Vashon’s annual fireworks display will be Thursday evening after dark over Quartermaster Harbor. Typically, that means the fireworks begin after 10 p.m.
Most any stretch of beach along the harbor will provide a good vantage point, but heading out early is a good idea.
For unincorporated King County, including Vashon, consumer fireworks are allowed only between 9 a.m. and midnight.
In the past, the King County Sheriff’s Office has kept an extra presence on the island to respond to fireworks-related calls on July 4. Those lighting their own fireworks should also remember that they are not allowed in any King County park or Vashon Park District property, including Dockton Park and Jensen Point.
This year, the Gold Beach Community Club Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization (NERO) will team up with the Friends of Maury Island Marine Park to watch for potential fires in the park. Islander Michael Sperazza, who is coordinating the volunteer patrols, said that the recent light rain has helped ahead of time, but with the unseasonably dry conditions, there is still a risk.
People with animals who may get nervous with the noise of fireworks are encouraged to keep them indoors. Should any pets go missing, owners can call Vashon Island Pet Protector for Assistance at (206) 389-1085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.