Thousands of people are expected to attend the Fourth of July celebration at State Fair Park this Thursday. Last year the Yakima City Council decided to cut funding to the event, so two local companies -- Yakima Federal Savings & Loan and Tire Centers of Yakima -- stepped forward to cover the $25,000 deficit.

Along with a giant fireworks display, families will be able to enjoy great music, more than a dozen food vendors and a kids area. The U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters will make a fly-over at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
The Apple Jam music festival kicks off at 3:50 p.m. until the fireworks start at 10 p.m.
The Fourth of July celebration starts at noon.
Yakima and Union Gap have agreed to provide free park-and-ride bus service to and from the event.  A news release gives details.

"Shuttle buses will operate continuously every 15 to 20 minutes from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm and from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm from three Park and Ride lots.

The Park and Ride lot locations will be at the Gateway Center (on Fair Avenue in front of Office Max and Target), Eisenhower High School (at the bus turnout on Tieton Drive near 40th Avenue), and Wide Hollow Elementary School (72nd Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard)."