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

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.


1 Response to “Tips for enjoying the Eastside’s largest Independence Day celebration”

  1. 1 Khan July 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for a great show. I posted my 4th of July pics to Flickr. Hi-res pics are still uploading. Which one is your fave?

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