Large events may be on hold due to COVID-19, but cities across the South Sound are finding ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here are some ways to enjoy the holiday while keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy.
Tacoma 3rd of July firework show
Baseball fans in Tacoma expect the tradition of the Cheney Stadium firework show every third of July. The show will still be presented this year, but with a virtual audience instead of an in-person one. You can live stream the show on the Tacoma Rainiers’ Facebook page.
If you’re looking to get outside to celebrate on Saturday, Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation, and Auburn’s Petpalooza are hosting a “4 on the 4th” program to encourage people to get exercise on the holiday. Sign up for the free event on the Facebook page and snap a photo to share of your four-mile walk, run, swim, bike, or hike. Those who enter their four miles will receive a participation certificate.
For those wanting to enjoy a firework show on the fourth, the Puyallup Fairgrounds have reimagined their annual Fourth of July show into a drive-in celebration. Food trucks, live-streamed music, and prizes to the best-decorated cars are all a part of this socially distant event, which will culminate in a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. in the Blue Lot of the fairgrounds.
Hangout online with the Port Angeles community as they celebrate the fourth with a live-streamed performance by Black Diamond Junction from 8-9:30 p.m. After the music, enjoy the fireworks show over Port Angeles Harbor. The Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to post pictures from your family celebrations on the Facebook event page.
The T-Town Family 4th festival, which annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Tacoma’s Ruston Way waterfront, has been postponed, however, rather than canceled. As of press time, a new date had yet to be finalized, with the festival working jointly with the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks to determine a time when current restrictions have been lifted and a large gathering is deemed safe.
If you’re thinking of including fireworks as part of your at home celebrations, find out about restrictions in Pierce County and other information regarding firework safety on the Washington State Patrol fireworks webpage. Below is a list of firework restrictions by city.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sumner-Restricted July 4, noon to midnight
- University Place-Restricted July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight