Fun on the Fourth of July

By Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writer June 29, 2012 

America the beautiful will be celebrated in style around the Mid-Columbia this Fourth of July with fireworks, barbecues and all sorts of summertime family fun.

The big fireworks shows in Tri-Cities will be the Grand Old Fourth celebration in Pasco and the River of Fire festival in Kennewick.

Pasco

Though Pasco will continue to hold its annual Independence Day parade, there won't be any musical acts performing this year at Gesa Stadium next to TRAC as there have been in years past.

The same goes for Kennewick's River of Fire festival, which happens at Columbia Park. Both cities opted to devote more funding for the fireworks show.

The Pasco Kiwanis will hold its pancake breakfast, at a nominal fee, starting at 7 a.m. at Memorial Park, followed by the Camp Patriot fun run at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $25 for ages 13 and older, $15 for kids 12 and younger. The cost includes a T-shirt. Proceeds from the 5k and one-mile walk/runs will go to the Camp Patriot nonprofit organization that takes disabled veterans on outdoor adventures.

The grand parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and Marie Street, travels down Fourth Avenue, turns right on Sylvester Street, then left on 14th Avenue and ends at Memorial Park. Grand marshall for this year's parade will be long time Pasco resident and community leader Neal Smiley.

The Grand Old Fourth fireworks show will be at GESA Stadium. Gates open at 8:30 p.m., showtime is 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Kennewick

The River of Fire festivities start at noon at the east end of Columbia Park.

The J&S Dreamland Express train will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and kids will ride free all day. There will be a wide range of vendors set up in the park selling wares and food. The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m.

Admission to the park is $7 per carload.

Prosser

The 4th of July Show & Shine is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prosser City Park, corner of Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue. Admission is $15 and includes lunch.

There will be a Kiddie Parade starting at 11 a.m. from the courthouse on Market Street and ending at City Park. There will be inflatable bounce houses and slides at the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also will be old-fashioned games such as three-legged races, pie-eating contests and bingo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A stage show featuring the Sevigny Sisters starts at 11:30 a.m. Food vendors will be on site all day.

The giant fireworks show starts at dusk from Art Fiker Stadium, sponsored by the Prosser Rotary Club.

Stanfield, Ore.

The Independence Day celebration centers around Bard Park and starts with a steak feed from 7 to 9 p.m. July 3, followed by dancing and music by a variety of musicians. Admission is free, but the steak dinner costs $20.

On July 4, the fireman's breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and costs $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and younger. Throughout the day, there will be fun runs, various sporting events, clogging and tae kwon do demonstrations, hot dog and pie eating contests and a parade. There is no admission fee to the park. The parade starts at 10 a.m., loops around town and ends up back at Bard Park.

The fireworks will be set off near the high school at dusk and can be seen from almost anywhere around town.

Hermiston

The Stars and Stripes Celebration starts at noon at Butte Park and includes live music, food vendors, a bounce house, face painting and a juggler as well as tug-of-war and sponge relay races.

The town's Family Aquatic Center will have a barbecue and belly flop contest before the fireworks show. Admission to the center is $12 for ages 17 and older and $8 for ages 16 and younger.

The fireworks show starts at dusk.

Boardman

There will be fireworks over the Columbia River starting at dusk. They will be best viewed from Marina Park. Daytime festivities at Marina Park include bingo, a horseshoe tournament, food vendors, kids games and a talent show. Admission is free.

Pendleton

The PGG Independence Day celebration starts at 8 a.m. with a fun run starting at the Pendleton Round-Up grounds, followed by barrel racing in the arena. The VFW's July 4 parade starts at 10 a.m. at Frazer and Main streets, travels down Main Street to Court Street and ends at Roy Raley Park, where there will be family games and festivities happening all day. Admission is free.

The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. and can be viewed from the Happy Canyon Arena at the rodeo grounds. Admission is free.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricity herald.com

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