Frequently Asked Questions

What time is the parade?
1:00 PM.
Is there an entrance fee for the event?
No, there is no entrance fee for admission to the event or entertainment stages. There is an entrance fee to participate in the Family Fun Run, for last minute entries in the parade and to participate in the car show. Make sure, however, to bring cash for the pancake breakfast and all the other amazing food, arts and crafts, the beer and wine garden and the pony rides and fun games in the kids zone!
Who is welcome?
All ages are welcome, be they local — Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Suquamish, Kingston, Seattle and King County — or from further afield.
What can I expect in the way of activities and performances?
A mainstay of the Grand Old Fourth is the Mile-Long Hometown Parade which starts on Madison Avenue just south of High School Road and continues south, turning on Winslow Way and ending at Ericksen Avenue. Performances run all day except during the parade.
For more information and stage scheduling see our Home Page. However music is only part of the Grand Old 4th.
2017 music and entertainment will be announced soon.
Stroll through our Street Fair of 100+ vendors, featuring arts & crafts, information booths and FOOD. And this year the kids’ activities include pony rides,  miniature golf, toy sailboat building and other fun stuff. Car buffs will enjoy our Antique, Classic & Specialty Car Show featuring 100+ entries and DJ music. Check out the one-of-a-kind award trophies made by Dick and Aaron Strom of Modern Collision Rebuild.
Do you have recycling at the event?
Yes! Our goal is to make this event as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. Our recycling and composting efforts have reduced our landfill waste by 75% over the past four years. Our local Zero Waste volunteers are available to help festival attendees. Watch for recycling stations throughout the festival.
What can I eat and drink?
Bainbridge Island is has a reputation for offering a fine culinary experience and the offerings at the Grand Old 4th are no exception. The day starts out with a hearty pancake breakfast. The Street Fair boasts more than 20 food vendors. International cuisine is well represented, with Peruvian, Thai, Asian fusion, Bavarian, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern choices.
Other traditional fair favorites include hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, bagels, tamales, elephant ears, corn dogs, Philly steak, vegetarian options, funnel cakes, ice cream, baked goods, kettle corn, strawberry shortcake and cotton candy. Soft drinks, lemonade and other juices, sno-cones and bottled water are available from many food vendors.
Our Beer & Wine Garden, hosted this year by Bainbridge Island Brewing Co., will be serving those 21 and over (IDs are required).
How can I find a lost child/spouse/cell phone?
The Chamber of Commerce has several information booths located around the event. Our main location for lost and found items and individuals will be Grand Old 4th Headquarters—the Chamber office at 395 Winslow Way E next to the Streamliner Diner.
Can I bring my dog?
This is a large event, each year it grows and this year we are expecting somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 attendees. We feel it would be best for everyone’s comfort and safety if dogs were left at home. Service dogs however are welcome.
What roads will be closed and when?
Various streets in Winslow will be closed to vehicle traffic at different times on July 4 to accommodate the Family Fun Run and the Parade. Details and maps are available here.
Will there be bicycle parking?
Cylists will be able to use bicycle racks on Winslow Way and Madrona Lane. Winslow Way East will be a pedestrian zone between Madison and Ericken Avenues, so please walk your bike in that area.
Will there be disabled parking?
Definitely! We are a disabled accessible event with designated parking in the Virginia Mason parking lot off Ericksen Ave and another location at the west end of the event in the Eagle Harbor Church parking lot on Winslow Way West. Please let one of our traffic attendants know and they will direct you to the disabled parking area. If you have a large special needs group or have questions please call Mickey Molnaire at 206-842-3700.
Will there be a Shuttle service from parking areas?
A shuttle service will be available to transport people from remote parking areas for a small charge. For details on parking and pick-up locations please visit our How To Find Us page.
What if it rains?
This is the Pacific Northwest—our event goes on rain or shine.
It’s crab season! Can I still put my boat in at the boat ramp in Waterfront Park?
In 2017 access to the Waterfront Park boat ramp and docks will be unavailable due to construction.  Visitors should plan to moor at one of the island’s several marinas.  Those wishing to use the boat launch may do so at Fort Ward Park.
Can I volunteer to help with this event?
Absolutely! The Grand Old 4th needs a large number of volunteer workers for set-up on the evening of July 3 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4 in 2- or 3-hour shifts. We really appreciate all the folks who can give us a few hours of their time. Please contact Mickey Molnaire at the Chamber.
Why are the politicians always at the end of the parade?
There is no slight intended—it’s a matter of logistics. Many political figures and candidates also want to be in the Kingston parade, which begins about an hour before ours at 12:15 PM. The Bainbridge parade lasts about one and a half hours, so there is plenty of time to get back to Bainbridge if we put them at the end.
How can I contribute to this event?
Donations from the community help us make the Grand Old 4th the biggest community event in Kitsap County. Every little bit helps.

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