Visitors driving to the Symetra Family 4th celebration on Monday can expect several traffic changes designed to increase safety and ease their exit out of downtown Bellevue.
The July 4 celebration, at Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., from 2 to 10:30 p.m., with live music, kids' activities, a C-17 flyover and a fireworks display synchronized to a live performance by the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra in its farewell concert.
Before the fireworks at 10:05 p.m., the Eastside's largest Independence Day celebration will include a packed afternoon line-up of live entertainment on the Bellevue Club Main Stage and kids' activities in the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone. Festival food and refreshments will be on sale in the southwest parking lot near the playground.
Following the fireworks, traffic signals at downtown intersections will be adjusted to improve traffic flow, traffic will be rerouted and police will direct traffic at key intersections. Drivers should expect delays, be patient and exercise caution.
The following streets adjacent to Downtown Park will be closed to vehicle traffic during the display: 100th Avenue Northeast, from Main to Northeast Fifth Street; and Northeast Fourth Street, from 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way.
Following the fireworks display, there will be several traffic revisions designed to clear vehicles out of downtown as quickly as possible:
- Traffic exiting Bellevue Square mall northbound on 100th Avenue must travel north to Northeast 10th Street (no right turns will be allowed onto Northeast Eighth Street);
- Traffic exiting Bellevue Square onto eastbound Northeast Eighth Street must turn left (north) onto Bellevue Way (this is a change from previous years);
- Traffic exiting Bellevue Square onto eastbound Northeast Fourth Street will not be permitted to turn onto Bellevue Way; and
- Southbound traffic on Bellevue Way will not be permitted to turn onto Northeast Fourth Street (drivers may turn on Second Street, Main Street or Interstate 90).
Visitors are also encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take a bus to the event. Comprehensive information about travel options is available online at Choose Your Way Bellevue.
The Independence Day celebration is co-produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association and the City of Bellevue.
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