The 4th of July is about patriotism, food, fun and – best of all – fireworks in Centralia, Chehalis and Lewis County. We may not be able to congregate for parades or fireworks, but there are other creative options when it comes to having a fun and safe 4th of July. Here’s a complete guide on how to celebrate America’s birthday locally.

Centralia

Start the celebration off with style and purchase $5 flag shirts from Alderson’s Awards West Printwares. With many different colors, sizes and styles, stop by Thursday July 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and get patriotic gear for the whole family. Alderson’s Awards West is closed on Friday, July 3.

Since Summerfest is canceled, the City of Centralia is holding a fireworks display at Borst Park on July 4. Sponsored by Uncle Ando’s, this large show starts around 10:15 p.m. With both 8-inch and 10-inch shells, the display will be visible from all over the community to enjoy the event while social distancing.

To accommodate the fall zone, Borst Park, all sports fields and surrounding parking areas will be closed during the fireworks. Residents of Centralia are encouraged to watch from home or people can watch from open parking lots in the vicinity.

Photo credit: Mandi McDougall

Before the fireworks check out the Patriotic Parade and Display in historic downtown Centralia. On Saturday, July 4, see historic military displays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at America’s Team Museum. At 2:00 p.m. view a patriotic drive including historic military vehicles, vintage autos and street rods following the normal parade route. Spectators can line the roads to watch from a socially acceptable distance or park and watch from the car.

Chehalis

In Chehalis, don’t miss the 4th of July Parade – Americas Freedom hosted by the Veterans Memorial Museum. This static parade is drive-thru to ensure participants can be socially distanced and safe. From 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., enjoy floats and displays featuring historical groups and more from the comfort of your car.

Chehalis Centraila Scenic Railroad Dinner
Photo courtesy: The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad

Right next door to the Veterans Memorial Museum find the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad for a scenic and relaxing journey back into history through the Chehalis River Valley. Walk-ups are welcome to climb aboard with rides at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.

Enjoy both events and more fun with games, free parking and space to spread out. Bring chairs and enjoy $15 ribs or chicken and sides from Bonanza BBQ Food Truck.

Onalaska

Onalaska’s The All In hosts their annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday at 1783 State Highway 508. Enjoy great food and drink specials all day and stay to enjoy the small but impressive fireworks display around 10:00 p.m.

Mossyrock

Mossyrock Fire Department’s annual fireworks show is a dazzling display starting at dusk on the 4th of July. Set up your seat behind Mossyrock School and remember, social distance practice is encouraged.

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Show your red, white, and blue spirit at fireworks displays in Randle, Mossyrock, and Packwood. Photo credit: Lucy Page

Randle

The annual Big Bottom Blast Fireworks display hosted by Randle Firefighters’ Association starts at 10:00 p.m. at White Pass Jr. Sr. High School. Spectators should stay in smaller groups and follow the governor’s distancing and facial covering requirements. Donations for the fireworks are collected on-site or can be mailed to Fireworks, P.O. Box 351, Randle, WA 98377. Also, find a new treasure at the yearly Flea Market from July 3 to 5 behind the Randle Fire Station.

Packwood

Sponsored by the Packwood Fire Department Staff, the Community 4th of July Fireworks Display is always fun. Sunset is at 9:03 p.m. and the fireworks will begin when it’s dark. The display will be across from the Packwood Fire Hall and can be seen from almost anywhere nearby. Come early to get parking at nearby businesses and avoid blocking streets or parking on the highway, please.

Celebrate America with these beloved traditions even if they are a little different this year. Enjoy time with your family, see fun fireworks displays, explore local history and eat yummy food for a festive 4th of July.

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