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Posted June 24, 2015 in Features

Independence Day – The SLU Way

Whip together water, boats, history, food, music, crafts, kids, skydivers and fireworks, and you’ve got yourself one zippy, uniquely Seattle Fourth of July summer cocktail. Between the Wooden Boat Festival and Seafair, there are more activities to do than you and your family have time for– but come down and get your money’s worth. Oh wait – they’re all FREE.

Kicking off the long weekend’s festivities is:

Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St

The Wooden Boat Festival tips the hat to the Northwest’s briny past, putting tools in hands and getting people out on the water in historic wooden boats. Cruise the lake and learn what went into crafting these beautiful, historic wooden vessels. Everyone in the family will dig this down-home waterfront event, because you know what? When you dip your soul in water, it expands.

Explore historic boats (including the Virginia V!) ▪ build toy boats ▪ tour the Center’s shop and exhibits ▪ take boat rides ▪ see ship-building, knot-tying, wood-bending demos ▪ enjoy live music, and much more!

On July 4 at 6 p.m., the waterfront closes to boating and revs up for…

Saturday, July 4
Lake Union Park , 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Come to Lake Union Park to have a blast and grab your seat for the city’s beloved Independence Day pyrotechnics. It’s a day of celebration that ends by blowing stuff up in the most beautiful way. Fireworks are always thrilling (oooh, ahhh) but in Seattle we get more bang for the buck because the whole show is reflected in Lake Union. It’s not just boom-pow, people – it’s art. Festivities are free to the public and also feature reserved seating for purchase.


Activities: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria live music and entertainment stage ▪ food booths and concessions ▪ beverage garden ▪ exhibit booths ▪ Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival (till 6 p.m.) ▪ open and reserved seating for fireworks.

The Main Event: Fireworks Show @ 9 p.m.
Western Display Fireworks creates and launches cutting edge fireworks choreographed to the Seafair Summer Fourth musical score. It’s a goosebump-inspiring great time in the company of your community, and not to be missed!

All-American BBQ and corn on the cob will be for sale in the park. Want to bring your own? That’s OK, but no BBQ grills or personal booze, please, and coolers are subject to search.

Beverage Gardens
Isn’t that a polite name for a beer garden? Lake Union Park will have them for 21+, with Anchor Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Svedka Vodka and Casa Noble Tequila, and soft bevs too.

Reserved seats can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.

Posted by DiscoverSLU on Jun. 24
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