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July 4 fun in the Columbia Basin

Staff Writer | July 1, 2022 1:20 AM

COLUMBIA BASIN — The Columbia Basin has several different events over the Fourth of July weekend for people of all ages to enjoy.

Soap Lake - The City of Soap Lake will celebrate the Fourth with their annual Suds N’ Sun event July 2-3 at East Beach Park. Events include:

Soap Box Derby Races: Time trials at 10 a.m. July 2 and races starting at 10 a.m. on July 3.

Seattle Cossacks: Motorcycle stunt and drill team at 5 p.m. on July 3.

Parade: 5:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Live music: July 3 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Performers include the Bourbon & Bellows Band and Kosta La Vista.

Fireworks Display: July 3 at 10 p.m.

George - 2022 marks the 65th Annual July 4 Celebration at the George Community Park. Some of the celebration includes the following events:

Cherry Bomb Run: Starts at 8:30 a.m. It is a two-mile fun-run for all ages.

Parade: Begins at 10 a.m. on W. Montmorency Blvd.

Patriotic Program: Located at the outdoor stage and starts at 11 a.m.

Giant Cherry Pie: Served at noon with ice cream at the Rotary Pie Pavilion. There is a $1 suggested donation.

Live music: From 1:30 p.m. until dusk attendees can listen to live music performed by Rocky Ford Band, Darnell Scott Band, The Jangles Quartet and Los Vega.

Firework Display: Starts at dusk.

For more information visit the George Community Hall website at

Moses Lake - Moses Lake’s annual Freedom Fest is held from July 1-3 at McCosh Park. Events include:

Movie in the Park: July 1 at 8 p.m. Disney's Encanto.

Farmers Market: July 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cornhole: July 2 starting at 9 a.m. at the North Tennis Courts at McCosh Park. Registration is $50 a team (two people per team).

LoCash Concert: July 2, starting at 8 p.m. and is free to attend.

July 3 concerts: Starting at 4 p.m. with rock and roll band Cruise Control, followed by Lake City Blues, a local blues band, at 7 p.m.

Firework display: July 3 at 10 p.m.

Visit for the full schedule of Freedom Fest.

The Sand Scorpions ORV group will be hosting a midnight run July 1. For more information or to get involved visit their website at

Othello - Othello has many events planned to celebrate the Fourth. Among the events, all happening July 4, are:

Freedom Farmland Ride: 5 mile or 20 mile cycling courses starting at 7 a.m. Both courses will begin and end at the Lions Park Large Gazebo on Hamlet Street. A $5 donation is encouraged, but not required, as an entry fee.

Rotary breakfast: 7-10 a.m. at Lions Park. Plates are $5 or $7 depending on plate size. Later in the afternoon they will also be selling burgers for $6.

Freedom Run: One mile race begins at 7 a.m. and the 5K and 10K races start at 7:15 a.m. at the Lions Park large gazebo on Hamlet Street. The one mile is a $15 entry fee and both the 5K and 10K are $20.

Parade: Begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street. Entries due by July 1.

Skateboard Contest: Begins at 11 a.m. with three different divisions for entries. Registration is $15.

Below the Rim 3ON3 Basketball Tournament: Starts at 11 a.m. at Lions Park. Registration is $125 per team and registration deadline is July 2.

Volleyball Tournament: Begins at 11 a.m. at Lions Park. Registration is $100 per team.

Cornhole Showdown: $20 registration fee per person and begins at 4 p.m. at Lions Park.

Firework display: 10 p.m.

For more information, or a full list of events, visit the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce social media.

Rebecca Pettingill may be reached at


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Georgette members and helpers dish up cherry pie at the 2012 July 4 celebration in George during a previous year’s festivities.


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Children decorated their bikes and scooters for the 2021 July 4 parade in Othello. The 2022 parade will be part of Monday’s July 4 celebration.