Bellevue Family 4th of July, the largest event on the Eastside celebrating the patriotic holiday, has been canceled. According to the City of Bellevue, the decision was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order extension, and Washington’s phased plan for eventually allowing gatherings over 50 people.
City of Bellevue and Bellevue Downtown Association event organizers explored other intermediate and smaller-scale options for alternatives to the popular event. However, they agreed that alternative plans for a public celebration would still bring together a large gathering.
As Patrick Bannon, President of Bellevue Downtown Association states, “Safety is paramount, especially now as we try to bounce back from the pandemic… We are grateful for such strong sponsor and community support, and we’ll plan to celebrate Independence Day in a big way next summer.”
Bellevue Family 4th normally bring together at least 60,000 visitors to the Bellevue Downtown Park. The celebration includes music, food, and a fireworks show set to a live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Four on the Fourth, the dog jog and walk that accompanies Bellevue Family 4th, is also canceled. This annual event benefits Seattle Humane in Bellevue.