South Sound Center’s 43rd annual Independence Day Celebration: Music by the American Legion Band from 7 to 9 p.m.; fireworks start at dusk (about 10:15 p.m.) today in the South Sound Center parking lot at 711 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E. in Lacey. Kettle corn, elephant ears, burgers and fries will be available. 360-491-6850.
Tumwater’s Fourth of July Parade, Artesian Family Festival and Thunder Valley Fireworks Show: Parade starts at 11 a.m.; gates open for the festival at 6 p.m.; fireworks start at 10:15 p.m. Saturday at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive S.E. Festival features youth activities, music and food. Parking costs $5. 360-754-4160.
Fourth of July Celebration: Barbecue starts at 11 a.m., live music starts at noon and fireworks begin about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Red Wind Casino, 12819 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia. 360-412-5000 or www.redwindcasino.com.
Summerfest Celebration: A variety of events take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Borst Park, 902 Johnson Road, Centralia, and a parade starts at 4 p.m. in downtown Centralia. Live music starts at 5 p.m., a Destruction Derby starts at 7 p.m. and fireworks begin about 10:30 p.m. at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave., Chehalis. The destruction derby costs $8 for adults and $6 for youths and seniors. For a schedule of events and locations, call 360-330-7674 or go to www.centraliaguide.com.
Out of Town
Fort Lewis Freedom Fest: Festivities start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cowan Stadium on the post. The public must enter through the DuPont gate at Exit 119 off Interstate 5. The festival features the Classy Chassis Car Show, live music by The Platters, children’s rides, food and games, and concludes with a fireworks display at dusk. 253-967-4294 or www.fortlewismwr.com.
Tacoma Freedom Fair: Activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday along Ruston Way in Tacoma. Highlights include a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the USAA Tacoma Air Show from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and the fireworks extravaganza at 10:10 p.m. For a schedule, go to www.freedomfair.com.
The 2009 Chase Family Fourth at Lake Union: Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at Gas Works Park, 2101 Northlake Way N., Seattle. Food, music, vendors and activities for all ages. Fireworks start about 10 p.m. www.chasefamily4th.org.
“Celebrating Our Declaration of Independence” Fourth of July Celebration: Event starts with the Traditional Old Time Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday in Oakville. A re-enactment of Oakville’s last, infamous horseback bank robbers will immediately follow the parade. A junior rodeo also is set for Saturday and Sunday. 360-273-2702.