Edmonds 4th of July Celebration

Edmonds 4th of July Celebration

My family has been attending parts of this event for decades.  My girlfriends family has a long standing tradition of getting downtown early and placing their chairs and blankets in the same spot each year.

Last year we brought all the kids down for the Main Parade.  We had heard that Edmonds was not allowing you to bring chairs to hold your spot until after 5pm on July 3rd.  I was not able to get down to the parade route until about 9pm.  That was a little late as all the good locations were already taken.  I was still able to find a spot and placed out 6 folding chairs along the parade route.

The next day the kids had a blast.  They got a ton of candy and were asked to participate and dance with the parade.

I have not participated in the Beat Brackett 5K… maybe next year :)

The firework show is not quite at the level of Gasworks park, but it is a well done show with music and a grand finale.

You will find us there again this year.  See you there and happy 4th of July.

 

EDMONDS 4th OF JULY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Beat Brackett 5K &Baby Brackett 1K10:00 a.m.
Children’s Parade11:30 a.m.
Main Parade12:00 p.m.
Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition (City Park, 3rd Avenue South and Pine)2:30 p.m.
Food Vendors and Evening Entertainment (Civic Stadium, 6th & Bell)6:00 p.m.
Brackett’s Beard and Mustache Contest9:15 p.m.
Fireworks (Civic Stadium, 6th and Bell)10:00 p.m.

 

WHERE IS THE EDMONDS 4th OF JULY

 

Children’s Parade
IGA Parking Lot
550 5th Ave S
Edmonds, WA 98020

 

Main Parade
Downtown Edmonds
parade starts at 6th Ave & Main St.

 

Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition
Edmonds City Park
600 3rd Ave South
Edmonds WA 98020

 

Food Vendors and Evening Entertainment
Civic Stadium
310 6th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

 

Brackett’s Beard and Mustache Contest
Civic Stadium
310 6th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

 

Fireworks
Civic Stadium
310 6th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

 

Beat Brackett 5K & Baby Brackett 1K

 

Get your “An Edmonds kind of 4th” off and running with the “Beat Brackett 5K” and “Baby Brackett 1K” family-friendly run/walk! Join other runners, walkers, kids of all ages and parents with strollers and chase ol’ man George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds, through the downtown streets to the finish line. For even more fun, decorate one of the ol’ man Brackett beards that will be distributed, and wear it during the race!

THE “BEAT BRACKETT 5K” FEATURES:

  • Performance running shirts
  • Electronic timing with RFID chips
  • “Beat ol’ man Brackett” competition
  • Awards ceremony with medals for top finishers
  • Costume contest for best “4th themed” runner

Thank you to the police officers, City of Edmonds and Town of Woodway for their efforts and work to make this run possible and safe for everyone.

 

Parades

 

Nothing says 4th of July like a patriotic community parade! Sit back and enjoy two parades for the price of one at the “An Edmonds kind of 4th” celebration, or show your community spirit and bring your family, business or organization out to march in one of the parades.

New this year is a parade theme, which is “Edmonds – small town, big heart,” and participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into their decorations.

Register for the Children’s Parade in the ACE Hardware parking lot – 5th Ave S. and Howell St. – from 10:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. The Children’s Parade welcomes local kids and families in their best red, white and blue holiday costumes, along with decorated bikes, scooters, strollers and wagons! Awards for “Best Bike/Scooter,” “Best Wagon/ Stroller,” “Most Patriotic,” and “Most Original.”

At 12:00 PM, enjoy the Main Parade’s fun and colorful mix of marchers, patriotic costumes, music, floats and classic cars from local businesses, bands, dance groups, civic organizations, police, fire and military groups, and even some Star Wars characters! There are six different awards categories from Most Patriotic to Best Decorated. To march in the parade, simply fill out a registration form, along with $25 per group and $25 per vehicle, and be ready to march at noon on July 4th! (See the Main Parade page to register to march in the parade.)

Edmonds Main Parade Map

 

Food and Entertainment

 

Grab some fun and delectable food to keep your energy up for the rest of the day and evening. Kona Ice and Here and There Grill will be by the fountain at 5th and Main during the parade until 2:00 p.m.

The party is just getting started! After the parade, take a stroll around town, visit the waterfront or grab lunch at a local restaurant until the evening festivities. Then cap off your fun-filled “An Edmonds kind of 4th” with a night of fabulous food, entertainment and fireworks, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Visit over a dozen local food trucks and vendors to grab some dinner or get your face painted. Want to be a vendor? Click here to register as a vendor in the evening.

Break out your dance moves with music on stage at Civic Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

 

Brackett’s Beard & Mustache Contest

 

Attention all facial hair aficionados, come join the first ever Brackett’s Beard & Mustache contest! In honor of George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds, who himself donned stylish facial hair, we will offer prizes to winners of the Best Natural Mustache, Best Natural Beard, and Best Festive (where anything goes – all ages, male or female, natural or fake fur welcome!) categories.

Come to the stage in Civic Field at 8:30 p.m., get your photo taken, and display your face to the judges at 9:15 p.m. Contest held at 9:15 p.m. at Civic Field Stage, before the Fireworks Show. Register in advance online or show up early to fill out a consent form.

 

Fireworks

 

Ooh and aah as the skies over Edmonds come alive with the flash, colors and bang of a dazzling fireworks display set to traditional music. Arrive early to find seating in the grass or on the bleachers. Do not sit in the upper roped-off section of the bleachers as you will not be able to see the firework display from there. The firework show will begin at 10:00 p.m. with a local singer performing the National Anthem.

Be safe as you head home after the long fun day, and be sure to mark your calendars to make “An Edmonds kind of 4th” your annual Independence Day tradition!

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:  http://www.edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html

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Jason Fox is a father, a real estate broker, a marketing specialist, and a friend.Being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest he has a unique and interesting perspective on local real estate that he can't wait to share with you.Jason lives in the Meadowdale neighborhood and hopes to see you out walking, at the park, at the movies, on a trail, on Stevens Pass, on the beach, at a lake, at a Seahawks or Mariners game, or just commenting on the blog.

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