You can find an Independence Day Celebration to suit every taste and budget in Eastern Washington. Whether you’re looking for a small town celebration or seeking to enjoy the day with 100,000 of your closest neighbors, you won’t have to travel far in Eastern Washington to celebrate our nation’s birth with friends and family.
Spokane: Riverfront Park presents Spokane’s 4th of July Independence Day Festival, the region’s largest Independence Day party. The celebration starts Tuesday evening, July 3rd with live music at the Lilac Bowl Stage, beginning with swing dance lessons at 6pm and music from Six Foot Swing at 7pm, and Wingspan and Jazz in Blue at 8:30pm.
The Riverfront Park celebration continues on Wednesday, July 4th with live music at both the Clocktower Stage and the Lilac Bowl Stage. There are food vendors and a children’s area all day. The celebration concludes with a spectacular fireworks display centered on the river in front of the INB Performing Arts Center, at 10pm.
Also in Spokane, the 4th of July Pennant Run sponsored by the Spokane Indians and Papa Murphy’s. A 5k Pennant Run around Avista Stadium and the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Finish on home plate! This patriotic event starts at 10am with a mad dash around the bases with the Little Sluggers Dash for kids ages 3 and under. Kids age 12 and under can join the fun with a 1K Kids Run around the warning track. All participants in the 1K Kids Run receive an event T-Shirt and a ticket to the Indians game that night. The 4th of July Pennant Run is a charity event that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. Awards will be given to the top finishers at the baseball game at 6:30pm on July 4.
See a minor league baseball game: Spokane Indians vs. Yakima Bears at Avista Stadium, 6:30 July 4th. The game will have a fireworks display at its conclusion. The Indians are an A-level affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Yakima Bears are a minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Looking for a small town Independence Day experience?
- Kinderfest and 4th of July in Leavenworth. This family oriented celebration includes games, face-painting, live music, arts and crafts, a giant slip ‘n slide and a kiddie bike parade. The fest takes place in the area around the Front Street Park Gazebo.
- Zillah’s 4th of July. Local and professional fireworks at Stewart Park in Zillah, beginning at sundown.
- Naches: a day filled with family events ending with a fireworks display at 9:45. Email the Naches Valley Chamber of Commerce for more information: email@example.com
- City of Prosser: a fun filled day including a car show, bingo, sack races, concessions and a kiddie parade. There will be live music by the Sevigny Sisters. At dusk (about 9:45) enjoy the city’s fireworks display.
- Yakima invites you to the State Fair Park for an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration including a pie-eating contest, children’s activities, live entertainment and a carnival. Admission and parking are free. A 20 minute long fireworks display is scheduled for 10pm. Come at noon and stay for the day.
- Pioneer Park in Walla Walla is the venue for their community wide Independence Day Celebration. There will be food booths, arts and crafts vendors, games for the whole family and it will end with a fireworks show.
- The 4th of July celebration in Pullman begins at 5pm on Wednesday. There will be food booths and live entertainment all evening. Enjoy games for the whole family. The festivities conclude with a fireworks display.
- Wenatchee is celebrating the 4th at Walla Walla Point Park with food booths beginning at noon. There will be live music, kids inflatables and a fireworks show on the river at 10:15.
Want to do something completely different with your family this 4th? Osprey Rafting out of Leavenworth is offering a 4th of July Fireworks Float. This five hour float trip begins with a relaxed riverside meal of hamburgers and ends after floating down the Wenatchee River to the best seat in the house for the fireworks display at Walla Walla Point. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
How about you? How do you celebrate Independence Day? What are your favorite memories of celebrating the 4th of July? How does your small town celebrate this holiday? Leave me a comment and next year I’ll include your hometown festival.