July 1, 2017
Published: July 1, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of July 3-9, 2017:
  • Fireworks Restrictions in the Tri-Cities
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes - July 3
  • Pasco's Grand Old 4th of July Celebration
  • Camp Patriot 4th of July Fun Run - July 4
  • River of Fire Festival - July 4
  • Patriotic Speeches in The Parkway - July 4
  • Thunder on the Island Concert - July 5
  • First Thursday Art Walk - July 6
  • Live @ 5 Summer Concert - July 6
  • Sunset at Southridge - July 7
  • Pasco's Sounds of Summer - July 7
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night - July 7
  • Athena Caledonian Games - July 7-9
  • Yakima Folklife Festival - July 7-9
  • Cold War Bus - ABC House Tour - July 8
  • PetSmart Adoption - July 8
  • Fishing Seminars - July 8
  • LIGO Public Tours - July 8
  • Hermiston's Fun Fest - July 8
  • 8th Annual Retread Show & Shine - July 8
  • See3Slam - July 8 & 9 (register by July 3)
  • Summer Movies for Kids & Families 2017
  • Summer Camps 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Fireworks Restrictions in the Tri-Cities

In the Tri-Cities, fireworks are not allowed in Kennewick, Pasco, and Franklin County. If you get caught with fireworks you are not only facing confiscation of your goods, but also fines for violating the ban that start at $250.

People in Richland (16 years and older) can use fireworks from June 28 - July 5 with restricted hours. Anything that flies could get you a $250 fine. Fireworks sold at Richland fireworks stands are legal to use in Richland.
Info: https://www.ci.richland.wa.us/departments/fire-and-emergency-services/residential-and-holiday-safety/fireworks-in-richland

In West Richland you can use fireworks between July 2-4 with restricted hours. They can be fired from 6 to 11 p.m. on July 2 and 3 and from 6 p.m. to midnight on July 4. Some fireworks allowed in West Richland are illegal in Richland.
Info: http://www.westrichland.org/depts/police/

For more information on Fireworks Ban or Restricted Sales/Use by County and City, view: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/fireworks/ordinances.pdf.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes - July 3

GESA Stadium in Pasco
Starts at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets: $8 general admission

Come out and cheer on the Tri-City Dust Devils as they compete against the
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes as they wrap up their fifth consecutive evening!
Info & Tickets: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t460

Pasco's Grand Old 4th of July Celebration

There are a variety of activities taking place on the 4th of July in Pasco that include:
- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast - 7 a.m. @ Memorial Park
- Camp Patriot Fun Run - 8 a.m. @ Gesa Stadium
- Red, White & Boom Softball Tournament - 8 a.m. @ Pasco Sporting Complex
- HAPO Grand Old 4th Parade - 10:00 a.m @ Memorial Park
- Cardboard Regatta - 12:00 Noon @ Memorial Pool
- Inflatables from 12:00 noon - 6 p.m. @ Pasco Sporting Complex
- Camp patriot Show & Shine Car Show from 12:00 noon - 6 p.m. @ Pasco Sporting Complex
- 5 v 5 Adult Soccer Tournament - 12:00 Noon @ Pasco Sporting Complex
- Grand Old 4th Fireworks - 10:00 p.m. @ GESA Stadium (gates open at 4:30 p.m. - entertainment will be provided and concessions and beer sales will be available)

Note: there will be a variety of food trucks at the Pasco Sporting Complex.
Info: http://www.pasco-wa.gov/844/Grand-Old-4th-of-July-Celebration

Camp Patriot 4th of July Fun Run - July 4

Start & Finish @ Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Starts @ 8 a.m., 100 pound Club starts @ 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $35 Adults, $25 Kids* (*12 & under)

Join us for the Annual Camp Patriot 4th of July Fun Run! Finish at home plate Gesa Stadium! 5k & 1 mile Fun Run 8am. 100 pound Ruck March begins at 7:30 a.m., weigh in of packs at 7:00 a.m. Event Day Registration is 7:00 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. (online registration has closed, no mail-in registration)
Info: http://www.camppatriotfunrun.org/pasco-wa.html

River of Fire Festival - July 4

Columbia Park in Kennewick
Suggested donation: $8 per carload

Now in its 31st year, the River of Fire Festival brings in 20,000 spectators to Columbia Park with over 50 all day food and novelty vendors. Watch the largest firework display in Eastern Washington that takes place over the Columbia River and begins at dusk.

Gates open at 8 a.m., kids activities begin at noon including free train rides by J&S Dreamland Express, live music starts at 5 p.m. followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

Info: http://www.tricityregionalchamber.com/river-of-fire-festival.html

Patriotic Speeches in The Parkway - July 4

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway, Richland
Starts at 2 p.m.
Free admission - donations gladly accepted

The Richland Players are pleased to present their first annual Patriotic Speeches in the Parkway in celebration of Independence Day.  Local actors will present 3 notorious patriotic speeches and songs with introduction.

This year’s production will feature Bill McMahon presenting Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Speech, Ted Miller singing Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Patty Cook performing Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Solitude of Self address. This is a perfect family friendly break in your Independence Day Celebrations to celebrate America’s history.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/454874718214740/

Thunder on the Island Concert - July 5

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Free family entertainment

The Thunder on the Island concert on July 5 will feature Stompin' Ground.

Thunder on the Island is free weekly concert series that runs every Wednesday through August 16. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Info: http://cloverislandinn.com/2017/04/21/summer-concert-series-2017/

First Thursday Art Walk - July 6

Downtown Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Artists are showcased in a family friendly atmosphere of local business establishments, every first Thursday in Historic Downtown Kennewick. Stroll around the approximate 10 block area of historic downtown to view art galleries, and shops filled with art and the artists who create them. Businesses and artists change each month. The Farmers' Market will also be open!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/kennewickartwalk/

Live @ 5 Summer Concert - July 6

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free family entertainment

The Live @ 5 summer concert on July 6 will feature
Stompin' Ground.

This family friendly concert in the park is Free every Thursday through August 10 with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/TCLiveAt5/

Sunset at Southridge - July 7

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free to attend

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Join us every Friday during the summer from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex for Local Food Trucks, Live Entertainment and a Family Atmosphere. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride. Kira Palm Trio will be providing the evening entertainment.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/SunsetatSouthridge/

Pasco's Sounds of Summer - July 7

Volunteer Park, 1125 N. 4th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.

Free family entertainment
Pasco is continuing their summer outdoor concert series with Hermanos Maria performing on July 7. The concert series runs every Friday through August 11. Food vendors will be on site at 6 p.m. to add to a great family night out.

Info: http://pasco-wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/58511

Family Outdoor Movie Night - July 7

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset

Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on July 7 is "Ice Age Collision Course."
Join us for a night of family movie fun! Friday nights throughout the Summer we will be showing different movies that are fun for the whole family. Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down!
Info: https://www.richlandparksandrec.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5541/67

Athena Caledonian Games - July 7-9

Note: Athena is located between Walla Walla and Pendleton.

Known for its relaxed atmosphere, highlights of the Athena Caledonian Games include the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, Heavyweight Scottish Athletics, Highland Dance Competition, Solo Piping & Drumming, and Scottish Harp.
Info: http://athenacaledoniangames.org/

Yakima Folklife Festival - July 7-9

Celebrating over 30 years of Music & Fun in Downtown Yakima
Always Free!

As always, this year's festival is held at Yakima's Franklin Park, Rotary Stage in parternership with the Yakima Valley Museum. In addition, Downtown Yakima Friday and Saturday evening venues offer a variety of styles and music for everyone. Don't forget to look for Music Pop-Ups around town.
Info: http://yakimafolklifefestival.com/

Cold War Bus - ABC House Tour - July 8

REACH Museum, 1943 Parkway Trail in Richland
From 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: $30

If you want to learn about the history of the ABC houses in Richland, then join Richard Nordgren, local historian, on a Cold War bus tour. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call Sara at (509) 943-4100 Ext. 108 or email her at sarac@visitthereach.org. We ask that everyone be at the REACH Museum at least 15 minutes before departure.
Info: http://visitthereach.org/

PetSmart Adoption - July 8

PetSmart, 6807 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PetSmart is hosting a super pet adoption event. Rescues from around the area will be showing adoptable pets. Please come and possibly find a forever friend, or just stop by and donate food and supplies to local rescues.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/101811013772100/

Fishing Seminars - July 8

Kennewick Ranch & Home, 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ranch & Home is hosting three seminars given to the public by Ryan Roberts: Summer & Fall Salmon, Lance Merz: Kokanee, and Ed Iman: Walleye. Through out the event there will be a free raffle with lots of giveaways! Call (509) 737-1996 for more information.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/293530064445547/

LIGO Public Tours - July 8

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility.  Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.
Info: http://www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/informal.html

Hermiston's Fun Fest - July 8

Hermiston's Chamber of Commerce's Annual Community Funfest will be held on July 8, 2017 this year on Main Street in downtown Hermiston. Please join us for a fun-filled day for kids of ALL ages. Live entertainment, Vendor Booths, Kids Games, Classic Car show in the Park and lots of yummy food!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/HermistonFunfest

8th Annual Retread Show & Shine - July 8

Andy's North Restaurant & Lounge, 3321 W Court St. in Pasco
From 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free admission and kid friendly

Join us for our 8th Annual Car Show!
- We will have a BBQ going on for $7. Burger or a big hotdog w/ Sides and a Soda
- DJ on site Rockin' Some Classic Tunes.
- Anyone can register! Come show off your ride!
- Car show T-Shirts will be available for purchase
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/462537860762222/

Family Outdoor Movie Night - June 16

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset
Free family fun

The featured movie this week is "Secret Life of Pets."
Join us for a night of family movie fun! Friday nights throughout the Summer we will be showing different movies that are fun for the whole family. Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down!
Info: https://www.richlandparksandrec.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5541/67

See3Slam - July 8 & 9 (register by July 3)

John Dam Plaza & George Washington Way in Richland
All day event
Cost: $133 per team

Tri-City Sunrise Rotary partners with the City of Richland and West Coast Auto to present the second annual SEE 3 SLAM! This exciting event includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for All Ages, food, entertainment, exhibition games, clinics, youth academy and incredible contests including a shoot out to win a 2015 Ford Fiesta from West Coast Auto Dealers. Note: Jam@TheDam will take place Saturday from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. and will feature beer, food, and live music!
Info & Registration: http://see3slam.com/

Summer Movies for Kids & Families 2017

This summer take your kids and family to the movies for free or at a discounted rate!

Movies are being offered by:
- Richland Parks & Recreation Family Movie Nights
- Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8 in Kennewick
- Fairchild Cinema in Pasco
- Mid-Columbia Library Midweek Movies
- Benton City - Movies in the Park
Info: http://blog.tri-citiesguide.org/2017/06/summer-movies-for-kids-families-2017.html

Summer Camps 2017

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2017. For more information, visit: http://blog.tri-citiesguide.org/2017/06/summer-camps-2017.html.

Art Exhibits

Annual Juried Show - July 5 through August 18
Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The Gallery at the Park’s annual juried show opens July 5. A reception and award ceremony will be held on July 7.
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/new-blog/

Marie Noorani and Nathan Robles through August 10

Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday.
Free and open to the public

Marie Noorani and Nathan Robles are both local artists working in the Tri-City area. Marie Noorani works with handmade paper and Nathan Robles works with welded steel. While they employ very different materials to make Art, they are both interested in constructing new complex forms from fragmented parts.  Both artists create powerful metaphors through juxtaposition, process, and an uneasy tension between order and chaos.

You are invited to come see the artwork presented by Marie Noorani & Nathan Robles at Columbia Basin College and are welcome to attend the opening reception on June 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Info: https://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=593

Pixelated Archipelago - Art Show by Michael Cooper through July 7
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Boulevard in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

Pixelated Archipelago is a series of oil on canvas paintings that confront, through abstraction, our society's increased connected-ness and simultaneous increased isolation as a result of experiencing much of life through screens.
Info: http://www.drewboycreative.com/

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.

Nightlife Music

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities

Also, check out Tri-Cities Cork & Fork - Tri-Cities, WA foodie page... pictures taken by real people at favorite local establishments. We love food & drink!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/tricitycorkfork/

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-Cities-JamOpen-Mic-Community-925736630819618/

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out: https://sites.google.com/site/tricitykaraoke/.

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar.
The REACH Museum will be offering Ice Age Floods, Agriculture, History, Geology, Rock Hunting, Jet Boat and Hiking tours through September of 2017. Here is a list of upcoming tours:
  • July 14 - Jet Boat/Bus Tour along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls $194
  • July 21 - Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods $87
Info: http://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect. 

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what's visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Tickets and info: http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=1496 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/attractions-things-to-do.htm.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers' Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website: http://tri-citiesguide.org.

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