An Edmonds Kind of 4th

Event Date: July 04, 2020

Kick off your summer with Edmonds’ longest running celebration. For 113 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 Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K, then stay for a lively fun-packed day and evening with two patriotic parades, fantastic food, music, dancing and fireworks!

Baby Brackett 1k & Beat Brackett 5K Race 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM
Children’s Parade 11:30 AM
Main Parade 12:00 PM
Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition (City Park, 3rd Avenue South & Pine) 2:30 PM
Food Vendors and Evening Entertainment 6:00 PM
Brackett’s Beard and Mustache Contest 9:15 PM
Fireworks 10:00 PM
Children’s Parade & Main Parade

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 ACE Hardware 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.

Beat Brackett 5K & Baby Brackett 1K


Get your “An Edmonds kind of 4th” off and running with the “Beat Brackett 5K” and “Baby Brackett 1K” 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!



  • Electronic timing with RFID chips
  • “Beat ol’ man Brackett” competition
  • Awards ceremony with medals for top finishers
  • Costume contest for best “4th themed” runner
  • Early Bird Registrations come with race shirts! Register before May 25, 2020 to get a shirt.

Thank you to the police officers, City of Edmonds and Town of Woodway for their efforts and work to make this run possible and safe for everyone.

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 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., 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 as 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!

Grab some fun and delectable food to keep your energy up for the rest of the day and evening. Food and treats 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 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. Want to be a vendor? LINK COMING IN JANUARY to register as a vendor in the evening.

Break out your dance moves with music on stage starting at 7:00 p.m.

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