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Top 4th of July Events in Seattle This Year

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Seattle SkylineLet’s face it: the 4th of July is an awesome time of year for celebration. It’s a time to get together with friends and family to hang out, eat, drink, and enjoy the summer events.

In a glorious city like Seattle, Washington, you don’t have to look hard to find something exciting to do. Here are a few simple things that the Emerald City offers during Independence Day.

1. Seafair Summer Fourth

This event held yearly at Gas Works Park has endless family activities which include entertainment, food, beverages, and fireworks. The fireworks show starts at 10:20 pm. For this event, booze, fireworks, glass bottles, or pets are unfortunately not allowed. However, the show is free!

2. 4th of July Dog Walk

Attention animal lovers and athletes alike! On this day, dress in red, white, and blue for this fabulous 4K Independence Day walk with your favorite pooch. Don’t worry, this walk is non-competitive, so everyone is welcome. The trail starts near Bellevue Library, and the cost is $12 a person. Enjoy!

3. Grand Old Fourth of July

indepenence-day-paradeHere’s a fun one! Ride the glorious Bainbridge Island ferry to the “Grand Old Fourth of July”.

Here, you will be treated to a pancake breakfast (good for the whole family and kiddos will love it!), a car show, a funny foot race, an exciting street fair, a beer and wine garden for the adults, and even a parade in the afternoon.

After all these awesome festivities, don’t forget to stay for the glorious fireworks show that starts at dusk.

4. Tacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow

This phenomenal and patriotic air show boasts six music stages, an array of awesome food booths, beer gardens for the adults, a live air show for kids and adults alike, and finally, an enormous fireworks show that starts at 10:10 p.m. Although this event is free, donations are encouraged to keep this lovely event going strong.

5. Scavenger Hunt at Adventure-Seattle

Here’s a fun one for both children and adults. On the 4th of July, a city-wide scavenger hunt kicks into gear, morphing Seattle into what would appear to be an interactive board game! Urban Adventure Quest has formed a fabulous interactive scavenger hunt that combines the excitement of an Amazing Race with a fabulous sightseeing tour of Emerald City.

Easily guided using your smart phone, multiple groups of people will make their way through overlooked (and familiar!) gems of this fabulous city. While touring, groups will solve the clues and complete challenges all while learning the history of Seattle. This exciting adventure begins at the Space Needle and takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey to admire the coolest sights in the city.

6. Fremont Art Walk

street-painterThis event that is offered on the first Friday of every month this summer is free and open to people of all ages! From 6-9 PM the Fremont Art Walk will boast an array of paintings, live music, ceramics, sculptures, photography, jewelry, food, wine, and homemade brews!

And that’s not all, you’ll have to stop by to enjoy everything the art walk has to offer.

7. Portland Craft Beer Festival

Although this event is not offered in Seattle, the city of Portland is in close proximity, and it boasts a fabulous beer festival for the big kid in you. From July 1-3 this summer, take advantage of tasting some of Oregon’s finest brews. Not a beer fan?

The festival also offers cider and wine, so there’s something to enjoy for every legal-aged adult in attendance. The best part? All of the booze offered is crafted specifically in the city of Portland, which makes the beer, wine, and cider more unique than the majority of beer festivals around. Tickets are only $25 to join in the fun!

8. The Wooden Boat Festival

This awesome summer festival at Union Park is specifically designed to celebrate the maritime heritage of the Northwest. Not only fun to watch, you can participate by putting tools in hands and getting people out on the water. In what, you say? In historic wooden boats! This event is free and exciting for the whole family. The festival starts on July 2nd and goes on until July 4th, so it’s offered for three days. Feeling bold? Enter your own wooden boat!

9. Whidbey Island Fireworks

4th-of-july-fireworks-showThis year’s 2016 event is promised to be the largest show Oak Harbor has ever had, so it’s something you will NOT want to miss.

Fireworks aside, the 4th OH July weekend in Oak Harbor will also include an awesome street fair, fantastic parade, a carnival for all ages, live music, family fun games, and so much more.

There will truly be something for everyone, so you won’t want to miss it.

10. Independence Day Super Hero 5K Run/Walk

Attention athletes and super-hero lovers! On July 4th, we encourage you to dress up as your favorite superhero and partake in this awesome fundraiser. We will begin at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor at 10:00 AM. Everyone is welcome, and registration is $30.


Woohoo! One of the best events of the year, the 99th Maxwelton Community Independence Day parade! Be a part of it, or simply watch the fun happen. The parade will start at 1 pm on July 4th at Maxwelton Beach. Free parking is available and Shuttle service from The Little Brown Church is also available.

The best part about this event is that there is no entry fee to pariticipate in OR to simply watch the parade. Kiddos on bikes or with musical floats are welcome to participate. Almost better than the parade itself are the games and food afterward. Think three-legged races, sprinting competitions, and an egg toss. You are also welcome to donate $1 for a souvenir, a cost which helps support the parade every year!

Delicious and simple foods like hot dogs, soda pop, and chips are all available, as is a slice of good old fashioned American apple pie. You won’t want to miss out.

Regardless of your age or interest, there will be something going on in Seattle this 4th of July to tickle everyone’s fancy . . . you just have to find the hidden gems!

We wish you a wonderful 4th of July weekend! We’re here for all your plumbing needs in Seattle, WA. CallGene Johnson Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical at 206.792.7495.