Arts & Entertainment

Get ready for Fourth fun

Beach parties, rockin' music, barbecues, car shows, outdoor movies and just about anything else that's fun to do outside happens when Fourth of July festivities kick off around the Mid-Columbia.

Oh, more fireworks than a Chinese New Year celebration.

Pasco's annual Independence Day Show and Shine actually begins July 3 with pre-registration for cars from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at TRAC. An outdoor showing of the movie American Graffiti starts around 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

On July 4, the fun starts at 8 a.m. at TRAC with more car registration followed by a cruise at 9 a.m. The cruise will be escorted by the Blue Knights, a motorcycle group made up of retired law enforcement officers.

There'll also be an outdoor sock hop dance featuring the music of Retread from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by a fireworks show. Admission to all events is free.

The River of Fire Festival in Kennewick happens in Columbia Park along the Columbia River starting at 8 a.m. July 4. That's when the public can view the entries for the cardboard boat races, which begin at 10 a.m.

Other daylong festivities include music and car shows and for the kids a petting zoo, storytelling, obstacle courses, games and crafts.

The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m.

Admission to the park is $7 per carload.

In West Richland, the Mid-Columbia Symphony and Richland Light Opera will perform an evening of patriotic music, as well as other American favorites and even a few Broadway tunes from 7 to 9 p.m. at Flat Top Park off Bombing Range Road. Admission is free. There are no fireworks in West Richland.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;