You can see Lake Union fireworks such as these via a screen, or other shows in person. 

So You Want to See Some Fireworks

Well, Seafair’s standard Lake Union blowout is online for a second year because of the pandemic (you can watch a special comprised of previous shows on KING-TV). But if you need that militaristic sparkle and boom live, several cities near Seattle are hosting explosions. You can catch them in…

Or You’d Rather Not See Fireworks

The city is just now yawning open after long closures. But here are a few events:

The Life and Times of Victoria C. Woodhull; Future Presidentress
Victoria C. Woodhull is conspicuously absent from most U.S. history curriculums, despite being the first woman to ever run for president, the first American woman to co-own a stock brokerage, and a consummate badass and free love proponent. This July 4, Vashon Island’s UMO Ensemble debuts an audio play set at the dawn of the gilded age, centered on this woman reviled and celebrated in equal measure by her contemporaries. Online, free

BeautyBoiz Revival at Supernova
If this whirl of go-go dancers, drag queens, and house music at SoDo’s new club was not where our founding fathers imagined we’d go with freedom, then perhaps they lacked imagination. Supernova, $20

Blue Moon Tavern Grand Reopening 
Seattle’s most legacied dive bar will reopen with a free show from a pair of local jam bands—the 350s and Moose Almighty. Blue Moon Tavern, free

Started in 1995, this weekly dance party claims to be the longest-running house music night on the West Coast. For this show, Doza, Julie Herrera, Chloe Harris, and Brian Lyons perform. Kremwerk, $19 (sold out but there’s a waiting list and limited door tickets)

Red, White, and Views
The University District’s rooftop bar will celebrate the holiday with oysters, two DJs, and sparkler-garnished cocktails. Go easy on the hairspray. Mountaineering Club, a la carte

Red White and Boom Run
If independence to you looks like running as quickly as possible in summer heat, Magnuson Park will host 5k and 10k runs on its loop. Magnuson Park Beach, $30–$35

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