So you want to see some fireworks and plumb your patriotic depths. We've got you covered.
Fireworks, Festivals, and Parades
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.
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.
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.
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.
The annual Fourth of July festivities return to Kirkland with a kids and community parade through downtown.
This year's celebration includes a kids and pet parade, live music, food trucks, and a costume contest at Memorial Field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.