Tacoma Freedom Fair: Fireworks and More!
Pierce County's Premiere 4th of July Festival
Food, fun, friends, family, fireworks: All the hallmarks of an unforgettable Fourth on the Ruston Way Waterfront. There's all that, plus live music, a car show, an air show and more at the Tacoma Freedom Fest. Here's how to plan ahead to enjoy the event.
The Big Questions
How much does it cost?
Entry is free, but donations are accepted at the access points.
How can I get there?
Ruston Way along the waterfront is closed to vehicle traffic, and there are three pedestrian access points marked on the map above:
- Ruston Way and McCarver Street
- Ruston Way and Alder Way
- Ruston Way, from the Point Ruston direction
What's the parking situation like?
There are three options for parking:
- Parking is available in surrounding neighborhoods such as Old Town, but space is limited and spots fill up fast.
- Pierce Transit has a dedicated shuttle that runs regularly between free-parking lots at Tacoma Community College (S. 19th and Mildred St.) and Tacoma Dome Station (610 Puyallup Ave.). Shuttles run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and then once at 10:30 after the fireworks. You can pre-purchase tickets here.
- A paid and disability-access lot is available for $20/spot between Point Ruston and the Lobster Shop. This lot is accessible via N. Ferdinand St.
Is Freedom Fair family friendly?
Yes! There are plenty of activities for kids, including inflatables, live music and a designated kid zone. Alcohol at Freedom Fair is confined to the beer gardens.
Where can I set up a picnic blanket?
There are some spots recommended on the map above, but aside from the waterfront parks that are taken by vendors, there's plenty of green-space
Where's the best place to see the fireworks?
The fireworks barge will be on the water by Katie Downs, but most of the parks along the waterfront provide a close and unobstructed view.
What should I bring?
A blanket, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must for people wanting to make a day (or an afternoon) of Freedom Fair. An umbrella is always a smart move as well. You're welcome to bring your own food as well, but there are plenty of food vendors for those who don't. Alcohol is best left at home, but the beer gardens are ready to serve.
4th of July Schedule
10:00 a.m. Gates open
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Air Show
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Car Show
10:10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fireworks Show
10:30 p.m. Last bus for off-site parking