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5 things to do in South Sound this weekend, July 4-6


Celebrate the holiday

Tumwater is the South Sound municipality that takes the Fourth of July seriously. Its 27th ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE begins at 11 a.m. Friday (July 4) traveling south on Capitol Way then turning west on Israel Road and ending at Linderson. For more information, call 360-754-4160, or go to But the fun doesn’t end there. The TUMWATER ARTESIAN FAMILY FESTIVAL AND THUNDER VALLEY FIREWORKS runs from 6-10:45 p.m. at the Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE. Admission is free, but parking at the site is $10. For more information, call 360-754-4160 or go to If you want a military flavor to your holiday, head to the JBLM FREEDOM FEST between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The festivities are based around Cowan Stadium, Bitar Avenue and South 12th Street, on the based. Admission is free. Call 253-967-5200 or go to Seattle, Tacoma and many of the smaller communities in the area also have holiday festivities -- find a complete list elsewhere at


Rockin' the Bard

Harlequin Productions' rollicking musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" continues at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. "ROCK 'N' ROLL TWELFTH NIGHT" features the comedy's characters as rock icons. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $38 general admission, $35 seniors and military, $25 students and those younger than 25. For more information, call 360-786-0151.


Feel all right again

Beatles fans will want to head downtown for a screening of the restored "A HARD DAY’S NIGHT" playing at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The nationwide re-release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Richard Lester film widely considered the inspiration and gold standard for rock documentaries. The film will screen at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets -- which run $5.50 for Olympia Film Society members, $8.50 general admission, and $4 for kids 12 and younger -- are available at the box office.

Friday-July 27

Four perspectives

Discover the talents of four local artists at CHILDHOOD’S END GALLERY, 222 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. The show features the work of Cal Capener, oil paintings; Fumiko Kimura, mixed media paintings; Barbara Noonan, pastel drawings; and Reid Ozaki, ceramics. The exhibit will be on display through July 27. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.


Grilled tunage

It's finally outdoor concert season and the BANDS AND BARBECUE series starts Sunday at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 4300 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. The 6 p.m. concert will feature IJenNeh playing a mix of African, reggae, gospel and funk music. Admission is free.