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“A Salute to the Future”

This year’s Symetra Bellevue Family 4th makes “a salute to the future”. The event will highlight young members of the future generation, awarding the winners of Symetra’s Independence Day Essay Contest. Community organizations that make the Bellevue community a great place to live, work and play will also be featured in the Community Spotlight Pavilion. Click here to learn more about this year’s participants.


Bellevue Phil gears up for patriotic concert in the park

The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra is busy practicing and preparing for their annual appearance at the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th.  As in tradition, the Phil will perform a special Independence Day concert on the Main Stage at 9:30 p.m., under the direction of Music Director, Michael Miropolsky. The set list will feature patriotic standards and favorites such as the Stars and Stripes Forever and Phantom of the Opera.

The Bellevue Philharmonic’s 30-minute performance sets the stage for the Eastside’s largest fireworks display, launching at 10:05 p.m. The orchestra will continue to play in synchronization with the fireworks throughout the spectacular show. The Symetra Bellevue Family 4th features the only fireworks display in the area that is set to a live music performance—one of the very special and unique features of this event.

Independance Day Program – Begins approx. 9:30 p.m.
Hungarian Dance No.5 (Brahms)
L’Arlesienne – Suite No. 1 – Farandole (Bizet)
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Calling to Cavalry
(Symphony of the Superhero)
My Fair Lady (Loewe)
Thunder and Lightening Polka (J. Strauss)
Phantom of the Opera (Webber)

Fireworks Performance Set – Begins approx. 10:05 p.m.
Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland)
Washington Post (Sousa)
Peter Gunn (Mancini)
National Emblem March (Bagley)
Musical Highlights from Rocky (Conti, Connors, Robbins)
Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa)

In addition to the festive performances, the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra will have a booth in the Symetra Community Spotlight pavilion. Orchestra musicians will offer live demonstrations of various instruments, play songs, and talk with visitors about the organization. See Community Spotlight schedule of instruments below:

3:00 p.m. Carolyn Wymann – Viola
3:30 p.m. Kirsten James – Flute
4:00 p.m. Bill Branvold – Trombone
4:30 p.m. Marti garrett – Violin
5:00 p.m. Marti Garrett and Lin Marcelais – Violin fiddle tunes
5:30 p.m. Linda Peragine – Double Bass
6:00 p.m. Becky Soukup – Violin
6:30 p.m. Rebecca Evans – Cello
7:00 p.m. Jay Scott – Trumpet
7:30 p.m. Mary Kantor  – Clarinet

To learn more about the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra and upcoming performances, visit

Family 4th title sponsor Symetra Financial named “Corporate Champion”

Congratulations to Symetra Financial for their recognition by the Puget Sound Business Journal and the Seattle Foundation last month as a Healthy Community Corporate Champion in the category of Neighborhoods & Communities. The Puget Sound Business Journal’s annual Corporate Citizenship Awards acknowledge companies that are strengthening our community through giving and philanthropy. Symetra is a six time title sponsor of the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th and we are grateful for the wonderful partnership they bring to the table year after year. Learn about Symetra’s corporate citizenship philosophy and involvement within the Bellevue community and beyond at

> Read the full Puget Sound Business Journal article here.

Seattle PI Blog: “Bellevue fireworks display survives and thrives”

Today Seattle PI blogger,
Deborah Robinson, wrote an article acknowledging that the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th
fireworks show in Downtown Bellevue continues to “survive and thrive”. Robinson notes that the consistent and generous support of the celebration’s title sponsor, Symetra Financial, and other community partners such as the City of Bellevue and Kemper Development Company, have been key to creating a sustainable event year after year. Read the full Seattle PI blog post here.

Seattle event saved

A 24-hour grassroots fundraising campaign led by Seattle radio show host Dave Ross and chef/restaurateur Tom Douglas effectively raised $500,000 to save the 4th of July event in Seattle.

Congratulations on a successful effort!

Yes, the 2010 Symetra Bellevue Family 4th is on!

We read with sadness today about One Reel’s decision to cancel the 2010 Family 4th at Gas Works Park and Lake Union in Seattle.  We’re confident in the community’s ability to bring this spectacular event back in 2011.

We also know sponsor dollars are increasingly hard to come by in this economy, and the news from Seattle has sparked questions about the Bellevue event. 

The Symetra Bellevue Family 4th survives and thrives thanks to enthusiastic support and participation from title sponsor Symetra, plus and a rock-solid partnership between the Bellevue Downtown Association and the City of Bellevue.

We also benefit from a sustainable event model, great access to Downtown Park where 65,000 people can celebrate in a family-friendly environment, and a unique tie-in with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra.  Media partners Q13 FOX and The Seattle Times help us spread the word.

So, yes, thanks to consistent and generous support from our community partners, the show is most definitely on in Downtown Bellevue.

Amazing 4th in Bellevue

Thank you from the Bellevue Downtown Association to the thousands upon thousands of visitors who joined in celebrating America’s birthday at the park.  The freedoms we enjoy and the community we love truly shine at this event.  We also thank our partner, the City of Bellevue, for its tremendous support on all levels, from the Park to volunteers to the men and women who keep us safe.

We are also fortunate to have a company like Symetra headquartered here in Bellevue, an organization that leads by example and gives back on so many fronts.  To the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the many sponsors, partners and supporters who make the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th possible, we say thank you.

Hank Halle posted this great view of the fireworks finale.

View of the crowd and Downtown Bellevue skyline during the Bellevue Philharmonic’s pre-fireworks concert.


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