Kent’s Fourth of July Splash coming up at Lake Meridian Park

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 12:11pm
  • Life

A girl competes in the pie-eating contest in 2016 at Kent’s Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park. File Photo

Celebrate America’s independence at Kent’s 19th annual Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.

The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4.

The free event features family entertainment including live music, children’s activities, food and drinks and culminates with a fireworks display.

“It’s a pleasure to host the Splash at Lake Meridian for what has become a great community tradition,” said Kent Parks’ Cultural Programs coordinator Mark Hendrickson in a city media release. “It’s a super family event and a fantastic venue to celebrate Independence Day.”

Free shuttle buses starting at noon will take visitors to Lake Meridian Park from Kent Fire Station 75, 15635 SE 272nd St.; Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. SE; and Mattson Middle School, 16400 SE 251st St.

Family activities run from noon to 5 p.m. Highlights include bounce houses, recycling activities from Republic Services, Kent Parks and Recreation carnival games, Seattle Thunderbirds Puck Shoot and hands-on activities.

City officials remind residents the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks are prohibited in Kent, except for permitted displays. This marks the first year of a new city ban on fireworks. The former city code allowed fireworks to be discharged on July 4 and the sale of fireworks from June 28 to July 4.

This year’s stage lineup may be the best in Splash history, according to city staff. The evening concludes with a special performance by country artist Dylan Jakobsen, a Seattle native.

For more information, visit or call 253-856-5050. The Splash is presented by Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Kent Arts Commission.

• Splash Event Schedule

11:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting for new Lake Meridian dock; elected officials will cut the ribbon to celebrate

Noon-12:30 p.m. Spotlight Dance; local dance studio performers

12:45-1:30 p.m. Abigail Neilson; sings Taylor Swift-inspired originals

1:45-2:15 p.m. Roomers Performance Team

2:30-3:15 p.m. Pie Eating Contest

3:30-4:15 p.m. Root5; Americana, five-piece Kent-based band

4:30-5:30 p.m. Norman Baker, Seattle based folk/Americana/country blues music

6-7:30 p.m. Bobby Medina and the Red Hot Band; America’s top Herb Alpert Tribute show

8-9:30 p.m. Dylan Jakobsen; rising star of country music

10 p.m. Lake Meridian fireworks display

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