4th of July Fireworks around the Puget Sound

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 1, 2016

Who’s ready for the long weekend, some grilled goodness, and fireworks? The 4th of July is less than a week away, and we couldn’t be more ready for it! This year, our stores will be open 9 am – 6pm, and you’ll get 50% off all clothes and furniture (excluding blue, orange, yellow, and black tags, and outlet stores)—and blue tagged items will be $1.79. So before the fireworks start, swing by for some excellent deals—and maybe a blanket, a picnic basket, and some red, white, and blue apparel to celebrate the day with.

Not sure where to watch a fireworks display? Here’s a list of firework displays in our region—all events are free to attend.

Seattle has one major fireworks display each year that can be seen from a number of places throughout the city. Seafair Summer Fourth actually starts at noon at Gas Works Park with live music, food vendors,  beer gardens, and more. Admission is free. The fireworks will start around 10:20pm, and can be seen from just about anywhere with a view of Lake Union.

Some other popular viewing points include: Lake Union Park, and on Capitol Hill along Melrose Ave E, on the Lakeview Blvd E overpass, and Harvard Ave E, and numerous spots on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop—including some lakefront street ends and pocket parks like Terry Pettus Park. (Tip: Seattle DOT closes the Aurora Bridge during the fireworks, so don’t plan on watching from there!) 

If you’re planning on watching from Capitol Hill, check out their 4th of July Picnic!

Bellevue: The Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th is an Eastside tradition—this is the 25th year! It takes place at the Bellevue Downtown park, and features entertainment, family-friendly fun, a fireworks show at 10:05 pm, and music from the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Kirkland: 2016 Kirkland Washington July 4th Celebration starts at 10am, with a parade at 12 pm, and fireworks at 10:15 pm. You’ll be able to see this fireworks display from most of Kirkland’s downtown waterfront parks.

Renton: Renton’s 2016 Fabulous 4th of July kicks off at noon, with fireworks at 10 pm, at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. There will be free KidZone activities, entertainment, and food vendors.

Kent:  The 4th of July Splash celebration will include bouncy houses for kids, pie eating contests, local bands, food, and a fireworks display at 10 pm! Check out the event website for parking and shuttle instructions.

SeaTac: The City of SeaTac Independence Day Celebration at Angle Lake Park will have loads of family fun—including a water spray park! There will be bouncers for kids ($5/child for a wristband), a full day of entertainment on stage, and a fireworks show at 10 pm. Be sure to check out their parking details on the site!

Poulsbo: Busy on the 4th? Don’t miss out on fireworks! Poulsbo celebrates on the 3rd of July with Fireworks on the Fjord. Head down early to participate in (or observe) eating contests, check out vendor booths, and enjoy the Bremerton Symphony before fireworks start at dusk.

Bainbridge Island: Grand Old 4th starts with a pancake breakfast, and includes a street fair, a classic car show, entertainment, food, a beer garden, a parade (1 pm) and more! Fireworks go off over Eagle Harbor at dusk.

Edmonds: An Edmonds Kind of 4th kicks off at 10 am with a 5K, followed by a children’s parade and their main parade at noon. There will be entertainment, food, and a beard and mustache contest! Fireworks light up at 10 pm in Edmonds.

Everett: The celebration is spread across town during the day with events starting with a parade at 11 am. The Thunder on the Bay Fireworks display takes place over Port Gardner Bay at 10:20 pm—it can be seen from Legion Memorial Park and Grand Avenue Park.

La Conner: The Hometown 4th of July Celebration will feature a parade at noon, followed by a family picnic. There will be live music, and a fireworks display.

Anacortes: The July 4th Celebration – Town Photo and Parade actually kick off at 5:30 pm on July 3. On the 4th, there will be a town photo at 10 am, followed by a day of activities including a parade, and will wrap up with Rock The Dock and fireworks at dusk!

Mount Vernon: The Mount Vernon Fabulous 4th of July is an evening celebration, starting at 7pm with food and music, and fireworks at dark.

Bellingham: Join the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration at Zuanich Point Park & Squalicum Boathouse. Festivities begin at 9am, include a basketball tournament, olde time games, vendor booths, a beer garden, live music, and a fireworks show at 10:30pm.

Blaine: Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration is packed with things to do—a pancake breakfast, car show, street fair, parade, live music, and more—all culminating with a fireworks display at 10:15 pm at Blaine Marine Park. Scroll down on their events page to find 4th of July details.

Find a Goodwill store near you to get all you need for your 4th of July outings! 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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