Maple Valley Independence Day Picnic festivities begin at 4 p.m. July 4

The city of Maple Valley’s Annual Independence Day picnic is presented by this year’s title sponsor Fred Meyer with event sponsor Good Chevrolet.

At 10 p.m. the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra will fill the air with music as a firework show lights up the sky over Lake Wilderness.

Family Activities

Families with children will want to get to the park just after 4 p.m. to take part in the free arts & crafts booth with the Camp Wild staff where kids can choose from a variety of themed projects to take home - while supplies last.

Fred Meyer is sponsoring the Homemade Pie Baking Contest with $100 gift cards to the top bakers in the 3 divisions.

Also included in the day's events is a welcome speech from Mayor Allison, a veteran’s recognition followed by dancing to the live band playing classic rock–n-roll at 5 p.m.

Later will be traditional Independence Day picnic games including: a 3-legged race, gunny sack race, water balloon toss, parachute games and more.

Free face painting will also be available from 4-8 p.m.

Food & Drink

Support the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra by purchasing a delicious grilled burger or hot dog with all the trimmings. Also chips, candy, ice cream and soda pop will be available for purchase. Grilled items will be sold from 4-9:30 p.m.

Tips for viewing the fireworks

The best viewing for the fireworks display will be in the beach area. Music by Maple Valley Youth Symphony will be accompanying the fireworks, so for best listening and viewing be close to the stage as well. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to reserve your preferred viewing location.

Keeping it safe

The day of the show and during the show itself there will be a safety buffer setup on the park grounds and lake where the fireworks show will be fired. This area will be patrolled by the MV Police Explorers and King County Sheriff’s office aquatic unit.

Those attending are encouraged to walk to the park if possible and bring flashlights for use following the show. There will be limited free parking available in the main parking lot.

Seniors, ADA & event volunteers who are on the list will have limited parking available in the Lodge area.

Road Closure: The intersection at SE 248th

Wilderness Drive will be restricted or closed during the exiting process from the park following the fireworks so two lanes of traffic can be used. Drivers are asked to be patient and to follow all parking rules to avoid being towed.

Volunteers are needed to work in the Veterans Booth collecting names of local veterans during the Independence Day event. Contact: Maple Valley Parks & Recreation Department at 425.432.9953.

No alcohol or outside fireworks will be allowed in the park & Witte as well as SE 248th.


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