Third of July celebration set for Ballinger Park July 3

3rd of July fireworks light up the night sky over Ballinger Park. (My Neighborhood News Network file photos)

Once again the City of Mountlake Terrace will be hosting the 3rd of July Family Celebration at Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Dr., Mountlake Terrace.

This year’s festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and will include live music, a DJ and food trucks. A fireworks display over Lake Ballinger will be the highlight of the event when darkness falls at approximately 10 p.m.

Attendees wait in line for food trucks at the 2022 3rd of July Celebration at Ballinger Park.

Food trucks include:

Ryan’s REZ-ipes
Yummy Catch
The Vet Chef
Billy Cheesesteaks
Pie Bar Seattle
Yay Big Yay High Yay Ice Cream

Although personal fireworks are illegal in the city, the Mountlake Terrace City Council authorized a fireworks display with a professional pyrotechnics company. The fireworks show will take place over the lake. The boat launch and waterfront areas, including the new fishing pier, will be closed. The spectator viewing area will be on the hillside within the park – directly to the south and southeast of the Mickey Corso Community Clubhouse (also known as the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center).

Park and clubhouse restrooms will be closed to the public but there will be portable restrooms onsite. Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared for any weather conditions. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area as there may be congestion.

There is no onsite parking available, so walking, biking and rideshares are strongly encouraged. Limited parking for guests with disabilities is available at the clubhouse parking area. Other options include free parking at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center or paid parking at the Nile Shrine, 6601 244th St. S.W., followed by a walk along the Lakeview Trail.

More information can be obtained via email or by calling 425-744-6287.

  1. Please bring our 4th of July fireworks back to Civic Field as it is a longtime tradition and great community event!

    1. We’re you at the last 4th of July event there?? The crowd was being bombed by fireworks…barely any food trucks unless u wanna wait 2 hours in line for overpriced doughnuts, no actual entertainment besides that terrible fireworks ty plz keep it at Ballinger

  2. The Lake Ballinger event is awesome. The best community celebration around. Good food, great fireworks, and a nice diverse crowd. It helps that I can walk there.

  3. Anticipating the complaining from folks about it being on the 3rd. Just FYI for families with children who keep them up late to celebrate, it is so much easier to do that with having the 4th off from work the next day. If you NEED to celebrate on the 4th, then go to a 4th celebration like the crummy one that Edmonds puts on. All that aside and living very near to Lake Ballinger in Edmonds, the fireworks display alone is worth attending and we have not been disappointed. Question though – the park is currently closed for restoration due to the Army Corps of Engineers project, particularly in the area people congregate and set up to enjoy the event. Is the area going to be opened up in time for the 3rd? Also to cut off additional complaining about parking, it might make sense for some easy parking to be pointed out by the event organizers. Remember the Interurban Trail provides easy access to the event if you do not mind walking or biking a bit. Thank you to the City of Mountlake Terrace and other partners involved for this event!

    1. My understanding is tha the viewing area on the east side of the park will be open as the construction is on the west side of the park. The article does suggest parking at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center (free), then walking down the hill, or there will also be paid parking at the Nile Golf Course.

      1. Thanks, Teresa! My parking comment was more for those folks on the Edmonds side of the lake. Many people last year parked in our neighborhood and then walked the Interurban. It didn’t bother us one bit as residents and we were happy to see people coming out to celebrate. Although that was the joint event with Edmonds which I am assuming increased the attendance quite a bit.

        1. Hi Tom — yes, there is a lot of street parking available in nearby neighborhoods on the Edmonds side as long as walking isn’t an issue.

    2. Tom you seem to be in the know any idea when the new playground toys will be open north end of Lake Ballinger? Bill O

  4. HaHaHa I love this comment. Yep head em off at the pass Tom. Very wise. 1. They often don’t celebrate Halloween on Halloween for this reason. So ok. Yes Its a little different but I don’t think people will mind. 2. Parking is always an issue everywhere it seems so I am sure people will make do. Have fun. Also try for more food trucks. It would be nice to have maybe some Mexican Food dishes. Easy to eat and fast to prepare ( some) Thanks for the laugh, Tom. Priceless.

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