You probably can't get fireworks like these for your 4th of July party, but... might as well try.
You probably can't get fireworks like these for your 4th of July party, but... might as well try.

For Today

Boom City Firework Sale

With the Fourth of July coming up, we're sure at least some of you readers are thinking about fireworks. Boom City in Tulalip is the spot to get sparklers, roman candles, and more complex contraptions legally, and Thursday is the last day before the prices go up. 

If you're going to light some fireworks for America, don't be dumb. Wear shoes (it's incredibly easy to step on a still-hot discarded sparkler), have a sober person do the physical act of lighting any fuses, and keep your distance. As fun as a close up may seem at the time, you're going to want your hair and eyebrows unsinged in the morning. 

No, they're not legal in Seattle, but... the police love Uncle Sam too...?

Boom City Firework Sale, now through Thu, July 3, Boom City Fireworks, 10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard, prices vary.

For Friday

Firecracker 5k

Technically, this one starts on Thursday; Club Northwest is putting on its midnight city run and fundraiser again this year, starting and finishing in Memorial Stadium.The path through downtown should be beautiful in the dark of night, with buildings and the moon's reflective powers giving pre-registered runners just enough light to be safe.

Running (or walking) in the cool air of the early morning sounds like a great way to kick off what should be a hot day of celebrating Independence. The lobsterbacks would never have let throngs of people run the streets at midnight. Cursed be King George.  

Firecracker 5k, Thu, July 3, 11:55 pm, Memorial Stadium, 401 5th Ave N, $40.

For Saturday

Cheasty Greenspace First Saturday Work Party

Recent controversy regarding the Beacon Hill park won't stop dedicated volunteers from working to preserve the greenspace's natural beauty on Saturday. They'll be meeting at a nearby home before donning work gloves, picking up some tools, and venturing out into the bush.

Cheasty may soon become home to mountain biking trails, assuming the local wildlife change their stance on the issue, but regardless a little forest maintenance the morning after a late night of fireworks may be just the rejuvination Independence Day revelers need. 

Cheasty Greenspace First Saturday Work Party, Sat, July 5, 10am, meet at the DeJong residence, 2809 S. Alaska Place, free.

Advance Notice for July 9

Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code

We mentioned this last week, but as of yesterday afternoon only 15 spots remained available so a reminder seemed to be in order. 

In 2010, only 25 percent of downtown employers offered bike parking to their employees, and that number has not improved since. Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club at Union Station Great Hall to evaluate existing bike racks and discuss methods to ensure the city is properly racked going forward. 

Rackathon
, Wed, July 9, 2:30–4:30pm, Union Station Great Hall, 605 5th Ave S, free with pre-registration

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