If the recent news concerning the Seattle fireworks made you wonder if Bellevue’s 4th of July celebration is at risk, rest assured, the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th fireworks display, the largest Independence Day celebration on the east side and the 2nd largest in King County, survives and thrives.
“Thanks to consistent and generous support from our community partners, the show is most definitely on in Downtown Bellevue,” says Patrick Bannon, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for the Bellevue Downtown Association.
The Bellevue celebration continues thanks to the support and participation from title sponsor Symetra Financial, media partners Q13 FOX and The Seattle Times, and a strong co-producing partnership between the Bellevue Downtown Association and the City of Bellevue.
This year is the sixth for Symetra Financial as the title sponsor. The company, headquartered in Downtown Bellevue, in addition to its financial support, supplies dozens of volunteers and hosts several non-profit organizations in the Community Spotlight Pavilion.
Not disclosing the cost of Bellevue’s Family 4th event, Bannon says their overall production budget is a small fraction of what was raised in Seattle. “We don’t know all of the costs built into the Seattle event, so it’s hard to do a direct comparison. My guess is that the fireworks budget would differ because of shell size. Seattle can use larger shells in the show because it’s launched from a barge over water. In Bellevue, the shells tend to be smaller but people in the park are much closer, but still a safe distance, to the fireworks.”
The City of Bellevue donates the park and makes additional in-kind city services like security, traffic control, parking and staff resources to manage food concessions, the family fun zone, first aid and the information booth.
“We benefit from a sustainable event model. Our sponsor dollars go a long way,” says Bannon. But, he admits that without Symetra, the Bellevue Family 4th could not go on. “Symetra’s sponsorship continues to play a significant role in making the Bellevue event happen.”
If you’ve attended the Bellevue fireworks celebration before, you can expect the same lively patriotic theme as in previous years. The fireworks will be launched directly across the street from the top story of the Bellevue Square parking garage, the McChord Air Force Base will fly a C-17 Globemaster over the park during the day and the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra will play live on-stage before and during the fireworks.
For the last 2 years, I’ve watched the 4th of July fireworks display from my balcony in downtown Nashville. But this year, having made Bellevue my new home, I will join the 65,000 Eastsiders expected at the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th in the Bellevue Downtown Park. Hope to see you there!
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