City of Newcastle to host Fourth of July spectacular

June 30, 2015

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 30, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

Wanted: Newcastle Fourth of July photos

July 4, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. July 4, 2014

The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is set for Friday at Lake Boren Park.

Residents can start filing into the park at 6 p.m. July 4. Vendors will serve hot dogs, kettle corn and more. Soul Siren, a band whose appearance is sponsored by The Golf Club at Newcastle, will take the park stage from 8-10 p.m.

The fireworks show starts shortly after it gets dark, or at about 10 p.m.

The city’s annual Independence Day celebration is able to continue this year, thanks to title sponsor AvalonBay Communities Inc.

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Fireworks to light up city sky for the 4th

July 2, 2014

The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is set for Friday at Lake Boren Park.

Residents can start filing into the park at 6 p.m. July 4. Vendors will serve hot dogs, kettle corn and more. Soul Siren, a band whose appearance is sponsored by The Golf Club at Newcastle, will take the park stage from 8-10 p.m.

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Fireworks to light up the sky for Newcastle’s Fourth of July

June 25, 2014

NEW — 11:40 a.m. June 25, 2014

Fireworks will again grace the Newcastle skies this Fourth of July, and this time for more than a few minutes.

Attendees at last year’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Boren Park will remember that technical difficulties shortened what was supposed to be a 12-minute fireworks display.

The Olympia-based company Entertainment Fireworks Inc. took full responsibility for the problems, City Manager Rob Wyman said last year. Newcastle will contract with the company again for its 2014 fireworks show, with assurances the issues won’t occur again.

“I have spoken with the owner multiple times on the phone and he has assured me 200 percent that we will not have the problem again,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle’s community activities liaison. “They’ve got a very, very experienced pyrotechnician that’s going to be working with us.” Read more

Summer events lined up

June 5, 2014

Fireworks will again grace the Newcastle skies this Fourth of July, and this time for more than a few minutes.

Attendees at last year’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Boren Park will remember that technical difficulties shortened what was supposed to be a 12-minute fireworks display.

The Olympia-based company Entertainment Fireworks Inc. took full responsibility for the problems, City Manager Rob Wyman said last year. Newcastle will contract with the company again for its 2014 fireworks show, with assurances the issues won’t occur again.

“I have spoken with the owner multiple times on the phone and he has assured me 200 percent that we will not have the problem again,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle’s community activities liaison. “They’ve got a very, very experienced pyrotechnician that’s going to be working with us.” Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — May 6

May 7, 2014

NEW — 4:05 p.m. May 7, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month May 6. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Marijuana moratorium coming?

The Newcastle City Council directed city staff to prepare an ordinance placing a moratorium on marijuana-related business in the city. It represents one of the body’s first significant actions on the subject since the drug’s legalization.

Councilman Gordon Bisset made the motion, which passed 4-3. Read more

Technical difficulties plague Newcastle Fourth of July celebration

July 5, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 5, 2013

Revelers gathered for an evening of fun, music and fireworks at the city of Newcastle’s Fourth of July celebration Thursday, but many left with disappointment at what appeared to be a lackluster firework show.

Just five minutes after the fireworks began in what was expected to be a 12-minute display, the fireworks contractor experienced technical difficulties, according to an email from the city.

“The city of Newcastle sincerely apologizes for the brevity of the fireworks display at the Fourth at the Lake Celebration,” city clerk Sara McMillon wrote in an email.

All of the fireworks were charged, but most did not ignite, the email explained. Because they were charged, they presented a threat to safety and had to be let off as soon as possible. Read more

Celebrate Fourth of July at Lake Boren Park

July 3, 2013

NEW — 3:30 p.m. July 1, 2013

The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is set for Thursday at Lake Boren Park.

Attendees can begin gathering at the park as early as 6 p.m., when food vendors will be available. The band Big Dog Revue will take the stage from 8-10 p.m. The fireworks show will begin when it gets dark, or just after 10 p.m.

Patriotic glow necklaces and paper flags will be given out as souvenirs.

The Lake Boren Park show is the only authorized place to see fireworks in Newcastle. Residents are not allowed to light fireworks within city limits. Read more

City secures sponsor for Fourth of July event

May 2, 2013

Traffic, safety concerns still need to be addressed

The city of Newcastle’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration will go on as planned, despite initial funding concerns and worries about public safety.

Mayor Rich Crispo brought the discussion of city events to the council’s April 16 meeting to seek input about the feasibility of the Fourth of July event.

Crispo’s main concern was public safety after last year’s event attracted between 3,500 and 5,000 people.

“It was wall-to-wall people,” he said. “There was no place to put a blanket, a chair, anything … We had two policemen there. They weren’t really enough. There weren’t enough facilities there for people to use. The lines out of the bathroom were long. In my opinion, there were safety issues.” Read more

Free concert, fireworks display offered at Lake Boren Park for July 4

July 4, 2012

NEW — 11:25 p.m. June 7, 2012

Residents will have the opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July in Newcastle this year with a free concert and fireworks display at Lake Boren Park.

The sale, possession, or discharge of fireworks is illegal in Newcastle. Extra police patrols will take place to ensure everyone enjoys a safe celebration.

For those wanting to purchase and discharge their own fireworks, they are legal in Maple Valley and unincorporated King County.

The outdoor concert and fireworks will be provided with financial sponsorship from Lake Boren Townhomes and U.S. Bank.

Crowds traditionally begin gathering as early as 5 p.m. for community picnicking.

Food will be available on site starting at 6 p.m. Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks will begin at the end of the concert.

For more information go to the city’s special events page.

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