Happy Independence Day! Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.
- In the summer of 1776, when the Declaration was signed, the population of the nation is estimated to have been about 2.5 million. (Today the population of the U.S. is more than 300 million.)
- The oldest signer of the Declaration was Benjamin Franklin, who was born in 1706 and was therefore already 70 at the time of the Declaration. Franklin went on to help negotiate the Treaty of Alliance with France in 1778 and the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War in 1783.
Now, on to the fun.
The marquee event again this year is Celebrate Kirkland. This year’s Parade Theme: Remember Our Heroes – 70 years after D-Day. Most of the events take place at or around Marina Park. Here is the schedule:
- 7:00 AM – Parade Route and Staging Route cleared. Cars and vehicles will be towed.
- 9:30 AM – Parade Route Closes and Detours in Place
- 10:00 AM – Children’s Decorating Event at Marina Park Pavilion. Tattoos, flags, and tons of fun for the family
- 11:30 AM – Children’s walking parade begins at Market and Central (see map)
- 12:00 PM -Old Fashioned Downtown parade starts at Market and Central
- 1:00 PM – 10:30 PM – Join all your friends and neighbors at Marina Park! Food and sponsor vendors in the park or bring your own picnic basket.
- 5:00 PM – FIREWORKS! Music in the Park
- 10:15 PM – Fantastic Fireworks Display off of Marina Park with viewing from most downtown waterfront parks.
Those of you who want to travel down to Bellevue can also enjoy fireworks in the park. Now in its 23rd year, the annual Bellevue fireworks event attracts some 60,000 people and features live performances including the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. Here is their schedule:
- 2:00pm Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone opens
- 3:45pm Longstride (Reggage/Rock/Groove Band)
- 5:30pm Sammy Steele Band (Country Alternative)
- 7:15pm Emerald City Throwdown (Dance hits for the 60s and today)
- 9:00pm Bellevue Honor Guard presentation and placement of the colors
- 9:05pm “The Star-Spangled Banner” National Anthem by Bellevue High School Choir
- 9:30pm Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra takes center stage to present a special Independence Day performance
- 10:05pm The Eastside’s largest and most spectacular fireworks show set to live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra
- 10:30pm Post Fireworks Performance by Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra
And finally, here’s something to keep in mind for NEXT YEAR if you want to enjoy the fireworks but avoid the crowds. Argosy has a Fourth of July Dinner Cruise that takes off from the Kirkland City Dock and stops in the middle of Lake Union under the fireworks. But this trip sells out early every year, so you may want to reserve now for 2015. Rate is $79 per adult, children 4-12 $65, kids three and under no charge (tax additional).