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Renton's Fabulous 4th of July and Fireworks at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

June 18, 2010

For more information contact:

Sonja Mejlander, Community Relations & Events, 425-430-6514
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

RENTON, WA—The City of Renton and returning presenting title sponsor "The Landing" invite you to experience Independence Day in Renton.  Celebrate the country’s birthday—let the kids play in a bounce house, enjoy lots of great stage entertainment and take in one of the eastside’s most popular fireworks displays along the shores of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

The celebration will have something for everyone, including free children’s activities and face painting from noon  to 8:00 p.m., stage entertainment from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. sponsored by Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments, and a professional fireworks display from a barge on Lake Washington at 10:00 p.m.  Over 20,000 people enjoy the festivities in the park each year, with many more viewing the beautiful fireworks display from boats, canoes, kayaks, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Schedule of Events:
7:00 a.m. – Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Opens
Noon to 8:00 p.m. – Free Inflatable Activities and Face Painting

Stage Entertainment:
1:30 p.m. – Renton City Concert Band
3:15 p.m.  – The Parrot Lady
4:30 p.m. – Pan Duo, Steel Drum
6:00 p.m. – Hettel Street Blues
7:15 p.m. – Official Welcome & National Anthem
8:00 p.m. – Oncore, R&B Dance Hits

Ivar’s, Kidd Valley, PerkStop Espresso, and beachside concessions will be available all day in the park.

Event attendees are encouraged to join the city in “greening” Renton’s larger scale events by using the recycling receptacles in the park.

The following hours will be enforced at the boat launch:
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. – No launching of watercraft at the boat launch.
9:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. – No pickup of watercraft at the boat launch.
Before 9:45 p.m. – Boat pickup is allowed.

Parking is limited at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and is not permitted along Lake Washington Blvd. Parking is available on Houser Way North, on the top two floors of the parking garage at The Landing, and in the lot located at 915 N. Landing Way.  No shuttle service will be provided to offsite parking areas.  Parking for a fee will be available for vehicles and boat trailers at The Bristol Apartments at Southport along Lake Washington, located between Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Boeing.  ADA pick-up and drop-off will be available in the boat launch area. Vehicle access to Lake Washington Blvd. will be restricted beginning at 10:15 p.m. to facilitate exit of pedestrians and vehicular traffic.  Lake Washington Blvd. will reopen at approximately 11:15 p.m. Attendees who are not picked up before 10:00 p.m., will need to wait for pick-up until approximately 11:15 p.m. when Lake Washington Blvd. has reopened.

Personal fireworks, alcohol, pets, enclosed tents, table umbrellas, and pop-up canopies will be prohibited.  Small umbrellas and umbrella chairs will be permitted. Only small barbeques will be permitted.  Personal fireworks are banned within the Renton city limits at all times and the ban will be actively enforced.

The City of Renton has been very fortunate to develop sponsor relationships with two community partners, The Landing and Sanctuary & The Reserve Apartments.  The Landing is not only a supporting sponsor of the event, but made its commitment at the highest possible level by establishing a three-year title sponsor relationship for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

The success of Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Renton's largest one-day event, can be attributed to the ongoing support of our event sponsors.  Please join the City of Renton in thanking our sponsors by exploring their services and patronizing these Renton-based businesses.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.  For additional information about Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July event call 425-430-6600 or visit