The City of Maple Valley’s Annual Independence Day Picnic at Lake Wilderness Park is presented by this year’s title sponsor Fred Meyer with additional support from Good Chevrolet and Recology CleanScapes. This fun day is designed to appeal to local families and will include a wide variety of things to do. The fun begins at 4:00pm with delicious food for sale, live classic rock performed by H3O, a pie baking contest, sack races, water balloon tossing, face painting and much more! Then at 10:00pm the Maple Valley Youth Symphony will fill the air with music as a fantastic firework show lights up the sky over Lake Wilderness.
2016 Schedule of Event [PDF]
Maple Valley Parks & Recreation thanks our
2016 Fourth of July event sponsors!
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Families with children will want to get to the park just after 4:00pm to take part in the free arts and crafts booth with the Camp Wild staff. Children can choose from a variety of themed projects to take home (while supplies last.)
Pie Baking Contest
Bakers can show off their skills by entering a homemade pie in the annual Pie Baking Contest. Submissions must be fruit pies only (no tarts, crisps, creams, meringues, custards, etc.) and each pie must be submitted between 4:00-6:00pm on the Fourth of July. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age division. Prizes have been generously donated by Safeway and other local merchants.
Do you just want to eat pie? Pie Baking Contest judges are always needed. If interested please send your name, phone # and e-mail address to the Recreation Department by clicking here.
Also included in the day's events is a welcome speech from Mayor Sean P. Kelly, a veteran’s recognition followed by dancing to the live band playing some great classic rock-n-roll at 5:00pm. Later you will get to join of the fun, traditional picnic games including: three legged race, gunny sack race, water balloon toss, parachute games and much more.
Send application to: Allison Scott, Pie Baking Contest Coordinator
Tips for Viewing the Fireworks
The best viewing for the fireworks display, which begins at 10:00pm sharp, will be on the Beach Lawn. Music by Maple Valley Youth Symphony will be accompanying the fireworks, so for best listening and viewing be close to the stage as well. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to reserve your preferred viewing location.
Thank you to our Candy Cannon Sponsor:
Food & Drink
Come hungry and support the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra by purchasing a delicious grilled burger or hot dog with all the trimmings. Also chips, candy, ice cream and soda pop will be available for purchase.
Keeping it Safe
The day of the show and during the show itself there will be a safety buffer set-up on the park grounds and Lake where the fireworks show will be fired. This area will be patrolled by the MV Police Explorers and King County Sheriff’s office aquatic unit.
Those attending are encouraged to walk to the park if possible and bring flashlights for use following the show. There will be limited free parking available in the main parking lot. Seniors, ADA & event volunteers who are on the list will have limited parking available in the Lodge area.
The intersection at SE 248th & Witte as well as SE 248th and Lake Wilderness Drive will be restricted or closed during the exiting process beginning at 10pm from the park following the fireworks so two lanes of traffic can be used. Drivers are asked to be patient and to follow all parking rules to avoid being towed.m
Volunteers are needed to work in the Veterans Booth collecting names of local veterans during the Independence Day event. Contact Maple Valley Parks & Recreation Department at 425/432-9953
No alcohol or outside fireworks will be allowed in the park
All bakers (adults, seniors and youth) are invited to enter their favorite fruit pie in the Annual 4th of July Homemade Pie Baking Contest, pre-registration required. Pre-registered entries will only be accepted at the pie contest tent at the Beach House. There are no entry fees and winners in each category will receive a prize for first place, second place and third place.