PRESS RELEASE: Honor “Hometown Heroes” for Derby Days 2018

Press Release

Honor "Hometown Heroes" for Derby Days 2018

June 25, 2018

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager

Redmond, WA – This year’s Redmond Derby Days Summer Festival takes place on Friday evening and all-day Saturday, July 13 and 14 at Redmond City Hall campus. The theme this year, “Hometown Heroes,” invites the entire community and surrounding areas to celebrate the people who make Redmond a better place in ways both big and small. Join in the fun by wearing your favorite hero apparel, from Superman to Wonder Woman or any other hero you are proud to represent. New this year, to encourage the Hometown Heroes theme, attendees can join other participants for a costume contest in the Beer and Wine Garden and participate in the “Heroes of Redmond” activity with our very own Redmond Teen Center. 

“Derby Days is a 78-year Redmond tradition that connects our diverse and vibrant community,” said Mayor John Marchione. “Come out and join your neighbors as we honor heroes of all kinds for this year’s Derby Days celebration.”

Derby Days begins Friday night, July 13 with the family-friendly Derby Dash 5K Walk/Run and a great music lineup on the main stage. Grab a snack or dinner from over 15 food vendors, enjoy the Derby Days Beer and Wine Garden or hop on an opening night carnival ride. 

The following day, join the City’s local team of heroes, the Redmond Fire Department (RFD) for Saturday breakfast at Fire Station 11. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and a suggested $5 donation benefits the RFD Benevolent Fund. Immediately following breakfast, bring the kids to sign up for the Ben Franklin Kids’ Parade, the longest running kids’ parade in the nation. Since its inception in 1940, Redmond’s children have decorated their wheels and circled the block, making way for the Grand Parade - a tradition not to be missed! Kids’ Parade sign-in begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Opportunity Building parking lot, 8383 158th Ave., with a Redmond Police officer leading the kids on their ceremonial lap at 10:00 a.m. 

After the Kids’ Parade find your seats for the Go Redmond Grand Parade, featuring some local Redmond Heroes as our Grand Marshals and special appearances by your favorite Super Heroes. Stick around after the parade for a meet and greet and photo opportunity with the Super Heroes in our new Kids’ Zone in front of the Redmond Library!

Derby days continues all afternoon with a lively main stage lineup, the ever-popular Northwest Carnival, a Cornhole Tournament and a Youth Criterium bike race with fun prizes for all participants. Other festival elements happening during the weekend include Derby Days Criterium bike race, food from a variety of vendors, local microbrews and wine in the Beer and Wine Garden, the Redmond Arts Festival at Redmond Town Center, and plenty of free kid’s activities. 

As the sun sets, bring a blanket and settle in on the grass or put on your dancing shoes! You will not want to miss the closing act Cherry Cherry, one of the coolest variations of the Neil Diamond experience, starting at 8:30 p.m. Following Cherry Cherry, stay seated for the Derby Days finale, a spectacular fireworks display that will close out the weekend at 10:00 p.m.

Ample parking is available at the City Hall Parking Garage and Redmond Town Center. A free shuttle will run on Saturday, July 14 between parking sites from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For additional information, the schedule or to register for activities visit

For questions and more information about this press release contact Lisa Maher, Communications Manager, at or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on                                                              


Photo provided courtesy of the City of Redmond.

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