Here’s our 2017 round up of family friendly places to take the kids to see fireworks or enjoy other old-fashioned fun on the 4th of July around here. Most big South Sound celebrations include fun and free things to do with the kids during the day on the 4th as well as fireworks shows if you’re going to stay up that late. If you appreciate this guide, we would LOVE it if you shared it.
This is an all day event, the park opens to the public at 9am and event activities go from 4pm to 10pm! Lots of fun for the family including bouncy houses, slides, and entertainment. Parking is limited so be sure to get there early!
Enjoy free KidZone activities including Orbitron Spin, Giant Inflatable Slide, Obstacle Course, Ball Pond, and face-painting from 12pm-8pm. Professional fireworks display at 10pm. Many other activities!
Enjoy a variety of games, family activities and art projects from 12pm-5pm. Fireworks finale over Lake Meridian at 10PM. You’re encouraged to park at one of the off-site locations and take a shuttle bus as parking at Lake Meridian will be by permit only. If you haven’t been to Lake Meridian before, check out our full review of this awesome park. It’s also on our list of Great Lakes for Swimming in the South Sound.
All day the Fishing Pier will be closed for public use and at 5pm the food trucks open for business. The fireworks begin at 10:20pm! Please sure to check out the list of no’s for the festival.
This event runs from 11am-4pm. Free activities include the kids’ bike parade at noon, bocce, White River Valley Museum entry, face painting, spray park, the Discovery Playground and a 5 & Under Indoor Playground. You can also purchase $5 wristbands for additional rides and activities.
The event starts at 4:00pm, but parking is free so it’s recommended to get there early. This year’s festival features musical entertainment, food vendors, face painting, inflatables, and more! The fireworks display begins at 10:15pm.
Come to downtown Enumclaw and enjoy the 4th of July parade from 12pm-1:30pm. The parade route includes Cole St, from Battersby to Monroe.
Last year’s info, 2017 not yet released, but keep an eye out for updates! Enjoy the 4th of July watching the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Display at Southwood Elementary Soccer Fields. Fireworks will start at 9:45.
There are no public fireworks displays scheduled in Puyallup this year so far. But, you can always look up from wherever you are in Puyallup and see what your friends and neighbors are doing! You can enjoy daytime fun at the Meeker Mansion downtown (see below).
Family Social & Puyallup Community Band Concert on the 4th from 2pm-5pm (concert begins at 3pm). Enjoy family games plus strawberry treats!
Freedom Fair has only announced the location and time for 2017 and details for the Wings and Wheels show. The following information is from 2016, but keep an eye out for updates! I do think you can assume most of this will be the same.
Spend the day at Ruston Way for Freedom Fair, featuring 4th of July activities, airshows, great food, vendors, exhibits, rides, and events. Northwest’s biggest firework show over Puget Sound at 10:10pm. We strongly suggest you utilize the free shuttle rather than trying to find a place to park.
Freedom Fest offers entertainment for the whole family! This event is split into two days. The first day is Monday, July 3, 12pm-7pm and is only open to DOD ID Cardholders and their sponsored guests. The second day is July 4, 11am-10:30pm and is open to the public!
This event has not yet released its information for 2017, but keep an eye out for updates! Full day of activities beginning with a pancake breakfast and parade. Kids’ activities follow at Clocktower park; fireworks at dusk at Patriot’s Landing.
This event has not yet released its information for 2017, but keep an eye out for updates! Lafayette Street open to the public for the day-long July 4th Celebration beginning at 9am and culminating in fireworks. Come join in the fun!
Eatonville starts the family fun early on the 3rd! The festivities begin on the 3rd at 5pm at Eatonville Elementary School with food, vendors, and entertainment. The fireworks display starts at dusk! Then on the 4th the parade begins at noon!
City of Tumwater hosts its annual parade beginning at 11am! The pre-parade activities begin at 10:45am. Later that night after the parade the Thunder Valley Fireworks show kicks off! The event gates open at 6:00pm and the fireworks show begins at 10:15pm. The event is free, but parking is $10/car.
No organized displays that I know about, but (pro tip from someone who grew up there…..) try to get yourself invited to a party overlooking a smallish bay or other body of water, and you should have a good show!
Drawing crowds of 60,000 or more, the show is visible to Bremerton, the Naval Shipyard, and Port Orchard areas. Show begins at 10:30pm.
So many options! Which one will you and your family choose? Whatever you do, stay safe and have fun celebrating freedom! After all of that, be sure to check out more summer fun in our guide.