The Tacoma’s 4th of July Freedom Fair and Air Show
The Roar is Back

Military jets will return to the skies over Commencement Bay this 4th of July as part of the Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show. All three military aviation community outreach single ship demonstration teams have identified Tacoma as the place to be this July.

The United States Air Force returns with an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration along with a Heritage Flight, a vintage World War 2 fighter. This year’s Air Force Demonstration team reached a milestone having the Air Force’s first female single ship demo pilot flying the F-16 Viper.

In addition to the Air Force, the United States Marine Corps is sending the AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet to perform a level 3 Tactical Demonstration. The Harrier is unique in that it can hover for periods of time and can land and take off vertically.

Not to be forgotten, the United States Navy will be sending an F/A-18G from Whidbey Island to perform a Legacy Flight Demonstration. This demonstration entails several formation passes with vintage Naval Aircraft showcasing the history and Legacy of Naval Aviation.

The event, now in its 40th year, is held along a two mile stretch of the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma, Washington.

If you’re into music, then the Freedom Fair and Air Show will not disappoint. The event consists of six stages with musicians playing everything from alternative to gospel with over 30 genres of music. Make sure to stop by Duke’s Chowder House between 8:00 PM-10:00 PM to watch the ARMED FORCES ICON show, a vocal competition where 10 active military and military veterans will compete against each other in a singing competition complete with a panel of judges.

More family friendly activities are on site with a kids parks consisting of inflatables, face painting and all things kids.

Car enthusiasts should make sure to stop by the car show that will be held in the Lobster shop parking lot. See everything from tricked out Corvettes to hot rods. Perfect for the car enthusiast. The car show will take place from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

This year we again will have a place for pets.  Our pet zone on the West end will be a great place to meet other pet owners and those in the pet industry.

The Beach Pole Vaulters competition will be back again for their 25th year. This is the longest running event of its type in the world!

If meeting members of the community, good food, and interesting wares sounds appealing, the Freedom Fair offers a significant number of vendor booths. Visit over 100 local arts and craft and commercial merchandise vendors. With over 45 food vendors offering a variety of cuisine, you’re sure to have some options when it comes to taking a lunch break as well.

For those that don’t want to fight the traffic or deal with parking, then opt to take the bus. This year the bus system will drop passengers at both ends of the Freedom Fair which is conducive to the new layout of the event with the center of the event now being the Les Davis Pier. Visit for a complete schedule of activities and transportation routes.

For More information email or call 253-507-9357