8 things to try this 4th of July
Break away from your usual Fourth of July celebration with one of these family-friendly activities around Western Washington:
Bainbridge’s “Best Small Town Parade in America”
The mile long show begins at 1 p.m. sharp and is attended by thousands. Seeing as last year’s annual Buxton-Ellis Most Humorous Parade Entry Award was Blackbird Bakery’s wheelbarrow pie displays, you won’t want to miss this year’s spirited award winner. A car show, 5k fun run, “Young Artisan Marketplace” for local youth entrepreneurs and fireworks will round out the festivities.
Take a Hike
Why enjoy one fireworks show when you can watch several from one vantage point? On Mount Townsend, you can simultaneously watch displays from Seattle, Sequim, and Port Angeles. Mt. Pilchuck is another amazing option; shows from the San Juan Islands, the Olympics, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and Seattle are all visible from its summit.
Tacoma’s Freedom Festival
With a spectacular two hour airshow and an outdoor music festival featuring performances in every genre, Tacoma’s Freedom Festival will not be one to miss. The Fourth of July event will also host an impressive pole vault competition, car show, plenty of food vendors, BMX bike show and an international marketplace.
Experience the Loggerodeo™ and Sedro-Woolley Rodeo
Sedro-Woolley’s annual Loggerodeo™ is only an hour drive from Seattle, and includes an outstanding chainsaw carving championship, live music, firefighter competition, foot race and a wide selection of amusement park rides. The Sedro-Woolley pro rodeo is also going on, so stop by the rodeo grounds to make the most of your day. The variety and excitement of this small town’s Fourth of July festival will be hard to beat.
Go to New Heights
If you want to experience a tip-top view without the pains of hiking, take a drive to Hurricane Ridge Tunnel Lookout and witness the flurry of fireworks below. The lookout by the tunnels on Heart O’ the Hills road at Hurricane Ridge deliver spectacular views of Bellingham, Everett, Whidbey Island and along the Straight of Juan de Fuca.
Explore the Quirks of Issaquah
Downtown Issaquah is host to a variety of unique Fourth activities; an amateur beauty contest, pet and kids parade, pie eating contest, and slug speed race are sure to entertain. The city notes that you must bring your own pet slug.
Head to Vashon Island
Less than 90 minutes from Seattle, Quartermaster Harbor puts on a beautiful fireworks display with enough elbow room to go around. Vashon Island is also home to picturesque beaches, restaurants and shops rooted in historic buildings, and many art galleries and studios from the local, artistic population, so take your time to explore all Vashon has to offer.
Pick Your Spot in Kirkland
Fireworks in Marina Park will be displayed from a barge, meaning viewing is possible from any downtown waterfront park and Heritage Park. Enjoy the show starting at 10:15 p.m. from the spot of your choice!