Freedom Fair Express
Freedom Fair is a blast!
For over 35 years, volunteers with the non-profit Tacoma Events Commission have presented Tacoma’s annual Freedom Fair. It’s the largest 4th of July festival in the Northwest and was named as one of the ten “World’s Best” fireworks events by the Travel Channel.
The Wall Street Journal, CNN and USA Today have also honored it as one of the nation’s best summer events. Activities begin at 10:30 am and will continue through the end of the spectacular fireworks show at 10 pm.
Ride the Freedom Fair Express FREE from TCC or Tacoma Dome Station
Pierce Transit is here for you! Catch a Freedom Fair Express bus from Tacoma Community College at 19th & Mildred, or at Tacoma Dome Station at 610 Puyallup Avenue; parking is FREE at both locations. Service runs every 30 minutes from 10 am until 8 pm sharp, then resumes after the fireworks.
All other Pierce Transit service is also FREE on July 4, 2016, thanks to the Tacoma Events Commission! (Note: Route 13 will not operate on July 4th. All other local bus service operates on a Sunday schedule.)
FAIR OPENS AT 10 AM
Arrive early and enjoy a full day of family entertainment. Admission donations, crucial to fund the event and keep it going strong, will be collected at the gate: $3 per person, $7 per family, $15 Patriot and $20 Hero.
Park free all day at the TCC Park & Ride or the Tacoma Dome Station.
To make it easier for you, destinations are color coded:
Yellow = Tacoma Dome Station
Red = Old Town
Blue = TCC
Registered SHUTTLE customers can schedule trips to McCarver & Ruston Way. Service begins at 10 am and runs to Old Town until 8 pm sharp. Pick-ups begin immediately after the fireworks end. Registered SHUTTLE riders may call 253.581.8000, option 1, then option 2, one to five days in advance to reserve rides.
LEAVING OLD TOWN AFTER THE FIREWORKS
Express Service back to TDS and TCC begins immediately after the fireworks. The map below shows where to catch buses and SHUTTLE. All passengers who arrived by bus and require the use of a lift-equipped vehicle on the return trip should board buses on N 30th Street, just west of McCarver.
More than 150 artists, craft vendors and commercial exhibitors transform the Ruston Way waterfront into a colorful and bustling market. Merchants offer toys, pet products, clothing, jewelry, art, home decorations and more! Enjoy everything Freedom Fair has to offer and discover all 50 places to get great food and beverages!
Come visit the Pierce Transit booth near Northern Fish Co. and see the trolley!
TACOMA POWER AIR SHOW - 1:30 to 3:30PM
Thrill to exciting aerobatic performances by top pilots and aviators. Featuring:
- Will Allen Air Shows with his Pitts
- John Sessions and the Historic Flight Foundation Crew flying an F8F Bearcat
- Catch a ride on a DC-3 on July 3rd at the Wings & Wheels event at Tacoma Narrows Airport
- Greg Colyer of Ace Maker Air Shows flies his T-33
- Mrazek Air Shows flies a T-6, a Yak and two L-29’s
- Renny Price soars again in his SU-29, and
- James Bourk performs in his Extra 330LXN.
FIREWORKS GRAND FINALE
At 10:10 pm, the spectacular fireworks show will begin with a symphony of light and sound exploding over Commencement Bay. In order to offer prime viewing by the festival audience gathered on shore, thousands of pyrotechnic effects will be fired from a barge centered between the Ruston Way waterfront parks. The show is synchronized to music played on Click 98.9 FM, KLAY 1180 AM, and the fair’s stages. The best places for viewing are between Jack Hyde Park and Marine Park. The barge location will improve views from all waterfront locations.
FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES!
The waterfront is packed with great family activities. The world’s longest-running Beach Pole Vault event is located by the Les Davis Pier. Songs from the Worthy Music Ministries Stage can be heard in Dickman Mill Park. Visit the west end of Ruston Way at Camp Patriot in Marine Park. The LaStella Foundation will be presenting a kid’s fun zone featuring inflatable bounce houses, a climbing wall, arts & crafts, food booths and the America Be Strong live music & entertainment stage. At the east end of Marine Park your family can join in the Congo Productions Drum Circle. Don’t miss the Warm 106.9 Family Fun Stage near Katie Downs, and the Puget Sound Music for Youth Association stage in Jack Hyde Park.
ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW
Pick your favorite hot rod and custom classic on display next to The Lobster Shop.