There are lots of ways to celebrate Fourth of July.
You could run a race. You could have a duck run a race for you. Or you could not race at all and instead walk slowly through some massive Navy ships.
You can also see parades and fireworks.
The fourth is Wednesday this year. One way to mark the holiday is to buy a rubber ducky for a chance to win a summer pool pass.
The City of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department will conduct its first Duck Race.
To enter, buy a duck for $5 at the Lynnwood Recreation Center, 18900 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Proceeds support the Recreation Benefit Fund.
Then get to the rec center before 12:45 p.m. Wednesday and watch 2,000 of these rubber ducks go down the long tube slide, swoosh through the splash pool and float along the 180-foot long river. The top three winners receive a summer pass to the rec center.
For more information call Chris Klontz at 425-670-5534, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If rubber ducks aren’t your thing, get a jump on the fourth and take a tour of Naval Station Everett during “Freedom Fest” on Saturday.
“Freedom Fest”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Naval Station Everett, includes ship tours, food and family entertainment. Entry and tours are free. Visitors can get aboard a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, a frigate or a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. Tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting at 11 a.m.
Parking and bus transportation will be available at Everett Transit Station, at 32nd Street and Smith Ave., or at the Everett Marina, at 13th and 18th streets along W. Marine View Drive. Random airport-type screenings are expected; be prepared to present a photo identification.
You can find information and updates at the base information hotline at 425-304-5665 or online at www.cnic.navy.mil/everett/index.htm.
Other July 4 events
Arlington, Frontier Days Fourth of July: Events are Wednesday at Haller Park, 1100 West Ave., unless noted below; 360-403-3448; www.arlingtonwa.gov.
• Pancake breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m.
• 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start for Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon.
• 8:30 and 10 a.m. silent auctions, noon live auction.
• Kids parade, 4:30 p.m., registration at 3:30 p.m. at PUD, 210 Division St.
• Grand parade, Olympic Avenue, 5 p.m.
• Stilly Duck Dash, 7:30 p.m.
• Fireworks at 9 p.m., with seating at Boys &Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE.
Bothell: Festivities include a pancake breakfast and a grand parade and kids parade; lineup area for both parades is 104th Avenue and Main Street; routes proceed west on Main Street, then north on Bothell-Everett Highway to NE 188th Street.
• Pancake breakfast, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Bothell Downtown Firehouse, 10726 Beardslee Blvd; 425-486-7430; www.ci.bothell.wa.us.
• Children’s parade for kids up to age 12, 11:15 a.m.
• Grand parade starts at noon.
Darrington, Hometown Parade: noon lineup at the community center for 1 p.m. start Wednesday. Proceed down Darrington Street toward Mountain Loop Highway and end at Old School Park on Alvord Street. Family activities and live entertainment to follow; free; 360-436-1131.
Darrington, Mansford Grange Fourth of July Fair: 1 to 3 p.m. at Old School Park in Darrington; begins after noon parade; fireworks at dark; www.darringtonwatourism.com.
Edmonds Kind of Fourth: All events on Wednesday; free; www.edmondswa.com.
• Fun Run, 10 a.m. Details at 425-776-6711.
• Children’s parade, 11:30 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Howell.
• Grand Parade, noon at Sixth and Main streets.
• Civic Playfield entertainment, starts about 7:30 p.m., Sixth and Bell.
• Fireworks at dusk at Civic Playfield.
Everett, Colors of Freedom celebration: Free events take place Wednesday; 425-257-8700; www.ci.everett.wa.us.
• Downtown parade is at 11 a.m. on Colby and Wetmore avenues, between Wall and 26th streets; marching bands, clowns and stilt walkers, dance and drill teams.
Everett Police Department Open House: noon to 4 p.m., 3002 Wetmore Ave.; receive a “Passport to the Police” and search the building maze. Meet detectives, crime scene investigators, robots and K-9 officers, along with Colby the Crime Prevention Dog; complete the passport and receive a prize; www.everettpolice.org.
• Festival runs from 1 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd.; live music, food fair, kids’ activities. No parking at Legion Park, so ride free Everett Transit shuttles and buses.
• Thunder on the Bay Fireworks begin at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday. Best viewing locations are Grand Avenue Park, 1800 Grand Ave.: and Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd.
Everett, Fun in the Sun Street Fair: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, live music, car show, pony rides and other children’s entertainment at First Baptist Church, 1616 Pacific Ave.; free; 425-259-9166; www.fbc-everett.org.
Everett AquaSox baseball: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Everett Memorial Stadium, 3900 Broadway; opponent is the Eugene Emeralds; post-game fireworks planned; tickets at www.aquasox.com.
Everett, Comcast Community Ice Rink, Fire on Ice: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2000 Hewitt Ave.; $4 admission includes skate rental; 425-322-2600; www.comcastarenaeverett.com.
Everett, Star-Spangled celebration: noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St. Admission is $7.95 buy one, get one free; military families are admitted free; patriotic hat-making and other activities; 425-258-1006; www.imaginecm.org.
Everett, Yankee Doodle Dash: Races on Wednesday at Everett Family YMCA, 2720 Rockefeller Ave.; register at your local branch or online at www.ymca-snoco.org/ydd; late registration to Tuesday; day of registration opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Kiddy Doodle Dash is free for all ages.
• 10K race starts at 8:30 a.m.
• 5K race starts at 8:45 a.m.
• 1 mile race starts at 8:50 a.m.
Stanwood, Mini Parade and Ice Cream Social: Parade starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Stanwood Area Historical Society, 27112 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood; entrants meet in the Josephine Sunset Home parking lot by 10:30 a.m.; no registration needed; 360-629-6110.
Camano Island, Terry’s Corner Fourth of July : 3 p.m. Wednesday, Terry’s Corner, at Sunrise Boulevard and Highway 532 (E. Camano Drive); live music, World War I theme, recognition of Pearl Harbor survivor; children’s play area; free; 360-629-0132.
Oak Harbor: Old-fashioned Fourth of July: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Windjammer Park, 1600 S Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor; parade at 11 a.m., carnival and fireworks about 10:30 p.m.; www.oakharborchamber.com.
Center for Wooden Boats: 36th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to dark Wednesday, June 30 to July 4, The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St, Seattle; free; free public rides, toy boat building, treasure hunt, sidewalk chalk and fireworks; www.cwb.org.
Family Fourth at Lake Union: Noon to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; children’s playfield activities, live entertainment, beer garden; 10 p.m. fireworks; free admission; guests may bring their own food; www.family4th.org.
Red, White and Zoo: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park Zoo, in several animal areas; enter at N. 59th and Evanston; N. 50th and Fremont Avenue N; or 55th and Phinney; watch animals gobble watermelon and fish-cicles; included with admission of $11 or $17.50; parking $5.25; 206-548-2500; www.zoo.org.