Red, white, and blue will soon be decorating the streets again as the Yakima community plans to celebrate one of the summer’s favorite holidays, the 4th of July! That means it’s time for barbecues, fireworks, and festivities. To help celebrate Independence Day for 2022, check out these local events in and around Yakima for the 4th of July.
Red, White and Blues Festival
Historic Downtown Prosser
The second annual Red, White and Blues Festival will be held by Historic Downtown Prosser this upcoming July 2 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. This family fun, free event will highlight area blueberries, patriotism, and blues music. The Prosser Farmers Market will be moving to the Depot Square for this special day of celebration to house additional vendors, games, face painting, live music, and more! Joining in on the festivities are the Prosser Friends of the Library. They will be on-site telling stories while crafting up some fun. Find local restaurants that will be showcasing area blueberries in specialty drinks and tasty treats throughout the day.
2nd Annual 4th of July 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
513 N. 3rd St., Yakima
Yakima community members can join CSC Yakima at the newly remodeled Miller Park this July 2 and 3 for their 2nd Annual 4th of July 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. It’s two fun-filled days of basketball but don’t forget to register online if you want to play ball! Four games are guaranteed for participants, with the competition open to all age groups. Champions will get to go home with prizes, and there will be vendor booths on site for those who find themselves on the bench.
7th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest
51 Firing Center Rd., Yakima
Bullseye Burgers, Subs, and More celebrates this 4th of July with their 7th annual hot dog eating contest. Sign-ups are open now for those interested in taking on the challenge. Just direct message their Facebook page to throw your hat in the ring. Rumor has it there will be some big eaters headed their way for the competition this year with their eye on the prize since first place earns $1,000!
State Fair Park 4th of July Celebration
1303 S. Fair Ave., Yakima
There’s fun for everyone at State Fair Park’s annual 4th of July Celebration this upcoming holiday weekend. Celebrate Independence Day as early as July 1 at the park by stopping in for their 4th of July Carnival, complete with thrilling rides for the young and young at heart. Everyone’s favorite food vendors will be returning this year, meaning patrons can enjoy a picnic in the park if they want to bring their own blanket.
Kiddos can enjoy the Kids Zone while waiting for the fireworks display to start at 10 p.m., along with other fun attractions like this year’s new foam pit and water tunnels to cool off. Also, keeping the crowd entertained until the light show is the “King of the Valley” Racing Series and Demo Derby. They’re celebrating Independence Day the community way, and they want you to be there! So much so, that parking and admission are free to the public on July 3 and 4!
Selah’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
300 E. Goodlander Rd., Selah
Community members can gather in Carlon Park the morning of the fourth for the start of Selah’s Independence Day Celebration, which will begin with their annual Firecracker 5k fun run and walk. After the exercise, celebrators can return to Carlon Park for local food vendors, fun activities for the kids, a beer garden, and live music, all counting down to the magical fireworks display to end the night’s festivities.
Prosser Old Fashioned 4th of July
1301 Sommers Ave., Prosser
Offering an old-fashioned feel for this year’s celebration is Prosser’s Old Fashioned 4th of July at City Park for the holiday weekend. They will celebrate our country’s Independence Day with some good old-school fun and games, entertainment, BBQ, and more!
The day starts with a Car Show n ‘Shine with check-in at 8 a.m. and the show lasting from 10 until 2 p.m. The Kiddie Parade will be taking off at 10:30 a.m. from the County Courthouse, where kids will ride in style as they deck out their bikes and wagons for the parade. Later, the Little Miss Prosser pageant will be held at the Sylvan Stage at 11:30 a.m. The night will end with fireworks at dusk presented by Prosser Rotary.
No matter how you choose to celebrate our nation’s patriotic holiday, one thing is for sure — the night will end with a bang no matter where you go as fireworks decorate the night sky as bright as the stars on the American flag. So, grab your sparklers and get ready to celebrate Independence Day as a community in Yakima, showcasing our country’s patriotism in unity for the 4th of July!