Some of the biggest parties of the summer are coming up as we celebrate Independence Day here in Lewis County. There is really no need to travel very far – we have everything you could want in terms of fun activities, fairs, food and – of course – fireworks. Check out this list for four full days of fun and excitement for the whole family.
The Randle Firefighters’ Association has you covered for Fourth of July fun, with four full days of events the entire family will like. Their schedule is as follows:
July 1-4 – Flea Market at the Randle Fire Station, located at 9978 US Highway 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.
July 1-2 – Firefighter’s Breakfast at the Randle Fire Station from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The breakfast benefits the Randle Firefighter’s Association. You will have a choice of pancakes or biscuits and gravy.
July 3 – Fireworks show at White Pass High School located at 516 Silverbrook Road. The fireworks will begin at approximately 10:00 p.m. Donations are accepted to support the show, which is free.
For more information, visit their Facebook page.
On July 4, the historical Borst Home and adjoining buildings will be open for tours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fort Borst Park. On the lawn, they will have a to-scale display that shows the amount of living space Fort Henness had for the 224 people who dwelled there, including the Borsts and other local homesteaders, from 1855-1856. The event is free, but donations are always welcome. For more information, visit the Borst Blockhouse website or their Facebook event page.
The Lewis County Fire District #3 will be having their fireworks on July 4th starting at dark, approximately 10:00 p.m. The show lasts roughly 30 minutes. Spectators can park at the school. No personal fireworks are allowed on school grounds. More information can be found at the Mossyrock Fire and EMS website.
The Centralia Police Officer Association’s Summerfest Run is a great way to burn off some calories so you can eat more July 4th barbecue. The run is a “flat, fast 8k.” Or you can just enjoy the scenery by participating in the 1.5k Health Walk/Run. There will be free t-shirts for all participants as well as special awards. The run costs $20 and will take place at Fort Borst Park from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. July 4. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m.
The City of Centralia pulls out all the stops for one day of good old fashioned Independence Day fun. There are things going on throughout the city starting bright and early at 7:00 a.m. with the free pancake breakfast. The following are the highlights of the day at the different locations.
Your day will start at Borst Park, where the fun lasts all morning and afternoon with plenty of free activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Free pancake breakfast: from 7:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. at kitchen #2.
SWAT challenge: registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the event starting at 8:00 a.m near the Dick School Little League field. Cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt.
Activities: at the south end of Borst Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be free games, entertainment, hay rides, and even a fish tank with poles and bait provided. There will be police and fire department displays, a historical military display as well as vendors.
Hot dog lunch: hot dogs will be served at kitchen #1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
After having fun in Borst Park, it’s time to head over and snag a spot to watch the Windermere Centralia 4th of July Summerfest Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Happy Birthday to Our George Washington.” The parade starts at 4:00 p.m.
Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
After the parade, your final destination will be the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds to finish your July 4th fun. You won’t want to dawdle, as tickets go on sale for the Destruction Derby at 5:00 p.m. There are no advance sales. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 or over, $7 for ages 6-12, seniors 65 or over, and active military, and free for kids under 5 years of age. The Destruction Derby starts at 7:00 p.m.
And finally to end the evening is the fireworks display following the Destruction Derby, approximately 10:30 p.m. The firework show is free and there is plenty of room for spectators.
For more information on Summerfest, visit the City of Centralia’s website or call 360-330-7688.