Community Baby you’re a firework! Here are the BEST Seattle spots to see fireworks this 4th of July

The biggest and brightest firework show around happens right on Lake Union, and lucky for Seattleites, there are SO MANY places you can catch the view from! (Featured image via Tanya on Flickr.) 

Since it’s officially summer here in Seattle (although the weather sure isn’t acting like it right now…), that means it doesn’t get dark until pretty late. So, just keep in mind that most shows will start around 10pm—be prepared to be out late!

 

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Here’s a few of our favorite spots to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks show from:

 

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Cruise Around Lake Union

If you’ve got a boat or a friend with a boat (or hey, a friend of a friend with a boat) this is pretty much the ultimate 4th of July experience. There are also lots of boating experiences + party cruises you can buy tickets to, as well—let someone else take the wheel and you can sit back and relax! Here, here, and here you’ll find just a few of the many cruise options available.

 

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Rooftop Decks 

Whether you have your own private perch to take in the show from or you head to a rooftop bar for the night, you can get a fantastic view of Lake Union fireworks from a rooftop bar. MBAR in SLU is throwing a *fabulous* party for the 4th, but you’ve gotta get your tickets in advance. The Mountaineering Club in University District is another happenin’ spot, and they’re also throwing a big bash (which you’ll also need tickets for).

 

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Gas Works Park 

This one is probably the most obvious choice so it must be included! Nestled right along Lake Union, you have a *front row* seat to the action. (The main downside is this can get pretty crowded.) You’ll also find a 21+ beer garden and kid-friendly activities.

 

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Lake Union Park

Located on the south end of Lake Union directly across from Gas Works, the 12-acre Lake Union Park is another prime viewing experience.

 

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Aurora Bridge

Exercise *extra* caution with this one of course, but the Aurora bridge overlooks Lake Union and Gas Works, giving you a prime overhead view of all of the festivities below. (And, you can also take in a view from the Burke-Gilman Trail that rests just below the bridge and runs along the north side of Lake Union).

 

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Beach Parks in East Seattle 

If you’d like a different view, you can head to one of the many scenic beach parks nestled on the shores of Lake Washington on the east side of Seattle. Denny Blaine Park, Madison Park Beach, Magnusson Park, etc. are all great options, and there are really too many parks + “secret” little beaches along the shoreline to name. Depending where you choose, you’ll be able to catch one (or a few) of the shows happening on the Eastside. Both Bellevue and Kirkland each put on their own spectacular shows.

 

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