As America’s birthday draws near, so to do a number of local opportunities to revel in the cheer of our nation’s independence around Kitsap. Here are a few of the events planned:
Bremerton Bridge Blast
June 30 will see Bremerton’s Manette Bridge once again rigged to blow off more than 8,000 fireworks spread from seven different launch points, including some unique “waterfall” style pyrotechnics.
Air show will also be featured this year with acrobatic pilots Vicky Benzing and Jim Bourke, as well as shows from a formation flying group, the Cascade Warbirds and a Coast Guard demonstration.
There will also be live music at the Bremerton Marina, which is said to have the best views of both the air show and the fireworks show. The air show is scheduled to start around 8 p.m.; the fireworks will start around 10 p.m.
The entertainment lineup includes Jack Parker, acoustic guitar sensation, who plays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Doo Wop and the Shoo Be Doo’s will entertain with hits from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Soul Siren will rock the stage with top dance hits from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 8:45 to 10:15 p.m.
Poulsbo July 3 celebration
Poulsbo’s 3rd of July celebration and fireworks show will begin over at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park in Downtown Poulsbo with vendors opening at noon and running until 10 p.m. Fireworks are expected to start between 10:15 and 10:20 p.m.
At 4 p.m. Sluys Bakery’s will hold its 4th Annual Pie Eating Contest. Those who wish to register may do so at the Miss Viking Fest Table. First place receives a $50 gift card to Sluys Bakery.
Bainbridge’s Grand Old 4th of July
The Grand Old 4th of July begins at 7 a.m. with the Traditional Pancake Breakfast at the Town & Country Market Parking lot. A long time staple of 4th of July on Bainbridge, the pancake breakfast serves as a major source of energy for revelers hoping to stick it out until the fireworks at dusk.
At 9 a.m. the street fair in downtown Winslow kicks off and will continue until 5 p.m. visitors will be treated to arts and crafts, food, and information booths, live music, photo exhibit, Young Artisan Market, and Kids’ Zone with kids’ musical games, puppet show, pony rides and activities.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be the Classic, Antique and Special Interest Car show in the parking lots behind Columbia and Chase Banks.
The Mile Long Parade will start at 1 p.m. along Madison Avenue and Winslow Way.
These are just a few of the events planned for Bainbridge’s Grand Old Fourth of July, for a full list check out grandold4th.com/schedule/
Kingston 4th of July
Kingston’s celebration of all things America will be kicking off at 8 a.m. with the Family Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club. Breakfast will be served until 11 a.m. leaving plenty of time for those finishing up the Kingston and North Kitsap Rotary Fun Run which starts at 9 a.m.
Kingston’s Tiny Town and Fun Zone at the Village Green Community Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer a bevy of fun games and treats for the youngsters. Don’t forget from 1-3 p.m. kids can grab a free hot dog at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club.
The Kingston Fourth of July Parade starts at noon, be sure not to miss the event calling itself the “longest consecutively running parade west of the Mississippi.”
1:15-2 p.m. will see the Big Ball Race at Central Avenue and W Kingston Road.
from 4:30-9:30 p.m. adults can make a pit stop at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club Beer Garden and enjoy a cold one under the tent at the Port of Kingston.
Starting at 5 p.m. The Relics, Betsy & The Boys and Gerry & The Tonics will be taking the stage to provide revelers with some tunes in the lead up to a dazzling firework show at dusk.