What to Do in and around Seattle for Fourth of July

From the traditional to the fittingly progressive.

By Seattle Met Staff

So you want to see some fireworks and plumb your patriotic depths. We've got you covered.

Fireworks, Festivals, and Parades 

Seafair Summer Fourth

Wallingford, South Lake Union

After a Covid hiatus, this signature event is back and bigger than ever at Gas Works and Lake Union Park. Live concerts and beer gardens abound in both locations. And if you want to skip jostling for space, reserved seating costs anywhere from $40$85. The fireworks should start around 10:20pm.

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth


The fireworks are, alas, canceled this year as Civic Field is under construction, but this suburb still plans to celebrate the day with parades and fun runs. 

Auburn Fourth of July Festival


Les Gove Park becomes home base for a rollicking activity lineup: train rides, a car show, mini golf, bungee trampolines, crafts, and food vendors. Bonus: The spray park will help keep things cool.

Bellevue Family Fourth


Flock once again to massive Bellevue Downtown Park, where food trucks, live music, and a designated family-fun area return. Fireworks lights up the sky around 10:05pm. Parking is a bear (both before and after the event), so explore alternate modes of transportation.

Celebrate Kirkland


The annual Fourth of July festivities return to Kirkland with a kids and community parade through downtown.

Down Home Fourth of July


This year's celebration includes a kids and pet parade, live music, food trucks, and a costume contest at Memorial Field. 

Everett's July Fourth


Legion Memorial Park acts as the hub for flag-waving festivities. Imagine Children's Museum is on hand with activities for the kids, while a beer garden, food trucks, and live music keep everyone else going. The fireworks start around 10:30pm.

Grand Old Fourth of July 

Bainbridge Island

Thousands turn out for this daytime affair on Winslow Way and in Waterfront Park. Family-friendly activities include a pancake breakfast, a fun run, a car show, a street fair, and a parade. Adults will appreciate the beer and wine garden. Festivities go from 7am to 5pm.

Fourth of July on Lake Union

Lake Union, Kirkland

The masses packed into Gas Works will seem like peons compared to those who wisely purchase a ticket to board an Argosy Cruises party boat. Two depart from Lake Union and Kirkland, respectively, and keep the good vibes going with a full-service bar and a front-row view of the fireworks.

Everything Else 

27 Flags Independence Day Celebration


At the Museum of Flight, Members of Skyway Post 9430 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars bring it back to the reason we have July 4 off in the first place: the birth of the United States. Presentations of the 27 different iterations of the American flag take place at 11am and 2pm.

Ascend Prime Summer Epicurean Soiree


Fancy synonyms aside, this is a party about food. Lots of it. Seven stations feature 20 different drinks and bites. In true Ascend fashion, there's a live band and rooftop patio access.

Naturalization Celebration

Lower Queen Anne

There are a lot of reasons to be disappointed with the state of the nation right now (see: mass shootings and abortion rights). Still many have worked hard for the privilege to be a citizen of this country, and the annual naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center celebrates all the reasons why.

Red, White and Bollywood Party (July 3)


"Let's celebrate the things that make America great: immigrants, diversity, music, and dance!" You heard 'em. Throughout the night at Nectar Lounge, DJ Prashant and DJ Lakshay spin Punjabi, Bollywood, and South Indian beats.


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