Cookouts and fireworks to highlight Mid-Columbia celebrations

Fireworks, music, barbecues and plenty of other fun stuff are planned during today's Fourth of July celebrations around the Mid-Columbia.

Pasco and Kennewick once again will hold daylong events culminating in spectacular fireworks shows.

Here's a list of happenings from Tri-Cities to Boardman today:

-- Pasco's Grand Old Fourth kicks off festivities at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone St. Cost is $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 Fourth Avenue, then turns left on Sylvester Street and ends at Memorial Park. Grand marshal is Mike Miller, a community activist and ambassador for Pasco who is president of Moon Secuirty Services. The father of four graduated from Pasco High in 1975 and recently was inducted into the Pasco High Hall of Fame.

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

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

Festivities include merchant and food vendors, petting zoo, games, dunk tank and rides on the J&S Dreamland Express train trolley. BNSF Railway is sponsoring free rides for kids under 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Kid's Zone sponsored by AgriNorthwest is noon to 5 pm, and includes games, a petting zoo and the Columbia Basin Dive & Rescue dunk tank. Kennewick Mayor Steve Young will be at the tank for a part of the day.

The fireworks show starts at dark, about 10 p.m. The show will be synced to music and listeners can hear the patriotic montage on the MIX 105.3.

Suggested donation is $7 per carload. No alcohol or personal fireworks are allowed in the park. The event is sponsored by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and HAPO Community Credit Union.

-- Boardman's Fourth of July thunder celebration centers at Marina Park on the Columbia River. The event includes a breakfast from 7-10 a.m., a run/walk at 8 a.m., a parade starting at 11 a.m., kids' games, horseshoe tournament and bingo from 1-3 p.m., a talent show at 3:30 p.m., pirate puppet show at 5 p.m., music by Tony Madrigal at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks show over the river at 10 p.m. Admission to the park is $7 a carload.

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

Admission is free and most events happening within the park are also free, such as, family games, bounce houses, 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 7-10:30 p.m. that includes a barbecue and games. Cost is $12 for ages 13 and older and $8 for ages 12 and younger. For advanced tickets call 541-667-5018.

-- Prosser's Old Fashioned Fourth of July includes a kiddie parade, car show, food and arts and craft vendors, sack races, bingo, stage show, obstacle course, car show and fireworks show. Festivities get under way at 10 a.m. at City Park.

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 off their stuff.

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

-- Walla Walla's annual Fourth 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.

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

-- Sacajawea State Park in Pasco will hold an old fashioned Fourth of July picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors should bring their own picnic lunch, then join in a selection of activities, such as bike parade and rodeo, water pistol challenges, water balloon toss, 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 Fourth of July 5K and 1 mile run/walk fun run starts at 8 a.m. at the softball complex, 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, a nonprofit agency that takes disabled veterans on outdoor adventures.

-- Sunnyside's Fourth of July Independence Day celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m., traveling down Warehouse Avenue to Sixth Street then to Centennial Square, east on Edison and ending at Sunnyside High School.

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

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