Pasco’s the Place for a Grand Old Fourth of July!

There has been an Independence Day celebration in the City of Pasco for more than six decades. It all began in the 1970s when the Pasco Chamber of Commerce put on a fireworks show at Edgar Brown Stadium. Over the years, the Independence Day celebration has changed and evolved to the multi-day event the city sponsors today.

The City of Pasco took over planning and implementation of the Grand Old 4th of July celebration years ago and has worked hard alongside its community partners to expand the activities. There is truly something for everyone to participate in.

The 2024 festivities will begin with one of the newest activities — the Free Family Bike Ride. It started in 2021 during the height of the pandemic, when public gatherings of any kind were discouraged. The bike ride was and continues to be a way to get your family outside for a bit of good old-fashioned fun and exercise. To make it even better, it takes place on the shores of our beautiful Columbia River. The bike ride is on Saturday, June 29, at 8 a.m., and it starts and finishes in Riverview Park behind the Little League baseball fields in Pasco.

Events on the 4th of July begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. in Memorial Park. The Kiwanians have been hosting this breakfast for about 35 years. Take the entire family out for pancakes, ham, juice and coffee for just $7 per person.

The pre-parade Kids Street Dance begins at 9:15 a.m. in front of the grandstand on 14th Ave. A local DJ will play your favorite dance tunes, and students from the Dance Connection will lead all the fun dances from “YMCA” to the “Whip/Nae Nae.” Parents are encouraged to get out and dance with their kids.

The Grand Old 4th Parade has been a staple of the celebration for more than 35 years. What began as a small parade has blossomed into something much larger. Every year, thousands of spectators pack the parade route, which will begin this year on the corner of 3rd and Sylvester and circle clockwise through the streets of Pasco, pass by Memorial Park and ultimately end at 4th and Sylvester.

The parade route was lengthened in 2022 to accommodate the much larger crowds that are now gathering to watch this Independence Day tradition. Parade participants include equestrian entries, marching bands, car clubs, service clubs and local businesses. Many entries provide free items to spectators along the route.

The Cardboard Regatta is one of the most exciting activities of the day. Participants make homemade boats out of cardboard, duct tape, and other non-traditional materials, then race their boats across the Memorial Park pool to see who can cross the fastest —and, of course, whose boat can stay afloat. It’s a blast to participate in and to watch!

Other activities that take place during the day include the Camp Patriot Fun Run at the Pasco Sporting Complex at 8 a.m., and both wet and dry inflatables for kids to play on for free from noon to 4 p.m. in Memorial Park. Also from noon to 4 in the park, you can browse among cool cars at the Camp Patriot Show & Shine Car Show. If you have a special vehicle you’d like to show off, you can register that day from 9 a.m. to noon.

Finally, the day ends with everyone’s favorite free fireworks show at the Pasco Sporting Complex. Bring chairs and blankets to claim your spot in the field starting at 6:30 p.m., or find a seat inside GESA Stadium starting at 8 p.m. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Bring the entire family for a day of fun at Pasco’s Grand Old 4th of July Celebration! For more information, visit pascogo4.com.