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Renton's Fabulous Fourth of July and Fireworks at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

June 28, 2008

For more information contact:

Sonja Mejlaender, Community Relations & Events, (office) 425-430-6514
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-630-6569

RENTON - Join us in Renton this 4th of July and celebrate the country’s birthday by letting the kids play in a bounce house, enjoying lots of great stage entertainment and taking in one of the eastside’s most popular fireworks display at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

The celebration has something for everyone, including free children’s activities and face-painting from 12 to 8 p.m., stage entertainment from 1 to 9:30 p.m., free shuttle service from 9 a.m. to midnight, and a professional fireworks display from a barge on Lake Washington at 10 p.m.  Average attendance at the park has been 20,000 for Renton’s 4th of July event, with many more viewing the beautiful night-time fireworks display from boats, canoes, kayaks, West Hill, Mercer Island, Newcastle, and Renton’s Kennydale and Highlands neighborhoods.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 a.m. - Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Opens
12:00-8:00 p.m. - Free Inflatable Activities and Face-Painting
1:00 p.m. - Renton City Concert Band
2:30 p.m. - “Once Upon A Mattress,” Summer All Teen Musical Vignette
3:15 p.m.  - Eric Haines, Juggler
4:30 p.m. - Back Burner, Swingin’ Bluegrass
6:00 p.m. - African All Stars, World Music
7:15 p.m. - Official Welcome & National Anthem
8:00 p.m. - The Protektors, Classic Rock ‘n Roll

Ivar’s, Kidd Valley, Jet City Espresso and Beachside Concessions available all day in the park. 

New this year, recycle containers for plastic bottle and aluminum cans will be placed throughout the park.  Event attendees are encouraged to use these receptacles and join the city in “greening” Renton’s larger scale events.

The following hours will be enforced at the Boat Launch:

  • 8 - 11 p.m. - No launching of watercraft at the boat launch.
  • 9:45 p.m. - 11 p.m. - No pickup of watercraft at the boat launch.
  • Until 9:45 p.m. - Boat pickup is allowed.

Event parking will be available in Boeing lots located at N. 6th St. and Park Ave N., and N. 6th St. and Garden Ave. N.   Free Shuttle Service will be provided to the park from these lots from 9:00 a.m. to approximately midnight. Additional parking will be available for a fee at The Bristol Apartments at Southport along Lake Washington, located between Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Boeing.

Please note that park rules prohibit alcohol, pets, enclosed tents and pop-up canopies.  Only small-size barbeques will be permitted.  In addition, a fireworks ban is in effect within the Renton city limits and the Police and Fire Departments will actively enforce the ban.  Violators are subject to both criminal and civil citations and can be fined $100 to $500.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.  For additional information about Renton’s Fabulous Fourth of July event call 425-430-6600 or visit the city’s website at