Red Tricycle Recommends: Seattle Fourth of July Roundup

Fourth of July is celebrated in Seattle as the day that heralds the return of summer weather to the Pacific Northwest. The temperature rises, flags wave and Miss Mary Mack’s elephants finally return from their jump over the fence.

If your family’s endurance is high and you don’t mind crowds, the all-day Family Fourth festival at Gas Works Park is the big show in town, and was saved this year at the last minute by donations from local businesses and citizens. If you go, make sure to check in at the Information Booth to get an ID wristband for your child in the event that you get separated.

Prefer a more intimate celebration? Here are a few of our favorite options:

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is organizing the 9th Annual Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic. Listen to live music, sample a free float in the root-beer garden, experiment with a giant pile of hula hoops, and take part in some of the best people-watching in the city. Last year it was warm enough for the wading pool to be filled. What will this year bring? Please note: The picnic is planned for Saturday, July 2 starting at noon.

The Seattle Civic Band will hold its annual 4th of July concert at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard on Monday, July 4 at 2:00 pm. Be prepared to stomp your feet to the patriotic classics. Come early or stay late to watch the boat traffic navigate the locks.

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Post by Karen McHegg

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