Saturday, June 30, 2007

Snohomish County Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day is just a few days away. Below are just a few of the place you can enjoy fireworks displays, as well as parades, music, games, and family entertainment.

Edmonds Kind of 4th

This all-day event in downtown Edmonds, now celebrating its 100th year, gets started with a 5K Fun Run, then continue with the Children's Parade at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Fifth & Walnut; at noon the main parade commences at 6th Ave. between Main & Dayton. In City Park the Edmonds Fire Department sets up for its annual waterball competition.

Bring a picnic, throw out a blanket or take a seat in the Civic Stadium grandstand at 7:30 p.m. for live music and other celebratory activities. Food and beverage vendors as well as novelty vendors will be present in the stadium. Then at nightfall (approximately 10 p.m.), the celebration culminates with the annual fireworks display.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 425-776-6711 or visit www.edmondswa.com/ Events/4th.

Lynnwood Star Spangled CelebrationThe City of Lynnwood will present its annual 4th of July celebration on from 7 p.m. to 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the Lynnwood Athletic Complex, 3001-184th Street SW.

Activitiess leading up the fireworks include the Arts Celebration tent where children can flex their creative muscles from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and create one-of-a-kind patriotic arts projects. Families can also participate in the 3-legged and potato sack races.

Dessert and beverage booths are open from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring kettle corn, cotton candy, roasted nuts, espresso, and many other treats. Balloon artists, jugglers, clowns, face painters, and inflatables will be on hand, along with free entertainment throughout the evening with a special performance by Brothers from Different Mothers.

Performances at the Star Spangled Stage will feature the sounds of Show Brazil! and Johnny Conga & Sabor Tropical with vocalist Danny Olaizola, and the National Anthem performed by a Lynnwood High School student.

The 17-minute aerial fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. is choreographed to music and concludes the celebration. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Lynnwood Recreation Center at 425-771-4030 or visit www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us.

Mountlake Terrace Family Fourth of July

The City of Mountlake Terrace will be hosting a brand new family Fourth of July celebration at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Avenue W., beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. The event includes live music, children's entertainer Tim Noah, a DJ, vendors and a city-sponsored fireworks display at 10 p.m.

The professional fireworks display offers an opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July following a ban on personal fireworks last year. City police and volunteers will be patrolling neighborhoods throughout the evening to ensure personal fireworks are not being used.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, visit the City's website at www.cityofmlt.com.

Bothell 2007 Freedom Festival & Kenmore Fireworks

Independence Day in the city of Bothell begins a day early with the Patriot Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at the Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 NE 180th St., featuring Cheryl Arnold & Blue Mariah Band.

July 4 gets started with the annual Bothell Fire and EMS pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Bothell's Downtown Firehouse, 10726 Beardslee Blvd. At 11:15 a.m. The Children's Parade starts at 104th & Main St. and winds its way to the intersection of NE 188th St. & SR 527. At noon the Grand Parade follows the same route.

Inflatable rides for children, Bothell Historical Museum tours, and a concert with The Seachordsmen begin at 1 p.m.; a re-enactment of the Battle of Concord takes place at 2 p.m., all in the park at Bothell Landing. All events are free.

The city of Bothell has coordinated with the city of Kenmore to present a fireworks display over Lake Washington at 10 p.m. at Kenmore's Log Boom Park, off Bothell Way at 60th Pl. NE. For more information call 425-486-7430 ext. 4422 or visit www.ci.bothell.wa.us.

Everett's All-American Fourth

Everett celebrates Independence Day with a number of events (some free, some requiring admission fees), beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the 8th annual pancake breakfast at the Flying Pig Brewing Company. Also at 7:30 a.m., the Everett Family YMCA's Yankee Doodle Dash includes a 5K and 10K fun run and a one-mile family fun run. From 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. the Comcast Community Ice Rink at the Everett Events Center hosts "Fire on Ice," ice skating for all ages.

At 11 a.m. the Everett Jaycee's Festival Parade starts at 26th Street and Colby Ave. From noon to 3 p.m. the Fun in the Sun Street Fair on Wetmore Ave. between Pacific & 32nd features family entertainment and games. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. the Family Freedom Festival at Naval Station Everett offers entertainment, music, crafts and exhibition softball game. Noon to 4 p.m. the Imagine Children's Museum will offer discounted admission and special patriotic themed activities.

At "dusk-ish," the Thunder on the Bay Fireworks Show can be viewed from the naval station, Grand Avenue, Harborview and Legion parks and the 10th Street Boat Launch on the Everett waterfront. For more information call 425-257-8700 or visit www.everettwa.org.

Seattle events

43nd annual 4th of Jul-Ivar's -- The all-day Independence Day festival at Myrtle Edwards Park may be gone, but the longest-running and largest privately sponsored fireworks extravaganza will still appear over Elliott Bay at dusk.

The fireworks display will last nearly a half hour and includes more than 5,500 shells ranging in size from three to 12 inches. The show will be simulcast to music on STAR 101.5 FM and broadcast live on KOMO TV 4.

Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union -- For the 18th year fireworks explode above the shores of Seattle's Gas Works Park, with the festivities kicking off at noon featuring family activities throughout the park grounds, food vendors catering to the most diverse palates, and a beer garden with a lake view. The evening programming begins at 10 p.m. and will be digitally timed to patriotic music and simulcast on KISS 106.1 FM, AM 1090, 96.5 JACK-FM and KZOK 102.5 FM. KING 5 television will be broadcasting the fireworks live beginning at 10 p.m.

Information has been provided by Enterprise Newspapers.

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