There’s no way around it: The public holiday falls midweek this year, making thoughts of a long weekend a little gratuitous and postponing the usual Fourth fare (beer fests, zombie walks) until Saturday. But in the spirit of Bill Pullman in Independence Day, we say, “We will not go quietly into the night!” Here are four ways to celebrate.
Family Fourth at Lake Union In addition to being “one of the top five fireworks displays in the country” (thanks, Time magazine), this year’s family-friendly event also boasts live music by Seattle soul act Pickwick and orchestral-pop band Hey Marseilles, and a new tie-in with the Wooden Boat Festival. July 4, free, noon–10, Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, 206-673-5060; familyfourth.org
Firecracker 5000 5k Run/Walk Seattle’s only midnight 5k might justify an extra hot dog (or two). Kick off Independence Day by burning the midnight calories dressed as the Statue of Liberty. July 3, $30–$40, 11:55pm, Memorial Stadium, 401 Fifth Ave N, Seattle Center, promotionevents.com
Fireworks Boat Party Take in a prime view of the Lake Union fireworks aboard a 72-foot ship stocked with all the necessary supplies: a full bar, DJs, free giveaways, and go-go dancers. July 4, $25–$100, 7pm–1:30am, 1611 Fairview Ave E, 888-572-3028; hoopstaentertainment.com
Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles Who would have guessed the Orioles would lead the American League this season? Safeco should cook up some extra rally fries for this series. July 2 & 3 at 7:10, July 4 at 1:10, $15–$175, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave S, seattle.mariners.mlb.com