The 4th of July is with us again, bringing us celebration after celebration. Events in Kirkland Washington and Bellevue Washington are set to go off with a bang; two very different cities hold their own unique events.
Kirkland is a small city that sits around the beautiful Lake Washington. With its charming marina, great summer beach life and interesting arty shops, it is a great place to hold fun and exciting community celebrations for everybody.
10.00am. The Kirkland Arts Center and Celebrate Kirkland will host a ‘Decorate to Celebrate’ event for children at the Marina Park Pavilion. Kids will have fun decorating tattoos, pinwheels and flags. There is no cost for this event.
11.30am. The childrens parade begins. Be sure to dress your bikes, scooters, dogs, parents, in red white and blue, and walk/ride in this great parade which begins just as Market Street meets Central Way, right by Heritage Park.
12.00pm. The big parade begins right by Market Street and Central Way, right by Heritage Park. This is a great treat to watch; the Brownies/Cubs, Girl/Boy Scouts have their banners and walk proudly down the street, cheerleaders dance their way through the crowds, companies decorate vehicles with all kinds of colors and sparkles, War Veterans march, theater companies act, sports enthusiasts wave to the crowd, not to mention the ‘candy race,’ where children rush to get sweet gifts thrown to them by parade participants. Great fun to be had by all.
1.00pm-5.00pm. (tentative) Bring a picnic to Marina Park and enjoy being with friends and neighbors. There will be food vendors if you get extra hungry.
4.00pm. (tentative) Rotary Duck Dash, and don’t forget to place your bets.
9.00pm. (tentative) live music in the pavilion at Marina Park.
10.15pm. Great firework display off of the lake by Marina Park.
Bellevue is a growing city. Its tall awe inspiring view can be seen from miles away, it is fast becoming the mini version of Seattle. With great shopping and fun nightlife, it is an added bonus to visitors who wish for the peaceful side of Kirkland mingled with the busier side of Bellevue.
Downtown Bellevue, main stage.
2.00pm. Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone opens. (free fun entertainment, for children and adults, plus inflatables,rides, Mini Mountain climbing wall. Climbing wall and rides at a cost of $1.00 to $5.00.)
3.30pm and 5.30pm. Performances on the main stage.
7.30pm. Dance music from the 1970s.
8.40pm. Presentation from the Bellevue Fire and Police Department Honor Guard.
8.55pm. ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’
10.05pm. Firework Display.
Free parking is available in Bellevue Square after 6.pm.