City of Tacoma & Metro Parks announce T-Town Family 4th celebration

January 17, 2020

Festivals Inc. selected to manage Tacoma’s official Fourth of July celebration

Firm has over 38 years of large scale event production experience throughout the region

City of Tacoma & Metro Parks Announce T-Town Family 4th Celebration Plans 1The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma have jointly selected Festivals Inc. to produce the city’s refreshed Fourth of July celebration along the scenic Ruston Way waterfront.

This iconic summer celebration will showcase a new name, “T-Town Family 4th,“ and feature traditional fun, free kids activities, the region’s most spectacular fireworks show, and new experiences to welcome the next decade of celebration of what makes the Tacoma community so special.

Festivals Inc. has managed more than 100 successful events over the past 38 years, including the launch and continued production of the Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, and Oktoberfest Northwest.

“The team at Festivals Inc. has an impressive amount of experience managing big, family-friendly events,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “I’m excited to see how they build upon the City’s Fourth of July traditions and enhance this annual opportunity to celebrate.”

Last year the City of Tacoma asked Metro Parks — which also has expertise with large events — to partner in managing the City’s annual Fourth of July event. The two organizations posted a competitive application and vetting process that resulted in the selection of Festivals Inc.

In addition, Metro Parks opened Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park last year as part of a 40-acre park system that extends the Ruston Way waterfront and also includes the Wilson Way pedestrian bridge with its soaring views. Dune Peninsula will be incorporated into the 2020 Fourth of July celebrations.

“This partnership combines the City’s police, fire and traffic management resources with the park district’s events and parks amenities to ensure we have a safe and spectacular celebration of America’s birthday,” said Park Board President Tim Reid.

Festivals Inc. is one of the leading event production companies in the Pacific Northwest. The company founded Bite of Seattle in 1982, Taste of Tacoma in 1986, and Oktoberfest Northwest in 2006. Festivals Inc. also has been involved in such notable events as SEAFAIR, The Bite of Oregon, NW Folklife Festival and Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, among many others. Prospective vendors and sponsors of Tacoma’s official Fourth of July celebration can apply online at


Media Contact:

Hunter George, Metro Parks Chief Communications Officer,, (253) 305-1065


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