Happy Thursday and welcome to your weekly events roundup! This week, obviously, we’re making Independence Day plans. There are plenty of places to watch the sky light up this Fourth of July. Here are some of the Fourth events (and other fun stuff) we’re looking forward to:
Stage Kids Washington presents Night at the Wax Museum today at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and general admission tickets are $5 at the door. More information at https://stagekidswa.org/.
On Friday, it’s free Family Game Night at Pybus Public Market.
Does somebody in your family love classic cars? Check out the Hot Rodzz Espresso cruise-ins on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
The AppleSox are home this weekend.
There’s so much going on at local libraries — from story times to puppet shows to craft groups. Check out the full calendar of library events. Here’s one that looks super cool: “It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!” science experiment show at Wenatchee Public Library next Thursday.
And now… FOURTH OF JULY events!
Wenatchee Valley 4th of July: 4-11 p.m. Tuesday, fireworks at 9:45 p.m., Walla Walla Point Park, free, wenatcheevalleyfourth.com.
Gather round with neighbors and friends at Walla Walla Point Park this Tuesday for a full day of live music, theater, a flag ceremony and even a little magic. Plus, of course, fireworks. The full schedule is online at wenatcheevalleyfourth.com, but highlights include live music starting at 4 p.m. featuring Gavin McLaughlin, Waterdog and PreFunc, a live magic show at 7 p.m., a Stage Kids performance at 9 p.m. and a salute and flag ceremony for U.S. armed forces. The Wenatchee Valley Symphony will play during the big fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.
(Link Transit will provide free shuttles between Shopko and Walla Walla Point Park from 8-11:30 p.m.)
A day of events at Pybus Public Market, beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday
Start your Fourth at Pybus with the “Breakfast of Champions,” with proceeds going to local veterans groups. Grab some pancakes, scrambled eggs and ham for just $5. Vets eat for free. Later at Pybus, it’s the 4th Annual Cherry-Pit Spit. This contest will pit spitters against one another to see who can spit a Wenatchee cherry pit the farthest. Age divisions are 0-10, 11-18, women’s open and men’s open. Visit pybuspublicmarket.org for rules and contest details. The official rules contains gems such as “Winners receive some really cool prizes and the fame and fortune that comes from winning this prestigious contest. We expect world-wide media coverage, so extra credit will be given to contestants who dress in a patriotic theme.”
Chelan Rockin’ Fireworks Show: 10 p.m. Saturday, July 1, Don Morse Park, Chelan AND 4th of July Fireworks: 10:15 p.m. July 4, Manson Bay, lakechelan.com.
Up north? Chelan and Manson are celebrating with the Chelan Rockin’ Fireworks Show in Don Morse Park at 10 p.m. Saturday and the Manson fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. in Manson Bay on Tuesday. Bring chairs, blankets and anyone who enjoys a good show to the beach to watch the sky light up. Plus, if you’re already in the area Saturday, check out the Independence Day Celebration at Four Lakes Winery. There will be live music from 2-6 p.m., perfect for soaking up some sun (and wine) before the big show.
Fireworks in Deep Bay Park: 10 p.m. July 4, Deep Bay Park, Oroville, orovillewashington.com.
Oroville is going all out for the Fourth. There will be food vendors, a bouncy house, face painting and music happening all day. At 5 p.m. check out the kids talent show and at 6 p.m. there will be a patriotic song contest. Once it gets dark, the fireworks start. The chamber asks that you carpool to ensure there’s parking for everyone.
Conconully Independence Day Celebration: Saturday, July 1, Main Street, Conconully, conconully.com/independence-day.
Saturday in Conconully is an all-day party. The classic car show and judging is from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the pie eating contest at the general store is at 11 a.m. and the big parade, led by Congressman Dan Newhouse, is at 1:30 p.m. Before the parade Berney’s Gang will perform an old west-style gunfight. Throughout the day, there will be food and craft vendors downtown. Check out conconully.com for all the details.
Festival of America: Friday and Saturday, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center, grandcouleedam.org.
Two days, plenty of stuff to fill them. The big fireworks show is Saturday, but there will be live music both days, as well as food and arts vendors. Musicians include Joseph Saachi, Marija Bonsnar, Michael Plagerman, the Spokane River Band and others. There will be a beer garden at The Melody, and a laser show both nights at 10 p.m.
The Kids’ Market returns July 15 at the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. Come out and support young entrepreneurs selling homemade or homegrown goods.
The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market is open every Thursday.
The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market is open Saturdays and Thursdays at Pybus Public Market.
The Chelan Farmers Market happens on Thursdays.
Village Art in the Park in Leavenworth is back every weekend through October.
Catholic Family and Child Service hosts several play-and-learn events each week for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. The Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group meets Wednesdays at the First Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Thursdays at the Wenatchee Public Library at 10 a.m., and Fridays at the Hope Center at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The play sessions are free and no registration is required. For more information call 664-7350 ext. 3093.
The Wenatchee Mother-Baby Support Group at the Wenatchee Public Library meets from 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays. (And now there’s a Toddler Group, too! The toddler group meets Mondays at noon at the library. This play-time focuses on movement, exploration, and learning to play together. It’s also a time for parents to visit, connect, and find ongoing support.)
Indoor Park Play Time at Apple Valley Gymnastics, 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays.
For kids 6 and younger, head to the play gym at Sport Gymnastics, open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Story times at the Wenatchee Public Library. (Preschool Story Time: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Story Time: Mondays at 6 p.m..; Pajama Story Time: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Baby/Toddler Story Time: Fridays at 10 a.m.; NEW Family Story Time: Saturdays at 11 a.m.)
You’ll find a hands-on children’s activity and craft room upstairs at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Kids and their grown-ups get in free and it’s open during regular museum hours.
The Wenatchee Valley Mall Kids Club gets together for adventures the third Saturday of every month.
Bring the whole family out for RunWenatchee’s club run/walks on the Loop Trail every Thursday evening. (Club run check-ins recently moved to Pybus.)
For more events, this week and every week, go to ncwcalendar.com.