireworks Over Des Moines
Fireworks

Website: https://www.destinationdesmoines.org/fireworks-over-des-moines

EDMONDS – An Edmonds Kind of 4th

Website: http://www.edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html

EVERETT – Stars & Stripes Foreverett

Website: https://everettwa.gov/790/Fourth-of-July

FEDERAL WAY – Red White and Blues Festival

Website: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/page/red-white-and-blues-festival

KENT – Fourth of July Splash

Website: http://www.kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/events/fourth-of-july-splash

KIRKLAND – Celebrate Kirkland

People holding sparklers

Website: http://celebratekirkland.org/fireworks.htm

LAKEWOOD –  Freedomfest

Website: http://www.jblmmwr.com/freedomfest/

NEWCASTLE – 4th at the lake

Website: http://newcastlewa.gov/workspaces/one.aspx?objectid=7520904

RENTON – 4th of July in Renton

Website: http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=5920

SEATAC – Family Fourth of July

Website: http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/government/city-departments/parks-community-programs-services/special-events/family-fourth-of-july

SEATTLE – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer 4th

Website: https://www.trainmuseum.org/index.php/visit-us/regular-trainsfireworks

SEATTLE – Fourth of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Website: https://waterwayscruises.com/Fourth-of-July-Fireworks-Dinner-Cruise

TACOMA – Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

Website: http://www.freedomfair.com/

TUKWILA – Family 4th at the Fort

Website: http://www.tukwilawa.gov/event/family-4th-at-the-fort/