Kick off your summer with Edmonds’ longest running celebration. For 109 years the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the annual all-day party to celebrate America’s birthday.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to downtown Edmonds for this traditional good old fashioned community 4th of July. Come early for the always fun 5K run/walk, then stay for a lively fun-packed day and evening with two patriotic parades, fantastic food, music, dancing and fireworks!

Beat Brackett 5K

Get your “An Edmonds kind of 4th” off and running with the “Beat Brackett 5K” family-friendly run/walk! Join other runners, walkers, kids of all ages and parents with strollers and chase ol’ man George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds, through the downtown streets to the finish line. For even more fun, decorate one of the ol’ man Brackett beards that will be distributed, and wear it during the race!


  • Performance running shirts
  • Electronic timing with RFID chips
  • “Beat ol’ man Brackett” competition
  • Awards ceremony with medals for top finishers
  • Costume contest for best “4th themed” runner



Nothing says 4th of July like a patriotic community parade! Sit back and enjoy two parades for the price of one at the “An Edmonds kind of 4th” celebration, or show your community spirit and bring your family, business or organization out to march in one of the parades.

New this year is a parade theme, which is “Edmonds – small town, big heart,” and participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into their decorations.

Register for the Children’s Parade in the IGA parking lot - 5th Ave S. and Howell St. - from 10:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. The Children’s Parade welcomes local kids and families in their best red, white and blue holiday costumes, along with decorated bikes, scooters, strollers and wagons! Awards for “Best Bike/Scooter,” “Best Wagon/ Stroller,” “Most Patriotic,” and “Most Original.”

*Please no pets, motorized or battery operated vehicles or propaganda in the staging area of parade route.

At 12:00 PM, enjoy the Main Parade’s fun and colorful mix of marchers, patriotic costumes, music, floats and classic cars from local businesses, bands, dance groups, civic organizations, police, fire and military groups, and even some Star Wars characters! There are six different awards categories from Most Patriotic to Best Decorated. To march in the parade, simply fill out a registration form, along with $25 per group and $25 per vehicle, and be ready to march at noon on July 4th! (See the Main Parade page to register to march in the parade.)

Food and Entertainment

Grab some fun and delectable food to keep your energy up for the rest of the day and evening. Kona Ice and Here and There Grill will be by the fountain at 5th and Main during the parade until 2:00 p.m.

The party is just getting started! After the parade, take a stroll around town, visit the waterfront or grab lunch at a local restaurant— perhaps a delicious sandwich and a handcrafted beer at Salish Sea Brewing Co.—until the evening festivities. Then cap off your fun-filled “An Edmonds kind of 4th” with a night of fabulous food, entertainment and fireworks, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Visit over a dozen local food trucks and vendors to grab some dinner or get your face painted:

Break out your dance moves when DJ Wendy hits the stage at Civic Stadium at 6:00 p.m.

Brackett’s Beard & Mustache Contest

Attention all facial hair aficionados, come join the first ever Brackett’s Beard & Mustache contest! In honor of George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds, who himself donned stylish facial hair, we will offer prizes to winners of the Best Natural Mustache, Best Natural Beard, and Best Festive (where anything goes – all ages, male or female, natural or fake fur welcome!) categories.

Come to the stage in Civic Field at 8:30 p.m., get your photo taken, and display your face to the judges at 9:15 p.m. Contest held at 9:15 p.m. at Civic Field Stage, before the Fireworks Show. Register in advance online or show up early to fill out a consent form.


Ooh and aah as the skies over Edmonds come alive with the flash, colors and bang of a dazzling fireworks display set to traditional music. Arrive early to find seating in the grass or on the bleachers. Do not sit in the upper roped-off section of the bleachers as you will not be able to see the firework display from there. The firework show will begin at 10:00 p.m. with a local singer performing the National Anthem.

Be safe as you head home after the long fun day, and be sure to mark your calendars to make “An Edmonds kind of 4th” your annual Independence Day tradition!

Schedule of Events

Beat Bracket 5K Fun Run/Walk 10:00 a.m.
Children’s Parade 11:30 a.m.
Main Parade 12:00 p.m.
Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition (City Park, 3rd Avenue South and Pine) 2:30 p.m.
Food Vendors and Evening Entertainment (Civic Stadium, 6th & Bell) 6:00 p.m.
Brackett’s Beard and Mustache Contest Consent 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks (Civic Stadium, 6th and Bell) 10:00 p.m.


2016 Vendor Application 2016 Children’s Parade Registration Form 2016 Main Parade Registration Form 2016 Beat Brackett 5k Registration Form 2016 Brackett’s Beard and Mustache Contest Consent Form



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