Northenders can head to the Hotel Bellwether Party on the Patio in Bellingham. It’s a classic BBQ feast with hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad—not to mention a prime spot to catch the fireworks. $15; alcohol costs extra. Call ahead for tickets. hotelbellwether.com/fourth of july
You won’t find those beef burgers at the vegan cookout at Sage Cafe (formally Hillside Quickie’s Café), but we’re told the tempeh variety is just as tasty. Also enjoy potato salad, Southern-style greens, and their signature Mac ‘n’ Yease. It’s a perfect event for the patriotic non-conformist. $8. 2–5 pm. RSVP at email@example.com
If you’re planning to grub on the go, order a picnic basket from Volunteer Park Cafe. In it you’ll find a meat or vegetarian sandwich, two side salads, fruit, dessert, and in-house lemonade. Stop by VPC on or before July 2 to drop off a basket and order your meal. Pick up your food Sunday morning. $15/person.
Meanwhile, Salty’s at Redondo Beach is offering an all-you-can-eat, all-day buffet. Chef Gabriel Cabera is grilling baby back ribs with bourbon glaze along with salmon and honey-mustard chicken. Reservations recommended. (The walk-up Outdoor Seafood Bar will also be open for fish and chips 11:30-7.) $37/adult, $15/child under 12. 9am–6pm.