Here’s everything you need to know about July 4 celebrations in the Yakima area:

Yakima Fourth of July celebration

The free Fourth of July celebration in State Fair Park is the place to be in Yakima and Union Gap, with a fireworks display, a music festival, carnival, kids’ play area and more than a dozen food vendors.

The celebration starts at noon, with bands playing through the afternoon and evening, wrapping up with fireworks at 10 p.m. Click here for full schedules and information.

Some highlights:

  • A carnival runs from 2-11 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 11 p.m. Thursday.
  • An inflatable water slide will be set up from noon to 9 p.m. for children on Thursday.
  • Blackhawk helicopters will do a flyover at 3:45 p.m.
  • AppleJam Battle of the Bands runs from 3:50 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. with performers Sweet Mary Sunshine, Erik J. Smestad, Whitley & Eric Snider, Koenig, Daypop, Arissa Connel, The Finger Guns, Abby Brown (The Girl in Black), Bad Habit, JayJay Garza and special guest Leviticuss.
  • Children’s activities include sack races, jump-ropes, a watermelon-eating contest, a watermelon seed-spitting contest and more.

The celebration was almost canceled earlier this year after the city of Yakima pulled funding. Yakima Federal Savings & Loan and Tire Centers of Yakima saved it, agreeing to step in as title sponsors.

Free shuttlesFree shuttle bus service will be provided to State Fair Park for the Fourth of July celebration by Yakima Transit.

Shuttle buses will operate continuously every 15 to 20 minutes from 3:30-9:30 p.m. and from 10:30-11:30 p.m. from three park-and-ride lots.

The park-and-ride lot locations will be at the Gateway Center on Fair Avenue in front of Office Max and Target, Eisenhower High School at the bus turnout on Tieton Drive near 40th Avenue and Wide Hollow Elementary School at 72nd Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard).

After the fireworks show, additional shuttle buses will be on duty to return riders to the park and ride lots. The last shuttle buses of the evening will leave State Fair Park at 11:30 p.m.

Weather

It should be a picture-perfect summer day in the Yakima area on Thursday with mostly sunny skies and a high of 85, according to the weather service.

Other community events

  • In Selah, a July 4 celebration starts at 3 p.m. at Carlon Park, 300 E. Goodlander Road. There will be performances by the Chase Craig Band, American Honey, and Cody Beebe & The Crooks, as well as kids’ activities and vendors. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
  • In Sunnyside, the 25th annual Sunnyside Lions Fourth of July celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. at Clem Senn Football Stadium, 702 S. 16th St. Fireworks begin at dusk.
  • In Granger, a fireworks display will begin at dusk at Hisey Park.

Fireworks

Personal use fireworks are prohibited in the city of Yakima and most of Yakima County. Only four cities allow them, with limits: Granger, Mabton, Moxee and Zillah. Click here for more information.