No July 4th fireworks in Edmonds this year; chamber will support 3rd of July Mountlake Terrace show instead

3rd of July fireworks lit up the night sky over Ballinger Park in 2016. (My Edmonds News file photo)

As registration continues for Edmonds Kind of 4th of July events — including two downtown parades and fun runs — the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday there won’t be any fireworks over Edmonds this year. Instead, the chamber will be sponsoring and supporting the City of Mountlake Terrace’s 3rd of July fireworks show held over Lake Ballinger.

The regular Edmonds location for launching fireworks — Civic Field — is still under construction and other options are “off the table,” the chamber said.

“We hope our financial support of the Mountlake Terrace show will help make it even larger than past years” said Greg Urban, Chamber president and CEO. “With the fireworks show over Lake Ballinger, it will be a delight for residents of both communities this summer.”

Lake Ballinger is located between the cities of Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds, and in past years — prior to the COVID pandemic — the 3rd of July show has launched from the City of Mountlake Terrace’s Ballinger Park, with a public viewing area available there. More information about the show will be provided after the Mountlake Terrace City Council approves the details of the event during its April 18 business meeting.

Meanwhile, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will continue to host several popular Edmonds Kind of 4th traditions, starting with the Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K events. Also returning this year after a COVID-19 hiatus is the popular children’s parade with over 1,500 kids and parents marching down the street decked out in patriotic attire. That will be followed by the main parade, where you can march with your business or group, or just enjoy the 90-plus floats and entries.

Here are more details about the Edmonds events:

Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K 

Registration is open to participate in the 2022 Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K. If you want a Beat Brackett Race Shirt, then you must register by May 9. If you just want to run the race (without getting a race shirt), register by June 27.  For more information and to register, visit

Children’s parade 

To march in the children’s parade, show up at the Ace Hardware parking lot (5th Avenue South & Howell Way) to sign up on July 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Entry is free, and the parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m.

Main parade 

To march in the Main Parade with your business or group, sign up at by June 20. Not marching? Then find a spot along the mile-long parade route and take in all floats and groups as they march down the streets of Edmonds.

Sponsorships for An Edmonds Kind of 4th are available by emailing


  1. Well That sounds nice. It will be nice for out upper corridor to see them too. I hope to be able to see them at my home which is away but fireworks go real high. So Hoping to watch. Sounds fine to me.

    1. Lake Ballinger? Great spot for our downtown Edmonds businesses. Why not just give our tax dollars to Renton? We still have the Frances Anderson center, the city park and the beach don’t we? Wait, did we give those to Mountlake Terrace as well? Genius!

  2. Considering the construction limitations, it sounds like the Edmonds Chamber made a good decision to support another local fireworks show – that also borders the eastern boundary of our city and is accessible to Edmonds residents. I’m glad we can partner with the Mountlake Terrace event in a way that is beneficial to everyone. I also like that Mountlake Terrace’s event is on the eve of Independence Day – I get to enjoy the show and sleep in on the holiday! Plus its a substantial discount to hold a fireworks show any day other than Independence Day or New Years Eve.

    1. In many ways, Mountlake Terrace is actually an example of a city which can come together and work on projects and solutions that benefit the entire community, unlike what is happening currently in our city.

  3. The Chamber should consider the idea for using the Whale Watching boat and wonder over toward Kingston to see their great display on the 4th. This could be a fund raiser for the Chamber. Seats could be sold to the highest bidder.

  4. Most of Edmonds is like an amphitheater, looking down on Puget Sound, so why not launch the fireworks off a boat in the middle of Puget Sound, and then they’d be seen by a large number of residents, rather than driving towards 99 to see them from there? There’s not enough space at and around Lake Ballinger for two towns to gather.

  5. Have it in October, halfway between July 4th and New Year’s. As actual dates seem not to matter, this simple solution would kill two holidays with one rocket, and save tons of money that could then be spent on, say, an expensive consultant about something vital, like perhaps the color schemes of public buildings and its effect on attracting tourists.

    (for the irony-challenged /s)

  6. Two things. First, as a Lake Ballinger resident, I can confirm that the fireworks show over the lake is fantastic and the size of the park will accommodate many, many individuals. It is one of the best parks in the region and is primarily used by the communities right around that area. Secondly, I am happy to see that folks who do not understand that there are actually other parts of Edmonds actually need to venture out of the Bowl to see for themselves. Take it as a great learning opportunity.

  7. No traffic jam and loud noises until near mid-night at my place this year. (Although great view of the fireworks for 20 min.s or so most years). I knew some good things would come from that over budget, over the top park remodel downtown. Every silver lining has an unexpected pretty cloud I guess. Good for Uptown/International to get some action for a change. A little change now and then is a good thing for everyone to learn to appreciate each other more in the long run.

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