Photo by Collin Walker
Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk – 9 a.m. July 4, 2016
The Àegis of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk, a non-competitive 4K, begins at 9 a.m. on the morning of 4th of July at Ashwood Park. The jog & walk will also end at Ashwood Park where refreshments, activities and a costume contest will take place. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome! Hundreds of dogs will be in attendance, so it is not recommend anyone bring other types of pets or dogs in heat.
For more info click here.
Bellevue Family 4th – 2 p.m. July 4, 2016
The Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR hosts the largest Independence day celebration on the eastside, and this year is the 25th anniversary! The event takes 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.
For more info click here.
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.
The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.
|Park and Ride
||Most Direct Route
||Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center
||Additional route options
2700 Bellevue Way SE
|Sound Transit 550
||Bay 1, departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays
14200 SE Eastgate Way
||Bay 1, departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays
8000 N. Mercer Way
|Sound Transit 550
||Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays
10610 NE 38th Place
|Metro 234 or 235
||Bay A, departs every 15 minutes on weekdays, and every hour Saturdays and Sundays
|Overlake Park and Ride
2650 152nd Avenue NEOverlake Transit Center
15590 NE 36th Place
||Bay 7, every 15 minutes during peak travel times
13001 116th Way NE
||I-405 Totem Lake South Bound Freeway Station, departs every hour on weekends
|Sound Transit 535**
||I-405 Totem Lake South Bound Freeway Station, departs every hour on Saturday
*Weekday service only
**No Sunday service
Tips for riding transit to downtown Bellevue:
- Carry your exact fare in cash: Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper and coin currency. ORCA transit passes are also accepted provided they have a value equal to or greater than the required fare (if not, a cash supplement may be required).
- Free fares for children: Up to 4 children ages 5 and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
- All buses are wheelchair accessible.
- Return trip to park and ride: Plan ahead by locating the bay where you will wait to catch a bus back to the park and ride, as well as determining when the last bus leaves to get you there. Schedules are posted at each bay to assist you.
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. Bike racks are available throughout the city (though bike parking is generally limited), and so are great pedestrian paths. If you’d like a hard copy of a bike or pedestrian map follow this link to request one (will be mailed after the 4th) or stop by our office!
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 Choose Your Way Bellevue to find a ridematch. You can view the Family 4th Event and “Add Trip to Event” here to find a ridematch.
South Kirkland Park-n-Ride
South Bellevue Park-n-Ride
Mercer Island Park-n-Ride
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:
- Before the fireworks, at approximately 9:30 – 9:45 p.m., some streets near Downtown Park will be closed to vehicle traffic: NE 4th Street, from 100th Ave to Bellevue Way NE; and 100th Ave NE, between NE 1st to NE 5th streets. After the fireworks, the following road restrictions will be put in place to help clear traffic leaving downtown.
- Right turns will be prohibited from 100th Ave NE to NE 8th Street, drivers may turn right on NE 10th Street
- Right turns will be prohibited from eastbound NE 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Ave NE and Interstate 405. Access to I-405 from NE 10th Street will be via NE 116th Street.
- Left turns will be prohibited from southbound Bellevue Way NE to eastbound NE 4th Street. Drivers headed to I-90 or I-405 may continue south on Bellevue Way.
- Various other lane closures and turn restrictions, as needed, to move traffic quickly out of the downtown core. When traffic volumes decreases, road will reopen and turn restrictions will be lifted.
Stay safe out there and enjoy the fireworks and other festivities!