The 4th of July is right around the corner!
The Bellevue Downtown Association, City of Bellevue and our sponsors invite you to join us in the Downtown Park to celebrate America’s Independence Day this July 4th!
The 25th annual Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The largest 4th of July celebration on the Eastside will take place in Bellevue Downtown Park where families and friends can enjoy food, games, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show.
The Bellevue Downtown Park is located one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way in downtown Bellevue.
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Bellevue, WA 98004
Here are a few additional ways to get to the festivities:
Consider taking the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center located at NE 6th Street & 108th Avenue NE. The Bellevue Transit Center is less than 5 blocks from the Bellevue Downtown Park and offers evening transit service to and from Seattle and many surrounding areas. Visit King County Metro’s Online TripPlanner to help plan your bus route or Choose Your Way Bellevue for other travel options. Bus routes will operate a Saturday schedule on July 4th so be sure to check the schedule at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/schedules/ for your route.
Bike or Walk
Summer is here and this is the best time of year to bike! Throw your blanket in your backpack and don’t forget your bike lights! You can plan your route with the City of Bellevue bike map or the interactive King County bike map.
Limited bike parking is available at the park at these locations (don’t forget a lock to secure your bike!): space for six at the playground entrance, space for two at the north end of the southeast parking lot, space for two on the gravel path at the eastern entrance, and space for six in the pavilion space at the north end.
Rideshare with family or friends. Make a plan to meet at a nearby park-n-ride.
If you’ve got a few extra seats in your car, try On The Move Bellevue to find a ridematch. You can view the Family 4th Event and “Add Trip to Event” here to find a ridematch. Access downtown Bellevue by car from SR-520, I-405 or I-90. If you’re carpooling, make use of the HOV access ramps on I-405 at NE 6th Street, open only to vehicles with two or more occupants.
If you are driving or carpooling with your family, once you get downtown there are a few parking options. Complimentary event parking is offered after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square (access off NE 8th and Bellevue Way), Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place).
Using Lincoln Square (access off Bellevue Way) or Bellevue Place (access off NE 8th or Bellevue Way) allows for a much quicker post-event exit. Free parking also is available in the visitors’ lot at Bellevue City Hall (450 110th Avenue NE) – and a much quicker way to exit downtown post-event if you are willing to walk a couple blocks.
After the event, drivers are encouraged to use NE 2nd Street, NE 10th Street or NE 12th Street to cross I-405 and quickly exit downtown.
Eastbound I-90 from Seattle:
Just past the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Merge onto Bellevue Way heading north approximately 3 miles. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located on the left side of Bellevue Way, one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.
Westbound I-90 from Issaquah:
Take the Bellevue Way exit and head north approximately 3 miles. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located on the left side of Bellevue Way, one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.
Northbound I-405 from Renton:
Just past the I-90 interchange, take the NE 4th Street exit. Head west on NE 4th Street. Turn left on Bellevue Way. The park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.
Southbound I-405 from Kirkland:
Just past the 520 interchange, take the NE 4th Street exit. Head west on NE 4th Street. Turn left on Bellevue Way. The park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.
Eastbound 520 from Seattle:
Before reaching the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Merge right onto Bellevue Way heading south. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way, just south of Bellevue Square.
Westbound 520 from Redmond:
Just past the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Turn left onto Bellevue Way heading south. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way, just south of Bellevue Square.
Please Note the below traffic changes:
- At 6 p.m., in anticipation of high volumes of pedestrian traffic, eastbound Northeast Fourth Street, from 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way, will be closed to vehicles;
- At approximately 9:30 p.m., the following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic near Downtown Park: Northeast Fourth Street, from 100th Avenue to Bellevue Way; southbound 103rd Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Second Street to Main Street, and 100th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast First Street to Northeast Fifth Street;
- After the fireworks display, there will be several lane restrictions and turn restrictions on streets near Downtown Park and Bellevue Square. They include Bellevue Way, Northeast Fourth Street, Northeast Eighth Street, 100th and 102nd Avenue Northeast.
- When leaving the event, drivers are encouraged to use Northeast Second Street, Northeast 10th Street or Northeast 12th Street to cross I-405 and quickly exit downtown.
Stay safe out there and enjoy the fireworks and other festivities!
-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer, Augusta