4th of July Fun in Tri-Cities
Parades, pancakes, baseball, car shows, and plenty of fireworks — Tri-Cities’ patriotism is on full display for the 4th of July with these annual, and mostly free, activities hosted throughout Independence Day Weekend.
Summer in Tri-Cities brings longer days, meaning you have more time to visit our over 200 wineries, attend a local music festival, and explore our vast outdoor spaces, filled with hiking and biking trails, picturesque waterways and ample opportunities for birding. Summer also means the return of the region’s most popular seasonal celebrations, including Juneteenth and a range of patriotic 4th of July festivities that are perfect for the whole family. See below for some of the can’t miss Independence Day celebrations occurring in 2022.
Pasco's Grand Old 4th of July Celebration
The Pasco Grand Old 4th of July Celebration is a summer staple of the Tri-Cities, featuring two days of family-friendly patriotic activities, ranging from community pancake breakfasts and bike rides to grand parades and fireworks.
Saturday, July 2nd
The 4th of July fun begins on Saturday, July 2, with a Family Bike Ride at Riverview Park from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Families can choose to bike distances between two and seven miles for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Those interested in participating must pre-register for free online.
Monday, July 4th
Start Independence Day on a healthy note by heading to Gesa Stadium — home of the Tri-City Dust Devils minor league baseball team — for the return of the annual Camp Patriot 4th of July 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. With proceeds benefiting non-profit organization Camp Patriot, participants of all ages are invited to register for either distance and run while outfitted in their most patriotic attire, ultimately crossing — or sliding — at home plate inside the stadium.
After your run or bike ride — or if you’d rather begin the day with a hearty breakfast — make your way to Memorial Aquatic Park for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. From 7:00-11:00 a.m., the Kiwanis Breakfast Club will use over 70 pounds of batter to serve a whopping 1,200 pancakes topped with 5 pounds of blueberries, 20 pounds of strawberries, 4 pounds of chocolate chips and 7 gallons of maple syrup. Hope you’re hungry.
The Pasco Grand Old 4th of July Parade — Mid Columbia’s oldest and largest 4th of July parade — returns for 2022 with a new, extended route through downtown Pasco beginning at 10:00 a.m., featuring patriotic floats, bands and performers from the community.
The Camp Patriot Show & Shine Car Show takes center stage from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Memorial Aquatic Park, as local car connoisseurs show off their custom rides, including cars, trucks, boats, bikes and motorcycles.
In the evening, turn your eyes to the sky as Pasco’s Grand Old 4th of July Celebration comes to a thunderous close with a Grand Old 4th of July Fireworks display at the Pasco Sporting Complex beginning at 10:00 p.m.
Other Independence Day celebrations and activities in Pasco include a 7v7 soccer tournament hosted at the Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association’s Soccer Complex on July 2nd and the time-honored Cardboard Regatta on July 4th, which tests the buoyancy of homemade cardboard vessels at the pool in Memorial Aquatic Park.
Tri-City Dust Devils Fireworks Nights
Tri-Cities’ minor league baseball team, the Dust Devils, will host two fireworks nights on Independence Weekend, one on Saturday, July 2nd and another on Sunday, July 3rd. Both games preceding the fireworks will be against the Hillsboro Hops, and should make for a picture-perfect summer day at the ballpark with the family.
Benton City 4th of July 5K
Another of the region’s more athletic Independence Day events, the Benton City 4th of July 5K welcomes walkers, joggers, runners and racers of all ages to navigate the scenic, flat course that winds through Benton City, just west of Richland, from 7:00-10:00 a.m. on July 4th.
Registration is available online and the entry fee ranges from $10 to $20, depending on how early you register. Proceeds from the race will go towards exercise stations that will be placed along the Benton City Walking Path.
Additional 4th of July activities in Benton include a kids parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.
River of Fire Festival
Hosted in Kennewick’s waterfront Columbia Park, the annual River of Fire Festival returns for 2022 with games, entertainment, food and activities that will delight the entire family. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m., with games and activities in the Kids Zone to keep the kids occupied and a beer garden serving up local suds for the adults. Enjoy live entertainment from Eagles tribute band, Fast Lane, and high-energy country rock band, Stomping Ground, and feast on an assortment of cuisine from local food trucks.
The festival concludes around 10:00 p.m. as spectacular fireworks launched from a barge illuminate the sky over the majestic Columbia River.