Editor’s note: America, we have our work cut out for us. I just got back from celebrating Canada Day in British Columbia, and short of handing out free poutine on street corners, they know how to show their pride up north. I saw maple leaf hats that rival Wisconsin cheese heads. People were decked out in red and white—in fact, everyone seemed to own a T-shirt or sweatshirt that said CANADA in big, bold font. Canada must have an incredible public relations team. Do you own a USA shirt? I don’t.
Thru July 4 Fourth of July festivities kick off this week at Lake Union with the Wooden Boat Festival, now bigger, better, and more shellacked.
July 2–4 Doesn’t get much more American than a baseball game—the Seattle Mariners face the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco.
July 3 at 11:55pm Seattle’s only midnight 5k might justify an extra hot dog (or two). Burn the midnight calories dressed as the Statue of Liberty in the Firecracker 5000 5k Run/Walk.
July 4 Seattle soul kids Pickwick and orchestral-pop band Hey Marseilles play the prelude to the city’s fireworks show at the Family Fourth at Lake Union.
July 4 Take in the Lake Union fireworks from a prime view on the water: Argosy Cruises offers several fireworks cruises (which are selling out quickly), and Hoopsta Entertainment’s Fireworks Boat Party provides the essentials: a full bar, DJs, free giveaways, and go-go dancers.
July 7 The march of the undead looks a little like the “Thriller” dance. Fremont’s Red, White, and Dead zombie walk returns this weekend on a new date (normally July 3).
Not in Seattle? There are Independence Day celebrations in every neighborhood, from Tacoma’s Freedom Fair to Kirkland’s parade and Marina Park party. Seattle P-I has a comprehensive list of area fireworks displays.
Happy 4th, all.