Eatonville’s annual Independence Day July Celebration begins in just one week — July 3. The festivities start in the evening Eatonville really starts at the July 3 festivities and fireworks show. Throughout the evening there are activities and great food, along with live music by The Aury Moore Band and the Brothers Rowe.
The fireworks show and music are at the Eatonville Middle School field. Parking is $10 at the middle school, 207 Carter St. E.
“It’s hard to beat spreading out a blanket and taking in some America the beautiful,” said Chamber of Commerce President Alana Smith. “We celebrate our nation’s independence with dazzling fireworks display. There’s something enchanting about enjoying Independence Day the same way people have for decades, even if past generations weren’t able to Facebook their celebration selfies.”
The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Independence Day celebration each year.
Then, the next day, the parade takes center stage. Lineup for the parade starts at 11 a.m. July 4 at the Eatonville School District Office at 200 Lynch St. W.
“The annual Parade is a hometown tradition that draws spectators to Eatonville to celebrate Independence Day,” Smith said. “There is still time to join in the Eatonville parade. Parade entries applications are available to pick up at All About You Salon and the Eatonville Community Center.”
The 4th of July celebration also includes a pickup truck raffle, at $1 per ticket. Tickets are available at Arrow, All About You Salon, Center Street Junction, the Eatonville Community Center, or from Chamber of Commerce board members.
For more information about the raffle, you can call Alana at (360) 219-5879 or Kelli at (253) 691-8679.
“Each year this event relies entirely on community donations to put on the event, and people are always ready to contribute. There’s a special closeness in our small town, we see this when there’s a need in our community people are there to help,”Smith said. “These events are important to get communities together,” That impact goes beyond tradition and entertainment. It’s also about the economy. More spectators bring in more money for local businesses. Everybody wants to celebrate the Fourth of July. It has a huge impact on the community.”