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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.

Fireworks

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 p.m.at 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!

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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Arrive early, plan ahead, enjoy the show!

One day and counting to the big event – the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th!  Arrive early if you can to find your preferred spot in the Bellevue Dowtnown Park.  It’s big at 20 acres but fills in quickly starting around 7 p.m.  The Bellevue Family Fun Zone with rides, games and activities opens at 2 p.m. as do the food and refreshment vendors.  Free old-fashioned picnic games and competitions start at 3 p.m. at the Symetra Community Spotlight Pavilion.

While the Park is easy to access by car, foot, bus and bike, be prepared for heavy traffic volumes in the hour leading up to the fireworks and right after the show.  The Bellevue Police Department does an excellent job in keeping the traffic flowing.  Just plan for a little extra time.  If you’re up for a walk, you can park at Bellevue City Hall for free.  That will give you quicker post-event access to I-405.  Otherwise, your best bet for a free spot is at Bellevue Square – just expect a bit of a wait as the garage and streets clear after the finale.  Special thanks again to The Bellevue Collection for its invaluable staging assistance for both cars and the fireworks display.

Check out the event’s full schedule here.  We’ll see you on the 4th in Downtown Bellevue!

Game on!

There’s even more to do at this year’s Symetra Bellevue Family 4th. One of the highlights will be the good ol’ fashioned picnic games hosted by the Eastside Heritage Center.  Free for kids of all ages – (okay, realistically, toddler and up). Sack and three-legged races, the bean bag toss, hula-hoop contests, and much more all get underway at 3 p.m. near the Symetra Community Spotlight Pavilion.

Speaking of the Eastside Heritage Center – feast on shortcake at the annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival this weekend at Crossroads International Park.

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Bellevue Philharmonic’s compositions for the 4th

StringsThe Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Adam Stern, will again perform a pre-fireworks concert and the live music for the fireworks. We are delighted to preview the 4th of July composition list for 2009, courtesy of the BPO.

(Pre-fireworks at 9:20 p.m.)

SUPPE: “Light Cavalry” Overture
MASSENET: Ballet Music from “Le Cid”
COPLAND: “Saturday Night Waltz” from “Rodeo”
SIBELIUS: Alla Marcia from “Karelia Suite”
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: “Folksongs from Somerset” from “English Folksong Suite”

(During Fireworks:)

COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man
ANDERSON: Belle of the Ball
SOUSA: Three Marches:
Washington Post
Semper Fidelis
The Stars and Stripes Forever

Great fireworks in a word

For me, any safe fireworks display is a good one. But what makes the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th especially worthwhile, other than the live performance of the Bellevue Phil and the massive number of shells exploding over the course 20 minutes?

Proximity. You feel this show.

Thanks to this patron for catching last year’s finale.

-Patrick Bannon

Visit the Symetra Community Spotlight Pavilion

Each year, title sponsor Symetra Financial hosts the Community Spotlight Pavilion at the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th.  It’s a great opportunity to interact with and learn more about some of the best non-profit organizations in our region.   Visit the pavilion on the 4th – look for giveaways – and check out this year’s list of participants.  Thank you Symetra for spotlighting these valued community partners.

Symetra Community Spotlight Partner



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