This weekend will mark 240 years since 56 members of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence during the early years of the American Revolutionary War.
But why celebrate the Fourth of July with colorful sparks and loud booms? The tradition can be traced back to a letter John Adams wrote his wife Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776 where he referenced celebrating the beginning of America’s independence with “…Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
If you don’t plan to launch your own version of illuminations on July 4, here are three spots in Seattle to catch the fireworks display over Lake Union.
The largest Fourth of July party in Seattle is organized by Seafair and held at Gas Works Park. The views over Lake Union are beautiful any time of year, making the fireworks show particularly remarkable.
There is plenty of fun to be had long before the sun goes down and the show begins. Food vendors range from typical festival foods to a classic salmon bake, two beer gardens, there are games and activities for kids and live music from the main stage.
This location includes FREE General Admission as well as reserved seating sections available for purchase. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE RESERVED SEATING.
If you want to watch the Seattle fireworks for free but don’t want to deal with the crowds and mayhem of Gas Works Park, Bhy Kracke Park in Queen Anne is a fantastic alternative. Bhy Kracke is a park as unique as its name; it overlooks Lake Union, has several spots for unique views of the city along many trails that are cut into the steep hill side and fantastic open areas for kids to cavort.
Being aboard a boat during the fireworks might seem out of reach to those of us who do not own boats, so imagine how excited we were to discover the Arthur Foss! This is advertised as an “adults only” event – perfect for date night! The $75 ticket price includes two drinks and dessert buffet with all proceeds benefit Northwest Seaport.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend!