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…
- Auburn at Emerald Downs after races (on July 3, $10).
- Bellevue at Bellevue Downtown Park starting at 10:05pm.
- Carnation at Tolt Commons starting at 10:10pm.
- Edmonds at Civic Field starting at 10pm.
- Puyallup at the fairgrounds starting at 10:30pm (drive-in, $25–$45 per car).
- Snoqualmie at Snoqualmie Community Park starting at 9:45pm.
- Tacoma at Cheney Stadium following the Tacoma Rainiers game on July 3.
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
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