Edmonds Kind of 4th of July Parade: What you need to know

Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July parade. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Chamber of Commerce)

Here’s what you need to know about the Edmonds Kind of 4th of July festivities planned for downtown Edmonds. The Children’s Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and the Main Parade begins at noon.

1. Please do not place chairs on the parade route until after 6 p.m. Monday, July 3.

Chairs and other items placed in the right-of-way along the parade route before 6 p.m. Monday, July 3 will be removed by the public works department. They may be retrieved during regular business hours at the Public Works Building at 7110 – 210th St. S.W. 425-771-0235.

Got your chairs ready? Wait until 6 p.m. July 3 to put them along the July 4th parade route.

2. Road closures begin at 6 a.m. on July 4; plan accordingly for driving and parking.

3. ADA parking: Several parking spots are reserved for ADA use in the Edmonds Library west parking lot during the parade.

The Brackett 5K runners start off in 2022.

4. Baby Brackett 1k and Beat Brackett 5k will begin at 8 a.m. in City Park and run through Woodway. Registration is closed and there is no in-person registration option on race day.

5. Food trucks will be set up at 5th Avenue North and will be operating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kool Kidz Ice Cream • Ice cream bars & popsicles

Big Dog’s • Hot dogs, chips & beverages

Goodbelly • Malasada (Hawaiian style) filled doughnuts

Pacific Northwest Catering • Breakfast burritos and other breakfast favorites

Smash Box • Assorted grazing boxes

Additionally, the following restaurants and cafes on or near the parade route have confirmed they will be open for service; please call or check their websites for exact hours.

*Chamber member. Please thank them, as their membership supports the free community events produced by the Edmonds Chamber!

    • Open: Rusty Pelican*, Thai Cottage*, Mar•ket*, Vinbero*, Red Twig*, Salish Sea Brewing Co.*, Las Brisas*, Edmonds Bakery*, Walnut St. Coffee*, Claire’s*, Leftcraft, Starbucks, Oasis Tea Zone, Canarino Gelato, Pancake Haus, Furi Chinese, Cafe Louvre,
    • Open later in the day: Salt & Iron*, SanKai*, Taki Tiki*, Fire & The Feast*, Kelnero*, Churchkey 

6. The Edmonds Food Bank will be running a PB&J donation drive during the parade. Any attendees who are able, please bring peanut butter and jelly or other non-perishable food donations to the parade. Then, watch for the Food Bank shopping cart brigade in the parade, and carefully place (do not throw!) donations into one of their carts.

7. There will be no fireworks show in Edmonds this year. The City of Mountlake Terrace hosts a celebration and fireworks display at Lake Ballinger Park on July 3.

8. For lost and found, the chamber office at 121 5th Ave. N., Edmonds  425-670-1496

9. For maps, schedules, full food truck list, bathroom locations, road closures, visit www.EdmondsFourth.com or call the Log Cabin Visitors Center at 425-776-6711. The visitors center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

10. The Edmonds Police Department’s drone vehicle will lead the parade and then put on a demonstration at Civic Center Playfield between the skatepark and the playground. Drone pilots will be on hand to answer questions and give a flight demonstration.


Joe Mclalwain, executive director of the Edmonds Center for the Arts, will be the 2023 grand marshal of the Edmonds Kind of 4th of July parade. (Read more here.)


  1. Sadly, our fourth has now been reduced to just a parade. No more fireworks for the community celebration. I seem to recall a substantial community turnout/ participation from our residents.
    This also helped reduce individuals lighting off their own in more remote neighborhoods.
    We have lost ALL Fireworks display in our home town.
    Lost the Local Fire Fighters waterworks at our Edmonds City park.
    Long ago stopped the Chicken Q in our Edmonds City park.
    It seems Edmonds is pushing it’s residents out of town for their celebration of their festivities.
    Possibly Kingston still has a celebration for our countrys Independence Day.

    1. This nice message was posted in the My Edmonds Neighbors group:
      “Tim Davis Images – It looks like Edmonds has a great parade planned for the 4th.
      Kingston would like to invite our neighbors across the water to join us after your events for an afternoon, evening and Fireworks finale of fun. Fireworks will start at 10pm and finish by 10:45, allowing you to return home on the 11:10pm ferry.
      Come and join us for music in the park, a wine and beer tent and of course, Fireworks!”

    2. Sad to see so many of our local traditions going away. I’m familiar with the local Firefighters waterworks and the fireworks display, but do not remember the Chicken Q — could you describe that event please?

      1. The Chicken Q was a fund raiser for my old Boy Scout troop (301) We pre sold tickets and the troop and their families would cook and serve barbecue chicken meals in Edmonds city park.

  2. It would be nice, if the people, lucky enough to have a seat on the parade route, would sit in them! They sit until the parade starts then jump up, blocking the view of those standing behind.

  3. Helen – I agree all those things that were part of the 4th are no longer – not sure why. I also wish the beat the bracket race would end through the parade route so we can cheer the runners as they finish – my kids and now grandkids miss that!

  4. This year’s 4th of JULY Parade and festivities should prove to be a ‘great success’. Ryan Crowther, Alicia Moreno, Erika Sugg, and Kaitlin (and all the Chamber of Commerce volunteers) have put in a lot of work!! I will be attending with our whole family!

  5. Years ago, my family attended the fireworks show at Civic Field…

    From an earlier MEN article (4/11/2023): “The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is not planning to produce a fireworks show this year. According to the chamber, locating the event has been a challenge and the increasing cost of pyrotechnics and production and infrastructure for the single Fourth of July fireworks event now nearly equals the expense of five of the Chamber’s free community events throughout the year.”

  6. We enjoyed the fantastic fireworks display last night at LakeBallinger park, put on by the city of Mountlake Terrace. I see no reason why we Edmonds folks can’t enjoy a show put in by our neighboring city. When the stadium area by the boys and girls club gave way to that beautiful park, we should be able to adjust where we go to see fireworks……Ballinger Park offers lots of grass, good activities during the day which all can enjoy…it was a fun day on July 3rd.

  7. Banning personal fireworks and now the City’s choice of not having a public fireworks show. The ban on personal fireworks years ago was sold because of the city having a public show on the evening of the 4th. Slowly our country’s independence is being forgotten.

  8. A key thing people “need to know” about the parade is WHEN DOES IT START? That is not mentioned anywhere in the article…

    1. Apologies. This information was pulled from an earlier article and that part was left off. We just noted start time– 11:30 for the children’s parade and noon for the main parade — Teresa

  9. From the “myedmondsnNews” hit on Google…” Fireworks will start at 10pm and finish by 10:45, allowing you to return home on the 11:10pm ferry. Come and join us for music in the park, a …” Posted 5 days ago. Unfortunate that this wasn’t edited.

    1. This was a comment left by someone who saw a post on My Edmonds Neighbors inviting Edmonds residents to attend the Kingston fireworks show.

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