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A Classic Mercer Island Tradition: Summer Celebration

We hope everyone enjoyed a safe Fourth of July, but hope you didn’t expend all your fun-loving energy!

This weekend, Mercer Island hosts an annual tradition of Summer Celebration. This community wide event draws 20,000 to 30,000 people over the weekend, along with a new theme. 2017’s theme? Out of this World.

Summer Celebration is a Saturday-Sunday festival, that offers food trucks, live music, a parade and fireworks display, and much more. Held around the island, there are events at Mercerdale and Luther Burbank Parks.

Opening with a bang…

Summer Celebration will open with a grand parade and route through downtown Mercer Island. Staying true to this year’s Out of this World, the best theme incorporation is set to receive a prize! Their parade participants are outlined on their website!

An out of this world experience…

Area 51 is an Out of this World themed area, located adjacent to the Skate Park. Battling robots and hands-on Pacific Science Center explorations are only two of the things you’ll find here. Have a robot you want to try out in combat? An outdoor robot contest will be held on Saturday from noon until 6:30pm. Make sure to arrive early to sign up and qualify!

Illustrations in the sky…

Saturday evening, around 10pm, the show begins. Thousands of explosions light up the sky, but that’s not all there is. A shuttle can bring you from the Mercer Island City Hall to Luther Burbank Park from 6:30pm to 9:45pm, near when the show begins. Uncle Stinky will be on site, selling a variety of light-up and glow products. Live musical entertainment is brought to you by Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies from the Fireworks Stage, with an encore, from Oncore Music.

Inflatables and other entertainment before the fireworks display! And we hope you aren’t fireworked-out, because the show starts at 10!

Entertainment galore…

Live music is a huge theme during celebrations, and Summer Celebration is full of them. From open to close on Saturday and Sunday a musical accompaniment coincides typical festival functions. Their full schedule it outlined on their website.

Are you into cars? The Mercer Island Car Show is joining the Summer Celebration Street Fair with their 15th Annual Mercer Island Care Show! Automotive treasures and hidden gems will join us from across the region for you to enjoy! Classic, antique, custom, sports cars, motorcycles, and “project vehicles” are all welcome! So, check out their registration, bring it down, and make a new friend along the way!

As with any celebration, there will be food. As part of the Mercerdale Park main festival, a bunch of local trucks and vendors will be there to support all your cravings. Uncle Bucks will bring New York style Italian sausages and pastrami sandwiches, as well as Siracha chicken bites! Pon Proem, Delicious Asia, Curry House, Jeremy Westmoreland Concessions, Carlson Catering, Buns on Wheels, and Little Monkey.

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will even be there with Haagen Daz ice cream bars; in addition to the Mercer Island Kiwanis Club complete with shaved ice cones. It’s bound to be a hot weekend, so relax with an icy dessert!

Planning on heading to the fireworks display at Luther Burbank? They’ve got your food needs covered there, too!

Other events include Sk8te the Rock 2017! event, the Children’s Fun Zone, the Arts & Crafts Marketplace, and Boat Rides Around the Island.

Gardening with Ciscoe Morris…

Windermere Mercer Island will be hosting our 12th annual My First Garden children’s event, emceed by Ciscoe Morris. Check out the event Windermere State at 2pm on Saturday. Here’s a schedule of Windermere Mercer Island’s sponsored events.

With such an expansive array of celebrations, they’ve mapped out a schedule for you to stay ahead of the heat.

This year is set to be truly amazing and fun for the entire family. Whether you’re here for the food, the fun, or the entertainment – there’s something for everyone! Cars, music, food, children’s activities, gardening, and fireworks!

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