There will be parades, barbecues, games, family activities and fireworks shows Sunday and Monday as the South Sound celebrates the Fourth of July.
Here is a look at some of the events taking place Sunday and Monday in honor of the holiday:
Boston Harbor Fireworks: The community puts on an annual fireworks display launched from a barge visible from land and water. This year, there will be food trucks near the marina. The show will begin about 10 p.m. at Boston Harbor Marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia.
The Lacey Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert: The event will run from 5-11 p.m., with family activities, live music, food vendors, bounce houses, military vehicle displays and skydivers as the community celebrates its 50th anniversary. The city is promising the show will be bigger, better and brighter as it celebrates the milestone event. Performing are The Blackberry Bushes with its bluegrass sound at 5:30 p.m. and British Export, a Beatles tribute band, at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks begin about 10 p.m. The event has been moved to Rainier Vista Park, 5475 45th Ave. SE, Lacey. On-site parking will open at 3 p.m., but space is limited. Parking also available at area schools.
Thunder on the Canal: The Alderbrook Resort & Spa has a fireworks show, an oyster-eating challenge, barbecue, live music and more. The outdoor patio opens at 11 a.m., with the oyster-eating contest at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 10:20 p.m. Events conclude at midnight. 7101 E. state Route 106, Union.
Admission: Activities are $5 for for those not staying at the resort.
Nisqually Red Wind Casino: The casino celebrates with entertainment, live music, a beer garden, kids zone and fireworks. There will be a barbecue and fair-style food from 1-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk. Scheduled to perform are TRY (classic rock), Danny Vernon’s Illusions of Elvis and Spazmatics (’80s music). The casino is at 12819 Yelm Highway. SE, Olympia.
Info: 866-946-2444, redwindcasino.com.
Tumwater Parade and Artesian Family Festival: The celebration begins with the community’s 29th annual parade at 11 a.m. at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street. The route goes south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, continues past City Hall and ends at Linderson Way-Israel Road intersection. Next comes the 16th annual Artesian Family Festival and Thunder Valley Fireworks Show at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater. Music, games and food start at 6 p.m. The fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. No pets, alcohol or personal fireworks are allowed.
Admission: Free. Parking $10 a vehicle.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640