It doesn’t matter what part of Kitsap County you live in, there’s a Fourth of July celebration nearby.
Bremerton begin the Fourth of July weekend with the inaugural Bremerton Bridge Blast, at dusk on July 1.
The Bremerton Bridge Blast will span more than 80 percent of the Manette Bridge; fireworks will be launched in the air in a spectacular, never-before-seen-in-Kitsap show.
Join in on the Louis Mentor Bremerton Boardwalk for a street fair and music from noon to 10 p.m. Excellent viewing areas are available. Learn more at www.bremerton bridgeblast.com.
Then, on the Fourth, take part in Bremerton Rock the Dock from 5-10 p.m. Seattle-based Massy Ferguson will be joined on the Rock the Fourth stage by country artists Jessica Lynne and the Cousins.
The show culminates with fireworks over Sinclair Inlet, presented by Port Orchard’s Fathoms crew. Learn more at www.downtownbremerton.org.
In Poulsbo, Fireworks on the Fjord begin at dusk on July 3. Before that, celebrate with music and vendors from noon until 11 p.m. Fireworks start time is expected to be 10:15-10:20 p.m. All of this takes place at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park, 18743 Front St. NE. For more information, go to www.vikingfest.org/3rd-of-july/.
On Bainbridge Island, take part in the street fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fourth in downtown Winslow. Arts and crafts, food, and information booths, live music, photo exhibit, Young Artisan Market, and Kids’ Zone with musical games, puppet show, pony rides and activities will be a part of the day. The Grand Old Fourth parade will begin at 1 p.m. and follows a route that travels south on Madison and then east on Winslow Way, finishing at Ericksen Avenue.
Long-time partner Halo Fireworks, LLC (formerly Aurora Fireworks) will put on another great fireworks display from Eagle Harbor at dusk.
The fireworks are set off from a barge located at the east end of Eagle Harbor, midway between the ferry dock and Pritchard Park. Find more details at www.grandold4th.com.
In Kingston, be part of what is branded as the longest-running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. Events begin with pancakes at 9 a.m. at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club. There’s a fun run, and games throughout the day.
The big parade begins at noon. After that, take a walk thorough Tiny Town where there’s lots for the kids to do. Several local bands will perform throughout the day. And make sure to be at Mike Wallace Park by dusk for the annual fireworks show. For more information, go to www.kingston4thofjuly.com.
In South Kitsap, Port Orchard presents its annual Independence Day celebration as part of its summer-long Fathoms O’ Fun festivities.
A day of events will bring lots of activity to the downtown waterfront, with various bands scheduled to perform from noon to 10:30 p.m. From 5-11 p.m., there will be food and craft vendors at the marina and gazebo park.
The 4th of July Grand Fireworks Show over Sinclair Inlet, sponsored by WAVE, annually attracts upwards of 60,000 spectators. Find out more at www.fathoms ofun.org.
Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort’s “Red, White and Boom 4th of July Celebration” will feature 112, the R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. They had great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with “Only You,” “Anywhere” and the Grammy-nominated single, “Peaches and Cream.” The group won a Grammy in 1997 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Clearwater is located at 15347 Suquamish Way NE. www.clearwater casino.com.
In Silverdale, fireworks return with the Whaling Days celebration on July 28-30. Join in the show at 10 p.m. July 28 at Silverdale Waterfront Park. More information at www.whalingdays.com.
— Leslie Kelly is editor of Kitsap Weekly and specialty publications editor for Kitsap News Group. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org