If on the Fourth of July someone asks if you want some "AppleJam" be sure to say "Yes Please!"

What's Cooking On The Fourth Of July

Yakima's annual 4th of July Celebration is advertised to be "better than ever", as musicians from around the area will turn out for the music competition known as AppleJam.  This year, AppleJam 4 features a day full of music, fun, and fireworks as bands compete for more than $1,500 in cash and prizes along with spots performing at this year’s Central Washington State Fair.

This year’s 4th of July Celebration is scheduled from noon to 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, at State Fair Park, 1301 South Fair Avenue, Yakima.

How It Works

Due to the COVID pandemic, last year’s celebration was a “best of" past AppleJam players so for AppleJam 4, starting today (April 25th)  musicians can upload a demo video for free at YakimaAppleJam.com.  Musicians can perform and compete in either the solo or the band contest. The deadline for entry is May 25th which is when all the entries will be made available on YakimaAppleJam.com for public voting – with the performers who get the most votes winning a slot in the Yakima AppleJam Battle of the Bands 4 lineup.

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Paul Crawford, Marketing Manager of Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, sponsor of this year’s 4th of July Festival:

The first part of the selection process will depend on bands motivating their friends, family, and fans to get out and vote...the top vote-getters in the first round will be invited to perform live at Yakima’s 4th of July Celebration at State Fair Park. They’ll try and wow a panel of VIP judges in hopes of winning the top prize: $500 for the best band performance, $500 for the best solo performance, and an additional $500 for the best overall performance.

Who's In?

The answer is simple - anyone who wants to---even You!  The contests are open to all ages and all genres, and it's FREE to compete in the fun family-friendly concert in front of what has historically been a great big crowd.

YAKIMA APPLEJAM 4 is a free event and is produced by Yakima Federal Savings and Loan and State Fair Park.

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