Ultimate Fourth of July Guide

Fourth of July celebrations at home and across the southern Puget Sound region.

Event Guide

Fireworks, parades, picnics, or fun and games; however you decide to celebrate our country’s birthday, we’ve got the scoop on Fourth of July events across south Puget Sound.

Emerald Downs Fireworks Spectacular
The annual Emerald Downs fireworks are back again this year on July 3 and presented by Carl’s Jr. Come early for a day at the races with movies in the park and live music, then stay to see the fireworks at 10 p.m. emeralddowns.com

Lacey’s Fireworks Spectacular & Freedom Fair
Head to Rainier Vista Community Park from 4-11 p.m. on July 3 for live music, bites, and a fireworks show that begins at 10 p.m. laceydays.org

Red, White, and Blues Festival
Federal Way’s community event at Celebration Park brings together games, art, music, and, of course, fireworks! Gates open at 3 p.m. Admission is free. visitfw.org

Tacoma Freedom Fair
Ruston Way transforms into panoply of patriotism for the Fourth of July. See fireworks and planes soar overhead. U-S-A! U-S-A! freedomfair.com

4th of July Festival in Auburn
Les Gove Park will feature arts and crafts, food, train rides, a rock wall, and bouncy houses galore from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wristbands for $5 cover all of the activities. And there will be a kids’ bike parade at noon. auburnwa.gov

 

Firework Safety

Before you light your Fourth of July off with a bang, there are a few things you should know.

  • The sale of legal fireworks on tribal lands is commonplace in our region due to the sovereign nature of the lands. Tribes that are federally recognized possess the authority to govern activities on their land without state government control, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • Many Eastside cities and municipalities restrict the detonation of fireworks, however safe denotation in designated light-off areas on tribal lands is permitted to customers. However, not all tribes have room for these areas. Confirm before you burn.
  • Those who live in areas that strictly ban the sale, possession, or detonation of fireworks should adhere to these restrictions — especially when bans carry a costly fine for infractions.
  • In addition to monetary consequences, fireworks also can cost the health and safety of friends and loved ones. In 2015, there were 241 injuries and 240 fires as a result of fireworks related emergency incidents in Washington state. Responsible users should keep a bucket of water and a charged hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Duds and spent casings should be wetted down and placed in a metal bin away from other combustible items. And legal fireworks should never be altered or “beefed up” in any way.
  • Don’t overestimate children around fireworks, keep fireworks, matches, and lighters out of reach. Detonate all fireworks so there are no leftovers to tempt young children, and under no circumstances should you let a child light a fuse.

Not sure if your city allows firework detonation? Here are some of the regulations concerning firework detonation around the southern Puget Sound region this year according to Washington State Fire Marshall’s Office.

  • Algona: Banned
  • Auburn: Restricted
    July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Bonney Lake: Restricted
    July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight
  • Fife: Follows state law
  • Gig Harbor: Restricted
    July 1 to 3, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight
  • Lakewood: Restricted
    July 3 to 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Olympia: Banned
  • Orting: Restricted
    July 4, 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Pacific: Restricted
    July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Puyallup: Restricted
    July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Ruston: Banned
  • Sumner: Restricted
    July 4, noon to midnight
  • Tacoma: Banned
  • University Place: Restricted
    July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight

Questions and concerns regarding the safe use of fireworks during the Independence Day season should be directed to the State Fire Marshal’s Fire Protection Bureau via phone at (360) 596-3913 or by email at fireworks@wsp.wa.gov.

 

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