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Wow! An amazing 2012 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th. Thank you!

Truly beautiful, spacious skies greeted the fireworks, festivities and a packed Bellevue Downtown Park for the 2012 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th. The video below, put together by Bellevue City Councilmember John Chelminiak, hits several highlights from this year’s hometown celebration.


Celebrate at the 2012 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th!

ImageThe Symetra Bellevue Family 4th is the Eastside’s largest and longest standing Independence Day celebration. Make it a safe, fun and unforgettable experience for the whole family. Read on for the top 5 attractions and tips on attending this year’s Symetra Bellevue Family 4th

Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone

Join in the fun in the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone with a free interactive play area including jugglers, mascots, and games. Or kick the fun up a notch with ticketed inflatable rides, a bungee trampoline, face art and much more. The Family Fun Zone will open at 2:00 p.m.


Don’t miss another magnificent fireworks show. Experience the colorful splendor and percussion of the fireworks as they’re launched in close proximity from the top of the Bellevue Square parking garage. Close, but not too close.

Live Entertainment

Top regional bands are set to perform on Republic Services Main Stage starting at 3:30 p.m.Enjoy the tunes of the Buckaroo Blues Band and top 40 dance hits performed by Idol Eyez. At 9:30 p.m., the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra with special guests from the community including BYSO alumni and former members of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra will take center stage under the direction of Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe to present a special Independence Day performance before and during the spectacular fireworks display.

C-17 Fly-Over

Hear the engines roar as a C-17 Globemaster lll from Joint Base Lewis-McChord soars over the Bellevue Downtown Park at 4:40 p.m.

Symetra Community Spotlight

Starting at 3 p.m., learn more about the nonprofit programs in our local community and all they have to offer. Representatives from Bellevue Schools Foundation, Bellevue Family YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, Imagine Children’s Museum, Make-A-Wish, Pacific Science Center and The Sophia Way will showcase local programs and volunteer opportunities.

To make the most out of Symetra Bellevue Family 4th here are a few extra tips:

  • Arrive early to get the best viewing spot
  • Bring blankets to sit on and flashlights for safety when the show is over.
  • Remember this is a family friendly event so no alcohol is permitted in the park.
  • Complimentary event parking is available after 6 the Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, LincolnSquare, and Bellevue Place). Free parking is also offered in the visitors’ lot at BellevueCity Hall(450 110th Avenue NE).

We hope to see you at the 21st annual Symetra Bellevue Family 4th. Celebrate safely, and happy 4th of July!

Symetra Bellevue Family 4th 101

There are only a few days remaining before we celebrate the 20th annual Symetra Bellevue Family 4th. Here are a few ways to make the most out of Bellevue’s spectacular 4th of July experience!

Arrive early for a prime viewing spot! Also bring blankets to sit on with your family and friends.

The weather looks up! Stay up-to-date with the holiday weekend forecast on Don’t forget to bring a jacket or sweatshirt, as it will get cooler in the evening.

There will be plenty of fun activities for kids. From sack races, 3-legged races, beanbag toss, tick-tack-toe, and hula-hoop to inflatable rides and arts & crafts! And of course the spectacular fireworks show, taking place promptly at 10:05 p.m.

Parents, as is normal for any event of this size, we suggest to place a note with your name and cell phone number in your child’s pockets just in case you get separated. Any lost children will be brought to the Information Booth in the center of the park. The Bellevue Police Department will be on-site for public safety and to assist on non-emergencies. Call 911 for emergencies.

There will be free parking at Bellevue Square after 6:00 p.m. and free parking in the Bellevue City Hall visitors lot all day. Also please be aware of traffic flow changes after the fireworks show. Be patient upon arrival and exit!

Hungry? Check out all the tasty food vendors who will be in the southwest corner of the park.

Bring a flashlight for safety when the show is over.

Alcohol is not allowed on park property.

And as always, please have a safe and happy 4th of July!


A farewell concert by the Bellevue Philharmonic

Independence Day  is just around the corner! Be sure to catch the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th playing their final concert.

The Bellevue Philharmonic has been around since the 60’s, and over the years has created a strong and fruitful partnership with downtown Bellevue’s annual Fourth of July celebration. As is tradition, the Bellevue Philharmonic’s performance will be synchronized to the fireworks display.

The farewell concert includes a superb lineup of patriotic anthems, encompassing classic pieces as well as those lesser known. The concert will have two parts; the pre-fireworks program which begins at 9:30 p.m. and the fireworks program which begins at 10:05 p.m.

“Farewell Concert” Program (9:30 p.m.)
Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust (Berlioz)
Sabre Dance (Khachaturian) Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Adagio from Ballet “Spartacus
Entrance of the Gladiators (Triumphal March) (Fucik)
Yaga and Great Gates of Kiev from “Pictures at an Exhibition” (Mussorgsky – Baba)
Polovtsian Dances from the Opera Prince Igor (Borodin)

Fireworks “Independance Day” Program (10:05 p.m.)
Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland)
Washington Post (Sousa)
America the Beautiful (Ward)
National Emblem March (Bagley)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Steffe)
Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa)

Please join us in thanking the Bellevue Philharmonic for bringing years of spectacular music and dedication to this wonderful community event!

2011 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th ready for launch

The 2011 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th is ready for launch with strong civic support from Bellevue-based Symetra Financial. Symetra has supported the event as title sponsor for the past seven years.

This celebrated tradition will again feature a spectacular fireworks show set to Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone, a C-17 Flyover, the Community Spotlight Pavilion, live entertainment, festival food and much more.

Here’s a sneak peak at this year’s event poster:

2011 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th

Visit for complete event information.

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.

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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