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Say “Happy Birthday, America” with the annual Fourth of July festivities in downtown Kirkland.

The ultimate guide to Celebrate Kirkland's Fourth of July festivities

It’s time to paint the town red, white, and blue! This year, say “Happy Birthday, America” with the annual Fourth of July festivities in downtown Kirkland.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. at Marina Park Pavilion with a children’s decorating event, providing only the best stars and stripes tattoos, handheld flags, and activities for the whole family.

At 11:30 a.m., the Chick-Fil-A children’s walking parade begins, kicking off the way for the traditional downtown parade at noon (both parades start at Market and Central). The theme this year is “Celebrate Kirkland, United We Stand!” Contestants will be vying to win the Gold Cup, given to the best float. Ribbons will be given out to the best politician, the float with the best use of the theme, the float with the best music, the most-spirited animal, and the audience member with the best participation.

From 1 to 10:30 p.m., you can stop by Marina Park for delicious food, multiple vendors, or just to take advantage of the free concert at 5 p.m. And because it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without a fireworks display, find a spot at any of the downtown waterfront parks to see the sky light up in celebration of Lady Liberty.

A few stand-out vendors to look out for at Marina Park:

Froozer. The company that produces the freshest of frozen snacks will be passing out free samples. You can’t say no to freshly-harvested fruits picked at their peak of ripeness. It’s 100 percent whole fruitno sugar, juice, or concentrate added.

Granite Transformations. Have you been thinking about doing some home renovations? New countertops and backsplash? A spa-like bathroom? They are a residential and commercial remodeling franchise that offers one of the most durable countertop options available, with over 50 slab colors to choose from and thousands of counter and backsplash combinations available. Stop by and book a free in-home design consultation.

Champion Windows. Minor updates around the home can make a huge difference in your house’s comfort and beauty. Champion’s windows are an easy, cost-efficient way to enhance the beauty of your home’s exterior while lowering energy bills and increasing your property value. What’s even better? The staff will be making balloon animals at the Celebrate Kirkland event.

Celebrate America and all-things Kirkland on Wednesday, July 4 in downtown Kirkland. For more information, visit