Joyce McDonald
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Happy 4th of July, America!

As we celebrate America’s independence may we remember the cost of our freedoms. Many have sacrificed everything so we can enjoy democracy and freedom from tyranny. I am reminded of a famous quote “May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country”!  Daniel Webster.

Truly America has much to offer her citizens. It is here that you can make a life, leave a legacy and pursue happiness. We are privileged to enjoy the bounty of our forefather’s sacrifice and celebrate our modern day heroes. I continue to salute you America, land of the free and home of the brave.
The U.S. Open Championship is now behind us. It was an honor for Pierce County to host this historic event. I was able to attend and must add how well run and thought out it was from beginning to end. While much effort was put forth by all, I especially want to thank our law enforcement for their professionalism and protection. They coordinated efforts with over 36 agencies to help make this event safe and enjoyable for attendees and players alike. See the U.S.Open Kickoff Event Ceremony here!  

In this month’s issue, you will learn about Free Movies in the Park and see how to turn that old junk into cash at the Pierce County’s Annual Junk in Your Trunk event. There are several other suggestions for free family outings. Enjoy!
Warm Regards,


July 4th Safety

Fireworks and safety guidelines

1. Designate a responsible adult to light fireworks. Do not let children light them . (Remember, even sparklers can burn at temperatures of 1800º, nearly hot enough to melt gold!)

2. Use fireworks only outdoors, away from anything that can burn such as trees, buildings, bark dry fields, or wood storage areas.

3. Keep a bucket of water nearby to place all used fireworks in before final disposal. Have a connected water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.

4. Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished.

5. Duds can be dangerous! If a device does not light or fire, wait at least five minutes and approach it carefully. Do not try to relight. Place it in a bucket of water to soak.

6. Never throw fireworks at people, cars, pets or things that burn.

7. Never hold fireworks in your hands, or discharge them in glass or metal containers.

8. Keep pets indoors, with doors and windows closed tightly. Be sure they have identification tags in case they become frightened and run away.

9. In case someone is injured know basic first aid, the emergency number to call, and your address/location.

10. Dispose of used fireworks after soaking in a trash can with water when finished. Don’t leave a mess.
In unincorporated Pierce County fireworks may be discharged on PRIVATE property with the permission of the property owner.

Be sure to follow the fireworks manufacturer’s safety precautions.


For more information contact the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau @ (253) 798-7179.

Freedom Fair

Freedom Fair on the Ruston Way waterfront

Join us all day on the 4th of July for  Freedom Fair , featuring all the usual 4th of July activities, air shows, great food, vendors, exhibits, rides, and events - along with a lot of very exciting new ones! It's the South Sound's biggest annual event, and a party that you don't want to miss! The event ends with the Northwest's biggest firework show over Puget Sound! Visit the  website for more information. 

More firework shows in Pierce County

Washington State Fair
Friday July 3 rd,  2015
110 9th Avenue SW
Puyallup, WA 98371-0162

(253) 845-1771 


  • Event: Community Fireworks Celebration
  • Place: Eatonville Elementary School
  • Date: July 3rd
  • Time: Dusk
  • Event: Freedom Fest
  • Place: Cowan and Memorial Stadiums, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Time: Dusk
Lake Tapps
  • Event: Fireworks Displays
  • Place: Center of Lake Tapps
  • Time: 10 p.m.
  • Event: Steilacoom’s Grand Old Fourth of July
  • Place: Lafayette Street, Downtown
  • Time: Dusk
Federal Way Family, Fun & Fireworks at Celebration Park
  • 1095 S 324th St, Federal Way, WA 98003
  • Saturday, July 4
  • FREE On-site parking opens at 3:00 pm
  • Event grounds open at 3:30 pm
  • Event begins at 4:00 PM
  • Free Admission
This year's festival features international cultural performances, live blues, rock and dance music from Puget Sound artists, food and fun activities for the entire family! 

Main Stage Line-up 
  • 4:00 PM -  La Grande Del Northwest ( Latin Salsa )
  • 4:50 PM  - Master Na’s Black Belt Academy ( Taekwondo Demonstration )
  • 5:10 PM  - Apato'erau ( Tahitian Drumming & Dance )
  • 5:50 PM  - Alex Zerbe ( Master of Ceremonies & Welcome) 
  • 6:00 PM -  Blue’s Power Revue ( Blues Brother Tribute ) 
  • 7:00 PM  - Mayoral Address and Introduction of Elected Officials 
  • 7:15 PM –  Kid’s Parade (*Starts at Interactive Arts Tent)
  • 7:30 PM  - The Disco Ballz ( Disco ) 
  • 9:00 PM -  Spike & The Impalers ( Classic Rock ) 
  • 10:15 PM - Fireworks Display   
Back again this year, is a 4:00pm start time with international-themed performances, including salsa music, Tahitian drumming and dance, and martial arts demonstrations. Live music continues at 6:00pm with blues, disco hits, and classic rock. All evening long there will be inflatable’s, games and activities for the whole family, interactive arts & crafts, and a great variety of food vendors. You'll have a front row seat to the 22-minute fireworks show choreographed by Entertainment Fireworks, Inc. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, kick back and watch the fireworks fly! Parking is limited on-site; car-pooling and walking is encouraged.

Not Permitted:  BBQ Grills, Fires, Tents, Canopies and Pets Service animals are permitted.

Visit the website for more information!  

Movies at the Park

Pierce County offers Free Movies in the Park!

Grab a blanket and your favorite lawn chair for our Movies in the Park series.  We will be offering four different family friendly movies in three different parks throughout the summer on our jumbo screen. 

All the movies are FREE and start at dusk. Come early to enjoy pre-show activities and games at 7 p.m. Concessions on site will also be available.
101 Dalmations

July 17, 2015 - 101 Dalmatians (G)

(Disney Re-Release)

Frontier Park
21800 Meridian South,
Graham, WA 98338

This movie is a dog friendly movie. Non-aggressive dogs are welcome.


July 24, 2015 - Annie (PG)

Meridian Habitat Park
1442 Meridian East
South Hill, Puyallup WA 98375

Movie starts at dusk. 
Big Hero Six

July 31, 2015 - Big Hero 6 (PG)

Heritage Recreation Center
9010 128th Street
South Hill, Puyallup 98375

Movie starts at dusk.

Fife Movies in the Park

Fife movies in the park
Junk in your trunk

Pierce County Parks and Recreation hosts annual Junk in your Trunk event

Imagine treasure hunting at scores of garage sales without driving all day.  Our Junk in Your Trunk community sales are at Sprinker Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission and parking are free.

This is a great opportunity to clear out your closets, basements and storage units and sell items from your vehicles.  Concessions will also be available, provided by Murphs BBQ.

2015 Community Sales Dates:
  • Saturday, July 18 
  • Saturday, July 25   
  • Saturday, August 1
  • Saturday, September 12
Seller Registration Fee:

Spots for sellers are limited to the number of parking spaces available. Sellers can donate any leftover items to the Goodwill truck onsite after each sale.
  • $20 per car/truck/van/suv
  • $30 per RV/Camper/U-Haul/truck and trailer
To reserve your spot register  online or call (253) 798-4141.
Gross Out Olympics

Gross Out Olympics 2015

Kids ages 3 and up will have fun in extreme gross out challenges such as, the Bologna Toss, Human Cheese Puff, Lemon Slurp and many many more! ALL Olympians earn a gold medal!

Wear bathing suits or clothes that can get dirty! A sprinkler will be on hand for all Olympians to clean off in between each event. New events will be offered each day!  

Fee: $10/participant

Activity #                Date                            Time                           Location
8474                      Wed. July 15                5:30-7:30 p.m.             Frontier Park 
                              ( Register by 7/14)                                           in Graham

8475                      Wed. August 19           2-4 p.m.             Sprinker Recreation Center 
                               (Register by 8/18)                                            in Tacoma 

Register online or call Parks Administration at (253)798-4177. For more information please contact Jen Spane at (253) 798-4753.

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