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

June, 19, 2013

Sonja Mejlaender,
Community Relations and Events, 425-430-6514 or (cell) 206-794-3271
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator 425-430-6569

Renton, WA – The City of Renton and event co-sponsor, The Landing, invite you to experience Independence Day from the shores of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton.

For the past 10 years, the barge and fireworks display was positioned 1,000 feet from shore and shells went a maximum of 600 feet in the air. This year, the fireworks will be launched from the Ivar’s water walk, 300 feet from shore, and shells will go a maximum of 300 feet in the air. The change in launch location is due to increased regulations in hazardous materials transportation and safety standards. Residents who have previously enjoyed the show from the surrounding hills may not be able to see the show this year – depending on their viewing angle.

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 the shores of the lake 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 several locations close to the park. 

Event Schedule: 
7:00 a.m. – Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Opens
Noon to 8:00 p.m. – Free KidZone Activities
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Free Rides in Voyageur Canoes
1:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Stage Entertainment
10:00 p.m. – Fireworks display from the shores of Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Stage Entertainment: 
1:30 p.m. – Renton City Concert Band
3:15 p.m. – Parrot Ambassadors
4:30 p.m. – Convergence Zone Bluegrass Band
6:00 p.m. – African All Stars
7:15 p.m. – Official Welcome & National Anthem
8:00 p.m. – Oncore, R&B Dance Hits 

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 larger 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 Avenue N. and Garden Avenue N.

  • There is no event shuttle service.

  • Parking for a few 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 available 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 who are 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