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Seattle’s Fireworks and 4th Festivities

Celebrate Independence Day at beerfests, zombie walks, watching fireworks and more.

By Mary Pritchard June 29, 2010


In a city overflowing with civic pride (hello, we did save the Family 4th Fireworks, right?), it can be hard to choose just how to celebrate this Independence Day. Here are our top picks for the Fourth festivities that mix the traditional with the just plain weird.

Brews and Brains
Seattle International Beerfest will help you kick off the holiday the right way. Get to the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater starting Friday at noon, and $20 will award you with a weekend wristband and 10 beer tickets to start sampling more than 150 ales and lagers from around the globe. But if you actually sample 150 beers…well, that might be the end of your weekend, too. Just sayin’.

Maybe you’re interested in making a different kind of history…the kind that lets you use up last Halloween’s white face paint and fake blood. Join this year’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest zombie walk at Fremont’s Red, White and Dead Zombie Block Party on Saturday—brain-loving zombies can be patriotic too, right?

Boats and Ka-Booms
The Wooden Boat Festival on South Lake Union provides more of a traditional holiday on the water (you know, if the flag-waving undead is a bit much for you). Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for free rides on their sailboats and motorboats, water races, kids’ activities, and a fleet of tall ships and historic wooden boats to peruse at your leisure.

Cirque du Soleil is also offering half-price children’s tickets to its July 3 and 4 Kooza shows under the big top at Marymoor Park. Popcorn and soft drinks included. To get tickets, visit

Witness what Time magazine calls one of the top five fireworks displays in the country at the Family 4th Fireworks at Lake Union. The always-crowded event is likely to be packed with patriotic Seattleites after this year’s rescue efforts ($500,000 in private donations to keep the event on the calendar) so be sure to get to Gas Works Park early on July 4 to snag a prime viewing spot on the hill. Fireworks start at 10pm. (Note: Lake Union Park, on the south side of Lake Union, is under construction and will be closed to the public.)

Want all the excitement of the holiday without the hassle of leaving Gas Works Park alongside the teeming masses of humanity? Hotel Bellwether is hosting a $15 barbecue dinner for their Party on the Patio, leaving you satiated and with the perfect view of the Bellingham city fireworks.

Also around the area:
Kirkland’s Red, White, and Blue Celebration
Symetra Bellevue Family 4th Fireworks

Find a map of other local fireworks displays and 4th festivities here.

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