The pandemic meant that people were largely encouraged to celebrate last year’s Fourth of July within the safety of their own social circles.
This year, with an end to some social distancing restrictions fast-approaching, local organizations are inviting the public back out to community Independence Day celebrations. And there are plenty for Lewis County locals to choose from.
1776 Day at the Veterans Memorial Museum
The Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis welcomes visitors to come see a Revolutionary War encampment on July 3 to experience life in 1776. Living historians will give a variety of presentations throughout the day, including fife and drum corps, militia infantry and artillery drills, a naval display, a patriotic musical performance, revivalist preaching, period children’s games and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. The Veterans Memorial Museum is located at 100 SW Veterans Way in Chehalis.
Randle Firefighters Association Big Bottom Blast
The Randle Firefighters Association will host a flea market behind the fire station July 2 through July 4, with fireworks at approximately 10 p.m. on July 3 at the White Pass School grounds, located at 516 Silverbrook Road.
Visit www.facebook.com/RandleFirefighters for more information.
The fireworks show is funded exclusively through community donations. Donations should be addressed to: Fireworks, P.O. Box 351, Randle.
Mossyrock Freedom Festival
This year’s weekend of festivities will celebrate first responders with a parade, live music, magic shows, a family dog show, pie eating contest and more. The fun kicks off with a blueberry pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. on July 3 and festivities continue until 11:30 p.m. on July 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 3, with a 30-minute break to honor two Mossyrock pioneering families at the Lemon Tree parking lot at 11 a.m. The dog show and car show both begin at 2 p.m., and the blueberry pie eating contest is at 4 p.m.
Tim Weible will parachute into Klickitat Prairie Park at 12:30 p.m. on July 4 and Police Chief Roger Morningstar will facilitate a flag ceremony at 1 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
There will be crafts and food vendors in Klickitat Prairie Park throughout the weekend, along with a beer garden.
Visit mossyrockfestivals.org for a full calendar of events.
Pe Ell Parade and Fireworks
The streets of Pe Ell will close at 10 a.m. on July 4 in preparation for a noon parade. Parade registration is free and anyone can register until June 30 — contact Jennifer at 360-291-2607. A fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. at Pe Ell School, located at 519 North Second St.
This year’s reduced slate of Summerfest festivities will take place July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Borst Park, located at 2020 Borst Ave. Shuttle service will be provided between Centralia High School and Fort Borst Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An historic vehicle display will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., showcasing antique fire trucks courtesy of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America. The display will also include military vehicles and a 32-foot Vietnam War-era river boat.
At 10 a.m., at the park’s South Stage, there will be a Fourth of July presentation honoring veterans and law enforcement officers. A kids bicycle parade, hosted by Bethel Church, will take place at noon in the parking lot and participants are encouraged to bring their decorated bikes to the area for staging at 11:30 a.m.
The Voetberg Family Band and Edgewater will provide live music.
Summerfest attendees will have their choice between two free lunches between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sierra Pacific will be serving hot dogs, chips and drinks, and Bonanza BBQ and Catering will serve pulled-pork sandwiches. Reichert’s Distributing will be handing out ice cream.
The holiday fireworks display starts at 10:30 p.m. at Fort Borst Park.
Oakville Parade and Car Show
The Oakville Independence Day Parade and Scoot the Route Car Show will be held in Oakville on June 3. The parade starts at 11 a.m. with check-in from 8 to 10 a.m.
There will also be vendors.
Visit the Oakville Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for more information.