From the JOLT employees
The towns of Lacey and Tumwater are inviting locals to attend their upcoming Independence Day events.
The town of Lacey invites locals to come to Chinook Middle School, 4301 6th Ave. on Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00 PM. (see map).
After a year of canceled celebrations, this is the first city-sponsored event. To comply with Thurston County’s health and safety guidelines, residents can drive up and watch the fireworks display, which is said to last 25 minutes.
Viewers can view the display from a variety of locations including North Thurston High School, Envision Career Academy, Martin Way, Safeway, Lowes, Hobby Lobby / Tractor Supply, and Capital Christian Center.
The parking spaces are expected to open at 8 p.m. However, this year’s event will not include traditional food stalls, stalls, and live music performances. The city also reminds viewers that pets, alcohol, firearms, tobacco products, barbecues, and personal fireworks are strictly prohibited.
The organizers are preparing for the heavy traffic in the area. To accommodate more people, RVs or trailers are not allowed in the parking lots.
Viewers can also go inside and see the fireworks as long as they follow social distancing guidelines. The event will also be broadcast live and can be replayed on the City of Lacey Facebook page.
Tumwater is hosting a Red, White, & Blue Drive-Thru event on Sunday, July 4th. This year’s parade differs from the previous celebrations in that the “entries” are stationary while the audience rides along. Marisa Worden, Tumwater City Recreational Marketing Specialist, said, “We’re a little joking that this year’s event is a ‘reverse parade’.
The parade takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall on New Market Street. Participants include military and veteran groups, as well as high school cheer and dance teams.
That evening, the city is hosting its “Thunder Valley Fireworks Show” at 10:15 pm on the Tumwater Valley Golf Course’s driving range. This year the city will not open the venue for public viewing.
However, there are several good places in the Tumwater area that residents can drive past to see the fireworks, including Tumwater Hill and North Street Park.