Fireworks, fun, music at Kent’s Fourth of July Splash

Annual event July 4 at Lake Meridian Park

Pie-eating contests are part of the fun at the Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park. FILE PHOTO

Pie-eating contests are part of the fun at the Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park. FILE PHOTO

Music, fun, games and a fireworks display are part of the city of Kent’s annual Fourth of July Splash event at Lake Meridian Park.

The free festival goes from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, at the park, 14800 SE 272nd St.

Parking is limited and by permit only at the park. Only valid state issued disabled parking plaques and permits issued by the Fourth of July Splash will be allowed. Drivers can load and unload at the park with a 15-minute limit.

Free shuttle buses will run about every 20 minutes between three sites and Lake Meridian Park:

• Kent Fire Station 75, 15635 SE 272nd St.

• Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. SE, Covington

• Mattson Middle School, 16400 SE 251st St., Covington

Games, family activities and art projects from noon to 5 p.m. include bouncey houses, T-Bird Puck and Shoot, Republic Services recycling activity, photo booth, giant Jenga, food booths, pie eating contest and more.

Stage Performances

Isabella Carlone – 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Abigail Neilson – 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Pie Eating Contest – 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Traught – 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Root5 – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Headline Performers

• Alec Shaw Band: 6- 7:30 p.m.

Shaw is a Seattle-based indie rock artist who experiments with different genres of music, ranging from folk to reggae to rock. He writes and works along-side Maple Valley-raised artist Zan Fiskum. Shaw and his band have begun generating a buzz in the local music scene with radio play and live shows featuring a signature brass section.

• Aaron Crawford: 8- 9:30 p.m.

Crawford blends Country/Americana with inspirations from nearly every genre, including Seattle rock and roll. His music is an expression of his life experiences and his love for music and the Northwest. His career took off as the duo Crawford and James; since then he has gone independent and released two albums, with a third due out in the spring of 2018.

Fireworks Finale at 10 p.m.

Presented by the Lake Meridian Community Association and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services, with additional support from Edward Jones-Dean Saggau CFP, Lake Meridian Chiropractic, Marlatt Funeral Home, Reber Ranch, Side Track Bar and Grill, Kent East Hill Shell, Dr. Michael Campbell DDS, Meridian Valley Country Club and Dr. Corrie Pollard.

Personal fireworks are not permitted within the city of Kent.