Fun to be had around the Mid-Columbia for Fourth of July

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJune 27, 2013 

Fireworks, music, barbecues and more are planned during the Fourth of July celebrations from the Tri-Cities to Boardman.

Pasco and Kennewick will once again present daylong events that will culminate in a spectacular display of exploding fireworks.

Here's what's going on around the Mid-Columbia:

-- Pasco's Grand Old 4th festivities start at 7 a.m. July 4 with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone St. The breakfast costs $5.

Starting at 9:15 a.m., there will be a pre-parade street dance for kids at the park. The grand parade starts at 10 a.m. at Third Avenue and Marie Street, heads down Fourth Avenue then turns left on Sylvester Street and ends at Memorial Park.

There will be a mix of family activities throughout the day with the big fireworks show at Gesa Stadium at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

-- The River of Fire festival features a daylong celebration in Columbia Park starting at 11 a.m.

Festivities include merchant and food vendors, a petting zoo, games, a dunk tank and rides on the J&S Dreamland Express train trolley.

The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. Admission to the park is $7 per carload.

-- Hermiston's Parks & Rec will offer daylong festivities from noon to 10:30 p.m. July 4 at Butte Park, 1245 N.W. Seventh St.

Admission is free and most events happening within the park are also free, such as, family games, bounce houses, a magic show, face painting and balloon tying. There will be some carnival games that will have fees to play.

A pool party will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. that includes a barbecue and games. Cost is $12 for ages 13 and older and $8 for ages 12 and younger. For advance tickets, call 541-667-5018.

-- Boardman's 4th of July Thunder celebration centers at Marina Park on the Columbia River. The day starts with a breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids. Events continue with a run/walk at 8 a.m., a parade starting at 11 a.m., kids games, a horsehoe tournament and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m., a talent show at 3:30 p.m., a pirate puppet show at 5 p.m., music by Tony Madrigal at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks show at dusk.

Admission is free.

-- Prosser's Old Fashioned 4th of July includes a kiddie parade, car show, food and craft vendors, sack races, bingo, a stage show, an obstacle course and a car show.

Festivities get under way at 10 a.m. at City Park in downtown Prosser. The parade starts at 11 a.m. in the park, followed by family games, a bouncy toy obstacle course and live musical entertainment with the Sevigny Sisters. At 12:30 p.m., the annual Little Miss Prosser and Little Junior Miss Prosser contestants show their stuff.

The festivities continue until 3 p.m., with the fireworks show starting at dusk at Art Fiker Stadium, on Paterson Road.

-- Sunnyside's 4th of July Independence Day celebration starts at 9 a.m. when participants in the town's parade gather. The parade starts at 11 a.m., travels down Warehouse Avenue to Sixth Street, then to Centennial Square, east on Edison and ends at Sunnyside High School.

Daylong festivities start at noon in the high school football stadium, where there will be hot dog and watermelon eating contests, a talent show, the Miss Fire Cracker pageant, a coin toss, a bean bag throw and the carnival. The fireworks show starts at dusk.

Admission is free to all events, but donations to the Sunnyside Lions Club are welcome.

-- Walla Walla's annual 4th of July in the Park celebration is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pioneer Park, bordered by Alder, Division and Whitman Streets in downtown Walla Walla.

The park will be filled with arts and crafts, food vendors, activities for kids and live musical entertainment followed by the fireworks show at dusk. Admission is free.

-- Sacajawea State Park will hold an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. July 4. Visitors should bring their own picnic lunch, then join in a selection of activities, such as a bike parade and rodeo, water pistol challenges, a water balloon toss, a scavenger hunt, volleyball and horseshoes. Snow cones also will be available.

There is a $10 day-use fee for cars if you don't have a Discover Pass. The fee can be paid at the park.

-- The Camp Patriot 4th of July 5K and 1-mile run/walk fun run starts at 8 a.m. at the softball complex at 6520 Homerun Road, next to Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

Entry fee is $25 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Camp Patriot organization, which is a nonprofit agency that takes disabled veterans on outdoor adventures.

-- Suncadia Resort's 4th of July celebration is from July 4-7 at the resort, 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum.

The event features four days of fun and games, including carnival games, bounce houses, shirt making and barbecues.

Most activities are free along with the fireworks show at 10 p.m. July 4. For information, go to

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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