Happy Independence Day, America! Let Freedom ring, baby. Yes, we know - it's kinda lame that the Fourth falls on a Tuesday this year, but don't let that stop you! This is a day meant to be celebrated. Here's our guide to living your best life on the Fourth. Oh P.S., don't forget your red, white, and blue!
Thunder on the Canal. Start the Fourth early at Alderbrook Resort & Spa's annual "Thunder on the Canal" event. Starting at noon, there will be property-wide events including lawn games, live music, dancing, and an oyster eating contest. The night will finish with a fireworks display. Food and fun for everyone!
Search Party. Okay, so this event isn't on the Fourth, but it sounds amazing anyhow. On Saturday, July 1st Elysian Brewing and The Vera Project are kicking off the 4th of July weekend with a music, food, and beer festival! Search Party starts at 2pm and will have the bands, The Sonics, The Struts, Black Pistol Fire and Thunderpussy. Not to mention there will be over 40 different kinds of beers.
Ballard Locks Summer Concert. Coincidentally enough, the Ballard Locks are celebrating their 100th birthday this July 4th! The concert series continues with the Seattle Civic Band who will most definitely be serving up the tunes.
Party Cruise with Waterways. Is there really a better way to watch the fireworks than on a boat? Methinks - NO! The 2.5 hour Fourth of July cruise sails the waters of both Lake Union and Lake Washington. There will be food, drinks, a live DJ, and an overall amazing party. The event is 21+ and tickets are $139 a pop.
Seafair Summer 4th. One of, if not the best places in Seattle to see some fireworks! Head on down to Gasworks park where they will have vendors for food and live music before the beautiful firework display on Lake Union.
Independence Day Picnic at Cal Anderson Park. The 13th Annual Cal Anderson picnic will start at 11am and runs through 4pm. There will be music, activities, yoga classes, etc! Free.
Kirkland 4th of July Parade. The 17th Annual Kirkland Fourth of July Parade is always a hit! The parade will begin at 10am but the festivites will run until their 10:15p fireworks display!
Bainbridge Island Grand Old 4th of July Parade. In it's 49th year, the big party will start with a pancake breakfast, an all day street fair, foot races, a classic car show, food, entertainment, beer garden, and fun for everyone!
Downtown Bellevue Fourth of July. This Fourth celebration has got it all - food, games, live music, and a firework show! Starting in the early afternoon, you can finish the night out here as well! One stop shopping, baby. There will also be a dog walk and jog starting in the morning called the "Four on the 4th Dog Walk and Jog." It's a 4 kilometer jog and starts at 9am in Ashwood Park. The registration fees will benefit Seattle Humane.
Red, White & Zoo. For the days leading up to the 4th, head on over to the Woodland Park Zoo! Watch the orangutans, lemurs, pigs, gorillas and more as they are treated to star-shaped popsicles, watermelons and corn on the cob. Because zoo animals deserve a sweet treat on Independence Day too!
Tacoma Freedom Fair. If you wanna escape the city, head over to Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma where there will be an air, car and BMX bike show, live music, vendor booths, food booths and a fireworks show.
West Seattle 4th Kid Parade. AKA the "Admiral Kiddie Parade." Kiddos and their families come from all over to walk and ride (bicycles, scooters, strollers, wagons) through residential streets in North Admiral to Hamilton Viewpoint Park. After the parade, there will be games like 3-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races. There will also be concession stands.
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