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Forget 4th of July fireworks in Seattle, get out of town to celebrate


As soon as the news of the cancellation of the 4th of Jul-Ivar’s celebration on the waterfront made its rounds, people knew that the remaining fireworks show at Gas Works Park was going to be even more of a logistical nightmare. This morning, the Seattle Times confirmed that with their article, ‘Going to Gas Works Park? Good luck.’ Gee, that inspires confidence.

The article details road closures in the neighborhood, the problem with Porta Pottis and the idea that people might want a Plan B. While tens of thousands of people will stick with their original Plan A and head down to Gas Works Park anyway, I’m in favor of finding a Plan B.

Actually, I already wrote about my alternative plan to watch the Kirkland fireworks from Magnuson Park in Seattle. It’s a great option and the fireworks aren’t any farther away than watching the Gas Works show from south Lake Union. Now, however, I’m a little worried about letting my secret out. What if hordes descend on Magnuson Park? What if my quiet little spot becomes overrun? While that’s a possibility, it’s also good to know there are many other possibilities for fireworks and 4th of July celebrations all over the Puget Sound region. There’s no reason anyone has to stay in Seattle.

You do want to watch out and plan for all the construction and lane closures on area roads and check ferry schedules, but this Seattle Times article, ‘Construction, holiday travel likely to snarl region’s traffic’ tells you what you need to know.

Now that the “what” is out of the way, let’s get to the “where.” Again, the Seattle Times provides information with ‘Fourth of July festivals and fireworks in Seattle, the suburbs and beyond.’ Are you on the Eastside? No need to leave. South of the city? Plenty going on in Tukwila, Renton, Kent, and Auburn to name just a few community celebrations. North? From Edmonds to Everett you’re covered. Events are listed for areas all over western Washington all the way out to the coast. The only area conspicuously missing was Kitsap County, with the exception of Bainbridge Island, but the Bremerton Patriot has you covered there with their article, ‘Plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth in Kitsap,’ which details celebrations in Keyport, Port Orchard, Pouslbo and Kingston.

So go ahead, get out of town, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.