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

June 25, 2012

Sonja Mejlaender
, Community Relations and Events 425-430-6514
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Renton's Fabulous 4th Renton, WA – The City of Renton and event co-sponsor The Landing invite you to experience Independence Day in Renton. Celebrate our nation’s birthday—let the kids play in a bounce house, enjoy great stage entertainment and take in one of the eastside’s most popular fireworks displays along the shores of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

The celebration will have something for everyone, including free children’s activities and face painting from noon to 8:00 p.m. sponsored by Coal Creek Family YMCA, stage entertainment from 1:30 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. Over 20,000 people enjoy the festivities in the park each year, with many more viewing the beautiful fireworks display from boats, canoes, kayaks, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Event Schedule:
7:00 a.m. – Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park opens
Noon to 8:00 p.m. – Free KidZone activities

Stage Entertainment:
1:30 p.m. – Renton City Concert Band
3:00 p.m. – Guys and Dolls Teen Musical Vignette
4:00 p.m. – Erwilian, Contemporary Folk
5:45 p.m. – Stacy Jones Band, Blues
7:15 p.m. – Official Welcome & National Anthem
8:00 p.m. – Oncore, R&B Dance Hits
10:00 p.m. – Fireworks Display

Ivar’s, Kidd Valley, and beachside concessions will be available all day in the park.

Attendees are encouraged to join the city in “greening” Renton’s large scale events by using the recycling receptacles in the park.

The following hours will be enforced at the boat launch on July 4th:
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. No launching or pick-up of watercraft

Attendees should note the following parking and access information:

  • Parking is limited at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and is not permitted along Lake Washington Blvd.
  • Parking is available on Houser Way North, on the top two floors of the parking garage at The Landing, and in the parking lot located at N. 8th Street, Park Ave. N., and Garden Ave. N.
  • There is no event shuttle service.
  • Parking for a fee will be available for vehicles and boat trailers at The Bristol Apartments at Southport along Lake Washington, located between Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Boeing.
  • Courtesy pick-up and drop-off will be allowed in the boat launch area. Access to the boat launch will not be available between 9:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
  • Vehicle access to Lake Washington Blvd. will be restricted beginning at 10:15 p.m. to facilitate exit of pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Lake Washington Blvd. will reopen at approximately 11:15 p.m. Attendees not picked up before 10:00 p.m. will need to wait for pick-up until Lake Washington Blvd. reopens at approximately 11:15 p.m.

Park rules prohibit the following: pop-up canopies, enclosed tents, table umbrellas, large barbecues, personal fireworks, alcohol, animals, pets, nets, poles, and projectiles (i.e. frisbees, footballs, etc). Small umbrellas and umbrella chairs will be allowed. Only small barbeques will be permitted. Personal fireworks are banned within the Renton city limits at all times and the ban will be actively enforced.

The success of Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July, Renton's largest one-day event, can be attributed to the ongoing support of our event sponsors. The City of Renton has been very fortunate to develop sponsor relationships with three community partners, The Landing, Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments, and Coal Creek Family YMCA Please join the city 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 the event,  call 425-430-6600 or visit rentonwa.gov