The sale, use or possession of fireworks is prohibited in Bellevue and most neighboring Eastside communities served by the city’s Fire Department. However, the public alternative is a nice one -- the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th at Downtown Park.
In effect since 1994, the ban on fireworks for personal use has significantly reduced the number of fires and injuries common with fireworks use. Communities in addition to Bellevue that prohibit common fireworks (anything that involves flames or sparks and/or that flies or explodes) are:
- Beaux Arts Village
- Clyde Hill
- Hunts Point
- Yarrow Point
Fireworks are allowed from 9 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth of July in unincorporated areas served by the Bellevue Fire Department – an area south of Interstate 90 near Eastgate and the Hilltop area. Residents should not use fireworks if they are unsure exactly in which jurisdiction they reside.
The City of Newcastle also allows the sale of fireworks from June 28 to July 4 and their use on the Fourth of July.
Residents are encouraged to attend public displays of fireworks. Family events and food vendors start at 5 p.m. at the Symetra event and the fireworks show begins shortly after 10 p.m. Parking is available at Bellevue Square after 6 p.m., but alternate transportation is encouraged.
A new Fourth of July public fireworks display is planned for Lake Boren Park in Newcastle. Music and picnicking begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. Due to limited parking, residents are encouraged to find alternate means of transportation to the event.
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