The Adventure: Fourth in the Park 2016!

Image of fireworks over Blaine, WA by Tyler Ingram CC-Flickr
June 30, 2016

Oh, say – want to see the fireworks this Fourth of July? Looking for a new vantage point?

We hear you!  Your Washington state parks have some great places where you can watch the works — with a little less boom!
Point Wilson Lighthouse, Fort Worden Historical State Park, by Mike Shettel via CC-Flickr
Enjoy the park—and the celebration—by day, the fireworks by night. Go “Old School” and spend your Fourth of July at Fort Worden Historical State Park!
With the exception of Fort Worden Historical State Park, which is hosting an Old School 4th of July,  with a public show, fireworks are not allowed in state parks. Parks do make great spots to watch nearby shows, however! We’ve got the scoop on hot spots where you can get some great shots of spectacular fireworks shows! All these displays, and many more, are listed with the Washington State Patrol. Check out the full list here!
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Please observe any burn bans that may be in effect and remember that NO personal fireworks of ANY kind are allowed in state parks. Don’t forget your Discover Pass! You will need it to park while you enjoy the displays!
Wenatchee Confluence State Park by Kaycee
Insert your lawn chair here! Warm, wonderful Wenatchee Confluence State Park offers a fabulous vantage for a great fireworks show. Photo by Henry Huey

Wenatchee Confluence State Park

When:  About  9:50 p.m. July 4
Where: At the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers in Wenatchee.
The Skinny: Verdant lawns and wide-open skies make urban Wenatchee Confluence the perfect place to park your lawn chair or blanket and watch the Walla Walla Point Park evening show, a couple miles  northwest of the park. Whether you watch the half-hour show by land or river (some folks prefer to boat in), you will need to leave the park immediately following the fireworks—unless you’re camping overnight.

Crown Point State Park Property

When:  About 10 p.m.  July 4
Where:  At the end of Crown Point Vista Road off of SR 174, overlooking the Columbia River and Grand Coulee Dam.
The Skinny: With its open and uninterrupted view of the majestic Columbia River, Crown Point has long been a popular spot to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show over the Grand Coulee Dam.  So find your spot early to watch the Festival of America show happening at the dam. The fun starts at 10 p.m. with a unique laser light show that incorporates the water spilling over the dam for an incredible visual display. Immediately following the laser show comes the fireworks. Rumor has it this Fourth promises to be the biggest show in the festival’s history. There is no camping at Crown Point, and you must leave immediately following the show.
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The laser show at the Grand Coulee Dam is only the beginning of the fun! Photo by Brendan Biele

Saltwater State Park

When: About 10 p.m. July 4
Where: 25205 8th Place S. in Des Moines
The Skinny: On the sandy Puget Sound shore, Saltwater is a pleasant camping park and a nice place to watch several fireworks shows erupting over the water. Watch to the south and north for the Tacoma and shows, respectively. You may see a few pops rising from Maury Island, directly ahead as well. A keen eye may spot some of the shows over Seattle, but those will be far in the distance, say State Parks staff. If you go, bring along a good flashlight as the beach dunes can get dark after the sun goes down. Unless you are camping, please leave the park immediately following the fireworks as the day-use area will be open only for this special event.

Peace Arch Historical State Park

When: About 10:15 p.m. July 4
Where: 19 A St. in Blaine
The Skinny: Celebrate the Fourth at the border! Peace Arch’s lush lawns and gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for watching the City of Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration fireworks show over Semiahmoo Bay. Enjoy the fun of celebrating the fourth right next to our neighbors to the north, Canada! This is a day-use park and is staying open late  for this special event, so visitors must exit the park following the displays.
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Are you headed for some Fourth of July fun on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula? Washington State Parks is teaming up with a host of peninsula organizations to bring you a safe, clean, fun and beach-friendly fourth!

The Beach-Friendly Fourth is brought to you by private citizens, community groups, local and state government agencies, including Washington State Parks. We are working together to encourage safe and responsible celebrations on Long Beach Peninsula and other Washington beaches over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Beach-Friendly Fourth partners welcome visitors over the holiday, with the following reminders:
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  • Use existing campgrounds and lodgings—it’s illegal to camp on the beach.
  • NO fireworks are permitted in Washington State Parks and the beaches that front state park lands.
  • Respect burn bans—if no ban is in place, fires must be 100 feet from dunes and vegetation and no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet.
  • Use only legal fireworks, and observe fireworks hours over the holiday:
  • June 28 – noon to 11 p.m.
  • June 29 to July 3 – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4 – 9 a.m. to midnight
  • July 5 – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Respect neighborhoods and private property.
  • Drive safely on the beach, and be aware of tides.
  • Use restrooms, not dunes.
  • Pick up all garbage – pack it in, pack it out.

Did you see some great shows from your state parks?

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Feature photo of fireworks over Peace Arch Historical State Park in Blaine by Tyler Ingram