Fourth of July Guide for the South Sound

Whether it’s out on the water, at a community get-together, or with a backyard barbeque, the Fourth of July is a day to come together and honor our country’s birthday. Check below for how to celebrate America in the South Sound.

Emerald Downs Fireworks Spectacular

On July 3, the Emerald Downs will present their annual Fireworks Spectacular after the horse races. The fireworks start at 10:15 p.m., but gates open 30 minutes prior to the first race at 5 p.m.

Lacey’s Fireworks Spectacular & Freedom Fair

What could make fireworks even more exciting: How about seeing them in 3D? On July 3, for the first time ever Lacey’s Fireworks display can be seen in 3D through glasses available at various locations while supplies last (check locations online). The Freedom Fair opens at 4 p.m. with fireworks starting at 10.

Red, White, and Blues Festival

Celebrate America at Celebration Park with the Red, White, and Blues Festival on the Fourth of July. With games, food, and, of course, music, this is a party that’s got it all. The event begins at 4 p.m.

Tacoma Freedom Fair

To celebrate the Fourth of July, Ruston Way transforms into an all-out celebration with live music, food and drinks, a classic car show, kids park, and air show. Last year, 80,000 attended, making it the third largest Fourth of July event in the U.S. Stay to the end for the massive fireworks display.

4th of July Festival in Auburn

For $5 you can have endless fun on inflatable rides, bungee trampolines, mini golf, pony carousel rides, and more at Auburn’s Fourth of July Festival. The event will be held in Les Gove Park beginning at 11 a.m.

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.
  • 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- 3: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    July 4: 9 a.m. to midnight
  • Lakewood: Restricted
    July 3- 5: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Olympia: Banned
  • Orting: Restricted
    July 4: 9 a.m. to midnight
  • 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



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