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4th of July: Parade, music, fireworks, baseball, skating, free food in Everett

Enjoy a full day of 4th of July fun in Everett
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Pack up the kiddos and head to Everett for a full day of patriotic fun in Everett. Choose from a full schedule of activities including a parade, kids’ events, cheap ice skating, free snow cones, a police open house and amazing fireworks! Free Everett Transit shuttles (see more under tips below) to the parade and fireworks.

Everett 4th of July 2014 Colors of Freedom Celebration:

8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Fire on Ice
Comcast Community Ice Rink
2000 Hewitt Ave

Discounted price of $4 (includes skate rental) for all ages

11 a.m.
Colors of Freedom Parade
Colby and Wetmore Avenues ~ between Wall and 26th streets

Who doesn’t love a parade? This one has fun floats, dance & drill teams, giant puppets, marching bands, stilt walkers, silly clowns and much more. Parents may prefer to bring low lawn chairs during the parade.

Noon to 4 p.m.
Star-Spangled Celebration
Imagine Children's Museum
102 Wall Street Everett
$9.50 general admission/Military families are admitted free

Families can add to their holiday with a variety of kid oriented projects including a personal own Fourth of July.

Noon to 3 p.m.
Fun in the Sun Street Fair
First Baptist Church ~ Pacific and Wetmore Avenues

FREE family-friendly fair with pony rides, live music, children’s activities, antique car show along with free snow cones, cotton candy and more.

Noon to 4 p.m.
Everett Police Open House
3200 Wetmore Ave.
Kids can pick up a "Passport to the Police" then head out on a fun and informative search through a fun building maze. Everyone who complete their passport will earn a fun prize. Kiddos can also spend time with police officers, detectives, crime scene investigators, K-9 handlers and even robots!

1 to 11 p.m.
Colors of Freedom Festival
Legion Memorial Park
145 Alverson Blvd.

All day family fun with live music, free kids’ activities, a food fair and holiday entertainment to keep everyone busy until the 10:20 p.m. fireworks. There is no parking at Legion Memorial Park so attendees need to catch the free Everett Transit shuttle at the Everett Community College Broadway lot or Everett Station.

7:05 p.m.
Everett AquaSox Baseball
Everett Memorial Stadium
3900 Broadway Ave
Tickets start at just $7

Come out and watch the Aqua Sox take on the Tri-City Dust Devils. Stay and enjoy the post-game fireworks. Aqua Sox players will be wearing special 4th of July caps that will be autographed and auctioned off at the end of the game.

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Everett 4th of July 2014 Colors of Freedom Celebration TIPS:

Since this could be a long day, remember to pack sunscreen, water bottles, healthy snacks and of course a camera. Because this is Washington, layers are a good idea along with jackets for the evening.

Save money by packing a lunch to eat while enjoying the view of Port Gardner Bay

Along with Legion Park, the Grand Avenue Park (1800 Grand Ave.) is a great place to view the Thunder on the Bay Fireworks.

For an extra treat while watching the fireworks, tune radios to 1520 AM.to hear a simulcast music program.

Shuttle and parking information:
All Everett Transit buses operate free of charge on July 4th! Try catching the bus from your neighborhood to avoid the hassle of parking. Shuttles leave every 15 minutes from 12:30-9:45 p.m. Last shuttle to festival for fireworks viewing leaves Everett Station and N. Broadway EVCC parking lots at 9:45pm. Shuttles will be waiting to return passengers to their parking lots after the Thunder on the Bay fireworks show.

Military families get in free at 2,000 museums through Labor Day 2014