Fourth of July celebrations offer something different for everyone

Seattle, June 5, 2006: With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday this year, many families may choose to stay close to home for celebrating. Luckily, there are many local, free and spectacular celebrations throughout Seattle Southside to choose from, including Family Fourth at the Fort in Tukwila, Kent’s Fourth of July Splash, Fireworks Over Des Moines, and Family Days in Burien.

Commencing with Tukwila Days, a week long community festival of events, Family Fourth at Fort Dent Park offers a comprehensive family celebration with kid’s activities including miniature golf and a climbing wall, picnic areas and food vendors. From 4 to 11 pm, the park is open for family fun building up to the exciting fireworks show that starts at 10 pm. The Family Fourth is put on by the Tukwila Parks and Recreation Department.

Further south in Kent, the annual Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian infuses tradition and entertainment into the festivities that go from noon to 10:30 pm. The Splash is free to attend and includes an all out festival with a car show, old fashioned games, pie eating contest, boat races, dragon boat rides and the annual Lake Meridian Boat Parade. At 9 pm, the Rainier Symphony will be performing and continue to play a choreographed performance with a large fireworks display capping off the evening.

For a change of scenery, Fireworks Over Des Moines offers an impressive fireworks show launched off of the Des Moines Marina into the sky over the Puget Sound waters. Attendees can easily bring a blanket and perch upon the grass at the adjacent Des Moines Beach Park for the best view. There will be musical entertainment and kid’s activities leading up to the show which starts at 10 pm.

For good old fashioned fun, check out the Family Days Celebration in Burien. Starting with a bike race in the morning, inflatable games for kids, craft and food booths throughout the day and a parade at 3 pm, this Fourth of July celebration is a must see. The parade includes old fashioned cars, local dignitaries, floats, marching bands and drill teams and much more. This celebration can be found at SW 152nd Street and 6th SW in downtown Burien.

For more information about any of these holiday events, please visit the events calendar at or call 206-575-2489.