Celebrating Independence: The 35th Annual Four on the Fourth Event in Steilacoom

Steilacoom Town Hall
1717 Lafayette ST
Steilacoom, WA 98388
United States

Suitable for Children

Event Dates and Times
Thursday July 4, 2024
7:30 AM
Celebrating Independence: The 35th Annual Four on the Fourth Event in Steilacoom
On a clear, sunny morning in Steilacoom, Washington, runners and families gather at the historic Steilacoom Town Hall for a cherished local tradition—the 35th Annual Four on the Fourth race. This year’s event promises excitement and community spirit, complete with races, street fairs, parades, and fireworks.

Event Details

The Four on the Fourth is not just a race; it's a celebration of community and patriotism. The event includes a 4-mile race and a 1-mile kids’ race, both starting shortly after the opening ceremonies at 9:00 AM and 9:05 AM respectively. The scenic and mostly flat course offers breathtaking views along the waterfront, enhancing the experience for runners and spectators alike. It's a USATF-certified and sanctioned event, ensuring competitive standards and safety for all participants.

Registration begins bright and early at 7:30 AM, with late registrations accepted up until 8:45 AM for an additional $5 fee. Participants are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire, with prizes awarded for the most festive outfits. Adding to the competitiveness and fun, electronic chip timing is used to record accurate race times.

Apparel and Awards

Event-specific shirts are available for purchase during online registration, providing participants with a memorable keepsake from the race. In terms of accolades, medals are awarded to the first-place overall male and female finishers in the 4-mile race, while ribbons go to the top three in each gender and age group, spanning from toddlers to centenarians.

The children’s race is particularly heartwarming as every young participant receives a finisher ribbon and a small American flag, celebrating their achievement and the festive spirit of the Fourth of July.

Community Impact

The Four on the Fourth is more than a race; it’s a vital community event that contributes to local youth programs. Proceeds from the race go towards purchasing athletic shoes and uniforms for local youth runners and funding a college scholarship for a graduating high school senior, nurturing the next generation of athletes and scholars.

Day’s Activities

After the races, the excitement continues with a street fair, parade, and an evening fireworks display, making it a perfect outing for families and visitors. The event is designed to be inclusive and safe, with a clear policy of no pets on the race course to ensure everyone’s safety.

For those with a competitive edge or a love of dressing up, this event offers a perfect blend of community spirit and festive competition. Whether you’re running, cheering, or enjoying the post-race celebrations, Steilacoom’s Four on the Fourth is a highlight of the summer season, promising fun, fitness, and patriotic fervor.

For more information or to address any inquiries, participants are encouraged to visit the official event website. Whether you're a seasoned runner or a family looking for a day of fun, the Four on the Fourth in Steilacoom is an event that truly embodies the spirit of community and celebration.
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