While some of our largest Fourth of July festivals are still on hold or scaled back this year, there’s still lots to do. Here are a handful of live events (including parades!), plus a virtual fan favorite. Have a happy (and safe!) 4th!
Head over to Bainbridge Island for the annual Grand Old 4th: “Pandemic Edition.” Watch a classic car parade, partake in a virtual fun run, picnic in a park, and visit the Bainbridge Island General Store to pick up an island-made holiday basket. July 4 / 395 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island / FREE
Head to Edmonds to watch their biggest fireworks show yet. Also happening: the Beat Brackett 5K race (8 a.m.) and the Main Parade (noon). The fireworks start at 10 p.m. at Civic Field. BYOB (Bring Your Own Blankets). There will be a handful of vendors selling hot dogs, ice cream, and light-up souvenirs. July 4 / Civic Field, Edmonds / FREE
A unique “drive-in” experience this year. Purchase one ticket for the whole car, and receive your own tailgate space to enjoy a spectacular air show! Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, and watch the impressive lineup of military and civilian aircrafts swoop overhead. Buy tickets in advance online to ensure availability, and to enjoy the early-bird discount! July 3 & 4 / Tacoma Narrows Airport / $100-$190 per car
Freedom Fair is cancelled this year, but you can still enjoy a free air show in Tacoma! The aircraft from Wings and Wheels will fly over Commencement Bay on July 3rd and 4th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Bring your own food and drinks to enjoy along the Ruston Way waterfront (there will be no vendors). If you really want to avoid the crowds and have a better view, we recommend buying tickets in advance for Wings and Wheels at Gig Harbor (see above). July 3 & 4 / Ruston Way waterfront, Tacoma / FREE
The Everett YMCA’s annual Fourth of July 5k run “Yankee Doodle Dash” is back with an all new route, starting at 8 a.m. Then head to the Delta Neighborhood for festivities at Jackson Park from 10 a.m. Decorate your car or bikes and participate in the parade, starting from Jackson park at 11 a.m. Food trucks and live music will kick off a neighborhood picnic after the parade. Then at 3 p.m., head to Everett’s Legion Memorial Park for more festivities and grab a prime seat for the “Thunder on the Bay” fireworks show. Live music, adult beverages, food trucks and kid-friendly entertainment. The 22-minute firework show is set to launch over Port Gardner Bay at dark. July 4 / Various Everett locations / FREE
The Carnation 4th of July Celebration is back. Celebrate with a 5K “Run for the Pies and Pints” race at 8:30a.m., then enjoy a parade, food and live music! Parade starts at 11a.m., followed by live music at the Tolt Commons. Concert tickets music are $10 (under 2 years free) and available online. July 4 / 31957 E Commercial St, Carmation / FREE; $10 for concert
Fireworks will go off at approximately 10:05 p.m. from the Downtown Bellevue area and last for 15-17 minutes. Bellevue Downtown Park will be open as a viewing area for the fireworks. There will also be a livestream available to watch from home. Free parking available at The Bellevue Collection garages after 7 p.m. on July 4. Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St / FREE
Participate in the 3rd Annual Firecracker 5K and Kids Sparkler Dash on the beautiful Riverwalk Trail in Puyallup! Celebrate Independence Day with this fun family event by registering in advance (no same-day registration). Event starts at 9:30a.m. July 4 / VanLierop Park, Puyallup / $25 kids; $45 adults
One of the Northwest’s most beloved summer traditions is virtual again this year. Catch the Seafair Summer 4th on KING5, July 4th at 10p.m. It will include fireworks shows over Lake Union from years’ past, plus a look ahead to what Seafair has to offer this summer and next.