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Here’s our 2016 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, capped off with evening fireworks at 10PM! Lots of fun for the family including bouncy houses, slides, and entertainment.
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-10:30pm. Fireworks finale over Lake Meridian at 10PM. You’re encouraged to park at one of the off-site locations and take a shuttle bus. 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 festivities at Des Moines Beach Park, including food trucks, fireworks, and more family friendly fun
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 wristbands for additional rides and activities.
On site parking begins at 3pm, and the festival starts at 4pm. This year’s festival features international cultural performances, live blues, rock and dance music from Puget Sound artists, food and fun activities for the entire family, and Fireworks Display at 10:15 PM.
Come to downtown Enumclaw and enjoy the 4th of July parade from 12pm-1pm. The parade route includes Cole St.
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. 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. Enjoy family games plus strawberry treats. The Puyallup Valley Band plays at 3pm.
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 a day of fun, food, carnival rides, games, music, fireworks and more! However, they are aiming for a smaller scale event open to their JBLM families this year, so this one is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR 2016.
Full day of activities beginning with a pancake breakfast and parade. Kids’ activities follow at Clocktower park; fireworks at dusk at Patriot’s Landing.
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! Note from SFM: I cannot find updated info. for 2016, but this is an annual event, so I’m reasonably sure it’s going on. You may want to call.
Eatonville does a fireworks display and other fun on the evening of the 3rd, with a parade and more on the 4th at noon.
City of Tumwater hosts an afternoon parade, followed by fun and activities at the golf course, with a fireworks finale at 10:15. Admission is free; parking at the course is $10/car.
No organized displays that I know about, but try to get yourself invited to a party overlooking a small 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.