Archive for July, 2010

Tips for enjoying the Eastside’s largest Independence Day celebration

The countdown is on for the 19th Annual Symetra Bellevue Family 4th.  The forecast is looking good, so producers of the event expect a big crowd with some 60,000 people filling the 20-acre expanse of Bellevue Downtown Park.  We’d like to share a few last-minute tips for enjoying the Eastside’s Largest Independence Day Celebration.

Arrive early to find your ideal viewing spot.  Some event-goers show up early in the morning.  The festivities, food and refreshments open at 2 p.m. with the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone (inflatables, bouncy rides, games) and the food court in the south parking lot.  Live music will play throughout the afternoon, leading up to the Honor Guard and National Anthem (performed by four Bellevue High School students). 

The fireworks will launch from the top of the Bellevue Square parking garage (looking north across the street from the park) around 10:05 p.m.  Kaci Aitchison from Q13 FOX will lead the countdown.  The 60-piece Bellevue Philharmonic will accompany the fireworks and also play a pre-fireworks concert at 9:30 p.m.

Be patient on arrival and exit.  The Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, Bellevue Place) provides free parking for the event after 6 p.m.  It may take several minutes to clear the lots after the show.  Free parking is also available in the visitor’s lot at Bellevue City Hall. If driving to the event, carpooling is highly recommended.  Get full directions online at bellevuedowntown.org.

The impressive C-17 flyover from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will happen around 4:40 p.m.

Bring a jacket or sweatshirt as it will get cooler in the evening.

Bring a flashlight for safety when the show is over.

Alcohol is not allowed on park property.

Parents: as a precaution for any large event, consider placing a note with your name and cell phone number in your child’s pockets just in case you get separated.  The information booth is located in the middle of the park. The Bellevue Police Department is on-site for public safety and to assist on non-emergencies.  Call 911 for emergencies.

Some of Bellevue’s downtown streets will be closed Sunday evening to accommodate event traffic. The street closures will start at 9:30 p.m. and will reopen at 10:05 p.m. Link to an article posted on the Seattle Times Bellevue Blog to learn more.

Two days and counting!

We’re officially two days out from the Eastside’s largest, most spectacular Independence Day celebration – the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th! To get you in a patriotic spirit, we’ve posted photos from past Bellevue Family 4th events below. And be sure to check out Sunday’s afternoon lineup of kids activities, picnic games, Main Stage entertainment, C-17 flyover and more! You won’t want to miss out on all the 4th of July fun!

2:00 p.m. — Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone and Food Court opens. An array of kids’ activities, including carnival bouncers, slides, a mountain climbing wall, jugglers, stilt walkers, mascot characters, storytellers and face painting for ages 3 and up.

3:00 p.m. — Symetra Community Spotlight Pavilion opens. Representatives from the American Cancer Society, Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, Look, Listen and Learn, YMCA of Greater Seattle, Senior Services, and the Pacific Science Center will showcase local non-profit programs and connect guests to volunteer opportunities.

3:00 p.m. — Eastside Heritage Picnic Games begin. Kids of all ages can partake in old-fashioned picnic games, including a sack race, three-legged race, bean bag toss, tic-tac-toe, a hula-hoop competition, and more. Games will be held near the Symetra Community Spotlight Pavilion and are free of charge.

3:30 p.m. — Singer/songwriter, Charlie Spring, performs on the Main Stage.

4:40 p.m. — A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will make a precise flyover in the Downtown Park airspace.

5:30 p.m. — Country singer, Rae Solomon, performs on the Main Stage.

7:30 p.m. — Dance band, 3D, performs on the main Stage.

8:40 p.m. — The Bellevue Fire and Police Department Honor Guard conduct the presentation and placement of colors.

8:55 p.m. — The National Anthem performed by Anjani Briggs, Shelby Fanning, Juhi Mehta and Kallie Sullivan of Bellevue High School.

9:30 p.m. — The Bellevue Philharmonic takes center stage to present a special Independence Day performance prior to and during the fireworks display.

10:05 p.m. The Eastside’s largest and most spectacular fireworks display!



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