After 20 years of growth and change, Yakima’s 4th of July Celebration is going back to basics.  The 2011 version of the community party marking the birthday of our nation will feature activities like tug-of-war, sack races, games, and other traditions.

The Yakima 4th of July Celebration Committee will officially introduce its plans for this year’s event during a news conference to be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 10:00 am at the Gazebo at State Fair Park.    

 Begun in 1991, the annual event has become the premiere 4th of July celebration in Central Washington.  Organized and operated by a dedicated group of volunteers, each year the festivities have included an impressive lineup of entertainment, exhilarating carnival rides, and an exciting fireworks demonstration.

 All of those things will be part of this year’s celebration as well, but event organizers are concentrating on returning the event to its roots.

 “It’s definitely going to be a larger focus on family this year,” said Yakima Herald-Republic Publisher Sharon Prill, this year’s organizing committee chair.  “The goal is to make it a simple event without a lot of hassle.  It’s going to be more about the kids,” said Prill.

 As has been the case since its inception, admission and parking for this year’s 4th of July Celebration will be free.  However, the fireworks, entertainment, and other activities do come with a cost.  To help make the event a success this year, as well as to ensure it will continue in the future, fundraising efforts will have to be sustained and more broad based.  The organizing committee has already begun searching for financial supporters. 

 To find out more about the Yakima 4th of July Celebration and to learn how you can support the event, go to