Things to do in Seattle for the 4th of July

June 17, 2019
Things to do in Seattle for the 4th of July

It’s easy to look forward to the 4th of July each year. Hot dogs on the grill, kids running through the sprinklers, lighting sparklers in the driveway… it’s always a great time with the family! This year, because the 4th falls on a Thursday, taking Friday (the 5th) off will get you an extra-long weekend. SCORE!

If you’ll be in Seattle during this patriotic and sentimental holiday, you’re in luck. We have one of the most highly rated fireworks shows in the nation and plenty of things to do around the city to celebrate.

Even lemurs and pigs want to celebrate Independence Day! On June 29th, our furry friends at the Woodland Park Zoo will devour star-shaped popsicles and fruits and veggies in honor of the 4th. Snap photos of these adorable creatures and learn fun facts about what they like to eat and do.

Pie is a staple at any 4th of July celebration, right? Whether you love apple, blueberry, raspberry or strawberry rhubarb, make this year’s pie the best one yet. You can learn how to create the most buttery pie crust at The Works Seattle where you’ll take home your dough to bake over the weekend. YUM!

4th of July Pie

There’s nothing quite as patriotic as the Star Spangled Banner, but you’ll be surprised at how many symphonies have been written about the United States. On July 3rd at Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Wind Symphony & Chorus will play great American classics like God Bless America, Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Stars and Stripes Forever and more. Don’t miss hearing these masterpieces!

Yes, we’re open ALL weekend long including on July 4th, and it’s a spectacular time to ride on our Seattle boat tours! The combination of warm weather, great dad jokes and water shining on Lake Union will have you in the celebratory spirit. Learn Seattle history while laughing all around town and seeing Seattle’s highlights in just 90 minutes- it’s a great activity for the whole family.

Alki Annie driving through Seattle

What goes hand-in-hand with a classic American weekend? Classic American cars. On July 4th in Auburn, WA at Les Gove Park, car enthusiasts will gather to show off their sweet rides. See antiques, classics, hot rods and more- and who knows? Maybe you’ll see one for sale and end up with a unique way to road-trip back home!

If you’re a little nostalgic about missing your 4th of July picnic at home, head to Cal Anderson Park on the 4th for their annual family picnic. Listen to some great local bands, participate in a pie eating contest and enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream. Kids can also get their faces painted and take home a balloon creation.

4th of July Picnic

Seattle’s 4th of July weekend culminates with the Seafair Summer Fourth at Gasworks Park. Get tasty food while buying goods from local vendors and listening to live music. Adults 21+ can check out the beer garden, but kids still have their own pie-eating contests and sack races, so there’s something for everyone. Reserve seating or bring a blanket to view a spectacular fireworks show voted one of the nation’s best by USA Today and Business Insider.

*New this year: Lake Union Park will have special seating and a beer garden, age 21+ only.

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*Did you know? Some photos that appear on this page are public domain! Neat!

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