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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday. July 2

Patriot Night Under the Lights features Aaron Tippin on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Kittitas Valley Event Center


Country western stars featured at Patriot Night Under the Lights

Country-western singer Aaron Tippin headlines Patriot Night Under the Lights at the Kittitas Valley Event Center on Thursday. The doors open at 6 p.m. and Huckleberry Road performs at 7 p.m., followed by Tippin at 8:30 p.m. A Patriot After-Party with Keith Anderson follows the fireworks display at 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 and children under 10 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. There will be a family zone and a beer garden at the show.

Planning for fireworks

There will be two public aerial fireworks displays on July 4. The Patriot Night Under the Lights celebration at the Kittitas Valley Event Center includes a firework display at 9:45 p.m. The Upper County’s Pioneer Days celebration features a fireworks show at dusk. The fireworks are shot off at Fireman’s Park and are visible anywhere in downtown Cle Elum.

Personal fireworks are prohibited on July 4 in all jurisdictions, except for unincorporated Kittitas County and the city of Kittitas.

Black Horse public hearing on Tuesday

The Kittitas County commissioners hold a public hearing to consider the infrastructure and phasing agreement for the remaining development phases for Black Horse at Whiskey Creek at 2 p.m., today in the Commissioners’ Auditorium.

Holiday kicks off in Cle Elum

Pioneer Days start Thursday with an Independence Day Celebration from 2 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park in Cle Elum. There will be a kids’ zone, food trucks, a beer garden and a lineup of live music. The music begins with Micah J at 4:30 p.m., followed by Jared Graham at 6:15 p.m. and the American Honey Band at 8:15 p.m. Pioneer Days continues throughout the weekend.

Pioneer Days Parade on Saturday

The Pioneer Days Parade at 10 a.m., Saturday, in downtown Cle Elum headlines the weekend community festival. Other Saturday activities include Roslyn Riders Play Day, Ronald Heritage Festival, live music downtown, dock diving dogs and the Pioneer Days Queen reception. Sunday events include the Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby and the Fireman’s Pioneer Breakfast.

Pfenning Road project starts July 8

The Pfenning Road improvement project between Vantage Highway and Radio Road starts on July 8. Work includes utility improvements, sidewalk and stormwater swale improvements and a new driving surface. The area will have detours, and the project will continue through early September.


5K on July 4

The Ellensburg Morning Rotary Firecracker 5K is on Thursday at Rotary Park. The event features a 5K run at 5K Run at 8:30 a.m. and a Kids Run at 9:45 a.m. This is a family-friendly race and all proceeds go toward the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Local Foundation to support a 4-H animal that will be donated to FISH.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is Italian pasta salad and peaches. The lunch is open to all seniors age 60-plus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Ellensburg, and noon to 1 p.m., in Cle Elum. Meal sites are the Ellensburg Open Table and the Cle Elum Seventh-day Adventist Church. The community lunch for anyone needing a hot meal is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ellensburg location.


The forecasted high today in Ellensburg is 79 degrees. Sunset is at 9 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 57 degrees. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph.


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