You're Invited: Fourth on the Lake
Posted on 07/03/2019

Fireworks are banned in the City of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays light up the night sky. Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food and music at Lake Boren Park on July 4.

Newcastle’s annual Fourth on the Lake celebration starts at 6 p.m. when food vendors arrive. This year, attendees can purchase hot dogs, kettle corn, shaved ice, espresso drinks, cotton candy and appetizers from Yang's Kitchen!

Boy Scout Troop 827 will be selling light-up swords, bubble blowers and other toys. They’ll also sell raffle tickets for a special opportunity to kick off this year’s fireworks show! The raffle winner will get to press the lever that officially starts the fireworks.

Wondering how the fireworks show all comes together? Interested in the science behind fireworks? The show’s pyrotechnicians will share a behind-the-scenes look into their work. The professional crew from Alpha Pyrotechnics will answer your burning fireworks questions during a presentation that will occur at about 6:30 p.m. on the Lake Boren Park stage prior to the show.

“Head Pyrotechnician Matt Badgley and his crew are so knowledgeable and passionate about their work, and they always put on a great show for the City of Newcastle,” said Newcastle Communications Coordinator Christina Corrales-Toy. “Don’t miss this opportunity to get an inside look at what it takes to produce an unforgettable Fourth of July display.”

Soul Siren takes the stage at 8 p.m. The band plays everything from funk and soul to rock and top 40 dance favorites. The fireworks show begins when it gets dark at about 10 p.m.

“Fireworks are banned in the City,” Corrales-Toy said. “We’re asking people to respect the ban and come enjoy the Fourth with your friends and neighbors at Lake Boren Park!”

The main Lake Boren parking lot will be closed to general parking. It will be reserved for handicapped parking and pick-up/drop-off. As always, parking is available on the SPU waterline just west of Lake Boren Park. If you plan on parking here, please enter only on Southeast 84th Way and exit only onto 129th Avenue Southeast.

Call the police non-emergency number (206-296-3311) to report illegal firework activity.

Newcastle will also be selling special 25th anniversary T-shirts at the City booth. The T-shirts feature a special logo commemorating the City’s silver anniversary. Show your community pride and pick one up for $10 at any of Newcastle’s summer events. Cash only, please.

Fourth on the Lake is brought to you by Waste Management, Avalon Newcastle Commons, The Golf Club at Newcastle and BECU.

A MESSAGE FROM NEWCASTLE POLICE CHIEF JASON HOUCK:

"The 4th of July is one of the busiest days of the year for PD’s on all types of calls, not just firework calls. Residents, especially those towards the South End of the city should be aware that they are very close to (literally across the street from) unincorporated areas of King County where Fireworks are still legal. For fireworks in the City, we do ask that people respect the ban. NPD Officers will respond to as many firework calls as time and other calls permit when contact is requested. We will also have officers out in the next couple days leading up to the 4th on fireworks patrol. Possession of fireworks in Newcastle is a misdemeanor crime that COULD result in being taken to jail and large fines. However, as with almost every other police call, it will be at the officers discretion. I would encourage everyone to be a good, safe, law abiding neighbor, and respect the fireworks ban. I will also point out from my experience that the cost of your own fireworks far outweighs how long they last. If you took the amount of money that fireworks cost and instead made it a pile of 1 dollar bills and you lit those $1 bills on fire, that fire would last longer and wouldn’t shoot up in the air and come down on someone’s cedar shingle roof. Just sayin. Please be safe! I am sure Bellevue (WA) Fire Department would agree!"

Originally posted June 13, 2019. Updated July 3 to add information from Chief Houck.

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