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City prepping park for 'Fabulous Fourth'

The 2013 fireworks show. - File Photo.
The 2013 fireworks show.
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It’s time again for Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July celebration at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

The park, located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., opens at 7 a.m. and the fireworks launch at 10 p.m. next weekend.

“We hope its a fun and safe independence day for those that come down,” said Sonja Mejlaender, event director.

About 20,000 to 25,000 people are expected to come down to Coulon for the festivities. There will be live music starting at 1:30 p.m., facing painting provided by the Renton High School cheer squad and of course the fireworks. Western Display Fireworks, out of Cambe, Ore., will put on the 22- to 23-minute fireworks display.

Fireworks will be shot from the northwest corner of Ivar’s water walk, instead of a barge, again this year. There are tougher and tougher restrictions for finding a loading site for the fireworks, said Mejlaender, in addition to complications with transporting a barge past the 520 and Interstate 90 bridges.

The height of the fireworks may be affected by the launch site.

Parking will be extremely limited at the park, but there are additional spaces on the upper deck of The Landing parking garage and around the Boeing property at N. 8th St. at Park Ave. N. and Garden Ave. N.

For the complete event schedule and parking locations, visit http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=5920.

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