Food, games, family activities and music are part of the fun times, including a pie-eating contest. A fireworks display, permitted by the city, starts at 10 p.m. There is no entry fee.
The featured bands include Speed Control from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and The Beatniks from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Speed Control, from Canada’s Yukon, plays riff heavy harmony rock. Steeped in jazz and classical background they have turned to their true passion – rock n’roll. Their music is reminiscent of rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s.
The Beatniks are a Northwest favorite. They perform the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with energy and passion that you won’t find anywhere. Capturing the essence of the music with their charisma, chemistry and natural talent is why people all over the world are fans of the band.
Parking at Lake Meridian Park is by permit only. Only valid state issued disabled parking plaques and permits issued by the Fourth of July Splash will be allowed. Follow event parking signs to the shuttle parking lots. Neighborhood parking is not advised as illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed.
A load and unload area is available at Lake Meridian Park. Police will direct you to the location. One person must stay with the vehicle at all times. Load and unload parking is 15 minutes only. Vehicles left unattended or not actively loaded or unloaded will be towed.
Personal fireworks are not allowed at the event because of the city’s ban against fireworks without a permit, which are only given for special displays.
Free shuttle bus, parking locations
Shuttle buses run approximately every 20 minutes from each parking area to Lake Meridian.
• Kent Fire Station 75, 15635 SE 272nd St.
• Kentwood High School, 25800 164th SE
• Mattson Middle School, 16400 SE 251st St.