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Where to watch the 4th of July Fireworks

As “safe and sane” firework stands are becoming more scarce due to the many firework bans, and fireworks found on reservations becoming more hazardous (not to mention expensive) to light on your own, the idea of relaxing and watching a show run by the professionals seems like a better idea.

And today’s shows are bigger and better than ever. Of course, the biggest can be found around Lake Union, but there are plenty of other celebrations popping up all over the Puget Sound featuring parades, car shows, live music and more.

Feel free to mix and match as needed, just be sure to visit the websites below as information can change.

Ballinger Park

23000 Lakeview Drive
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

While it almost sounds sacrilegious, Mountlake Terrace will be offering their Independence Day event a day early, a practice that has been done for a few years now. “Hosted by the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation and their sponsors, the July 3 Fireworks Show allows residents and visitors the opportunity to view Independence Day fireworks and in most cases, not have to get up early to go to work the next day,” says the city. The event which includes live music, children’s games and food begins at 3 p.m. with the fireworks starting to pop at 10 p.m.

Gas Works Park

2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

South Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109

“One Lake. One Fireworks Display, Two Different Experiences” boasts Seafair’s annual show. Hosted by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the show has been voted as of the nation’s best fireworks according to USA Today and Business Insider and the city is offering two locations for best viewing.

The gates open at noon at Gas Works Park offering a variety of food vendors, live entertainment, exhibit booths, a beer garden, pie-eating contests, sack races and more. Admission is free, but if you want the low stress approach, reserved seating is available for purchase. Gates will open at 3 p.m. at Lake Union Park which is a 21+ location with reserved seating and an expansive beer garden. The fireworks show is set to go off at 10:15 p.m.

Freedom Fair

Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA

While Seattle enjoys USA Today accolades, the city of Tacoma says that their fireworks show is the largest 4th of July event in the state (and the third largest in the USA) expecting over 80,000 spectators this year. Celebrating its 40th year, this show takes place over Commencement Bay with seating locations all along the Ruston Way Waterfront. Here you’ll find multiple stages of music, an air show, military displays, a classic car show, the Funtastic Kids Park over 200 arts booths and food vendors. Just be sure you get there before the big show which begins at 10:10 p.m.


Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Presented by The Bellevue Collection, the Eastside’s largest Independence Day celebration is expected to bring in over 60,000 people to enjoy live music, kids’ activities, great food and more plus the big show synchronized to a performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. The fun begins as early at 9 a.m. with the fireworks show happening at 10:05 p.m.

Des Moines

Beach Park
22307 Dock Avenue, Des Moines, WA 98198

While the fishing pier will be closed all day for public use, other fun can be found with bounce houses, a fun house maze, a bungee run, obstacle course, a climbing wall, mini golf and more. The beer and wine garden opens at 1 p.m. ($10 entry fee which includes your first beverage) and the big booms begin at 10:20 p.m.


Marina Park
25 Lake Shore Plc, Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland will be hopping with activity beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a kids decorating event (for those planning to appear in the kids’ parade at 11 a.m. followed by the Old Fashioned Downtown Parade at noon. Then the party really gets started at 1 p.m. with a community picnic, live music and more. The fireworks will go off beginning at 10:15 p.m.


Civic Stadium
6th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020

Talk about your long traditions. Edmonds has been celebrating July 4th for 112 years! This year’s events include the Beat Brackett 5K, the Baby Brackett 1K, two parades, lots of food, live music and more with events happening all throughout the town. The grand fireworks presentation begins at 10 p.m.


Legion Park Bluff
145 Alverson Blvd. 98201

Enjoy Everett’s large “Colors of Freedom Parade” in downtown with bands, dance and drill teams, giant puppets, stilt walkers, clowns and more beginning at 11 a.m. and then head on over the festival happening at Legion Park beginning at 1 p.m. Here you’ll find lots of free kids’ activities, a food fair, beer garden and live music. You can even bring your own propane or charcoal barbecues to the park to host your own picnic. Then bundle up for the firework show at 10 p.m.


Marysville Pilchuck High School
5611 108th St NE, Marysville, WA 98271

There are a lot of “Don’t get burned. Fireworks are prohibited.” signs in the city of Marysville, but that doesn’t mean that the city isn’t into fun. This year, the city is presenting a family-friendly event at Marysville Pilchuck High School beginning at 7 p.m. with lawn games, various activities, snacks and desserts for sale and live music followed by the big show choreographed to music at 9:45 p.m.


Lake Meridian Park
14800 SE 272nd, Kent, WA 98042

Shuttles will be running every 20 minutes to and from Lake Meridian Park where fun times will be happening as early at noon with a variety of games, family activities, bouncy houses, the T-bird Puck and Shoot, giant Jenga, old-fashioned games, a pie-eating contest, food booths and more. The firework finale will end the day at 10 p.m.


100 Colonel Joe Jackson Blvd Ste 3086
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98438

Lakewood’s Freedom Fest events will take place at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums at 11 a.m. featuring fair food, the Classy Chassis Car Show, carnival rides, games, stage entertainment, Kids’ World magic, games and kids’ stage acts, sponsor booth giveaways, roving entertainers and more. The fireworks display will start at approximately 10 p.m. (Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM-Lewis Main via the DuPont Gate. All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection.)


Lake Boren Park
13058 SE 84th Way, Newcastle, WA 98056

Celebrate with food, fun, music and pyrotechnic displays beginning at 6 p.m. at Lake Boren Park. City officials recommending coming early and marking your spot with a blanket and lawn chairs. Fireworks will go off at 10 p.m.


Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton, WA 98057

Renton is promising an array entertaining options including two activity zones for kids and families, co-ed grass & sand volleyball tournament, live stage entertainment not to mention the company of friends and family followed by a 25-minute firework display in unison with the tunes of legendary Seattle bands over Lake Washington beginning at 10 p.m.


Angle Lake Park
19408 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188

Providing that the weather’s right, you won’t find a more refreshing spot to play before the big show. The water spray park at Angle Lake Park features numerous spray nozzles for kids to run through and play in including the Mega Soaker, a 55 gallon container that fills with water and spills over onto the surface and anybody in the way every few minutes. Swimming will also be available at Angle Lake Park with lifeguards on duty until 8:30 p.m. Other activities for the day include a variety of bouncy house activities ($5 per child for hours of fun) and live music beginning at 1 p.m. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m. (The boat launch will not be available.)


Tumwater Valley Golf
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Held at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course and Driving Range, the Artesian Family Festival begins at 6 p.m. with music, food, games and more with the Thunder Valley Fireworks Show happening at 10:15 p.m. The event is free but parking is $10 per car. Prohibited items: NO pets, alcohol, or personal fireworks are allowed in the festival. (Note: No alcohol or pets are allowed during this festival)