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Renton's Fabulous 4th of July and Fireworks at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 23, 2009

For more information contact:

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

July 4th FireworksRENTON--The City of Renton and new presenting title sponsor "The Landing" invite you to experience Independence Day in Renton.  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 displays along the shores of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

The celebration has something for everyone, including free children’s activities and face-painting from noon  to 8:00 p.m., stage entertainment from 1:00 to 9:30 p.m. sponsored by Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments, and a professional fireworks display from a barge on Lake Washington at 10:00 p.m.  Average attendance at the park has been 20,000 for Renton’s 4th of July event, with many more viewing the beautiful 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 Noon – 8:00 p.m. – Free Inflatable Activities and Face-Painting

Stage Entertainment:  The stage is located north of Kidd Valley in the grassy amphitheatre and the entertainment is sponsored by Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments.

1:00 p.m. – Renton City Concert Band
2:00 p.m. – Official Welcome & National Anthem
2:30 p.m. – “Footloose,” Summer All Teen Musical Vignette
3:30 p.m.  – Jeannette Baker, Line-Dancing with Audience Participation
4:45 p.m. – The EriAm Sisters, Teen Sensations
6:00 p.m. – The Protektors, Classic Rock ‘n Roll
7:15 p.m. – Official Welcome & National Anthem
8:00 p.m. – Brickhouse Band, Dance Hits
10:00 p.m. – FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Ivar’s, Kidd Valley, PerkStop Espresso, and beachside concessions will be available all day in the park.  Be sure to visit the Event Information Booth, located just north of Kidd Valley, for summertime community event information and sales of 2009 IKEA Renton River Days products such as adult and youth t-shirts, tank tops, hats and mugs.

Again this year, containers for recycling plastic bottles 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:
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - No launching of watercraft at the boat launch.
9:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - No pickup of watercraft at the boat launch.
Before 9:45 p.m. - Boat pickup is allowed.

Parking is limited at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.  Parking is not permitted along Lake Washington Blvd.  Street parking is available on Houser Way N., accessible from Lake Washington Blvd. and using the underpass going under Sunset Blvd.  Event parking will be available on the top two floors of the new parking garage at The Landing and in the lot of the former Joe’s store.  No shuttle service will be provided to offsite parking areas.  ADA pick-up and drop-off will be available in the boat launch area.  Additional parking for a fee will be available at The Bristol Apartments at Southport along Lake Washington, located between Coulon Park and Boeing.  Fee parking at The Bristol is $10.00 for cars and $20.00 for boat trailers.

Please note that personal fireworks, alcohol, pets, enclosed tents, and pop-up canopies are prohibited.  Umbrella chairs are permitted. 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 & Emergency Services Departments will actively enforce the ban.  Violators are subject to both criminal and civil citations and can be fined $100 to $500.

The City of Renton has been very fortunate to develop sponsor relationships with two community partners, The Landing and Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments.  The Landing is not only a supporting sponsor of the event, but made its commitment at the highest possible level - establishing a three-year title sponsor relationship.  Therefore, Renton's event will be "presented by The Landing" for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

The success of Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Renton's largest one-day event, can be attributed to the on-going support of our event sponsors.  Please join the City of Renton in thanking our sponsors by exploring their services and patronizing these Renton-based businesses.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.  For additional information about Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July event call 425-430-6600 or visit the city’s website at rentonwa.gov.