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🇺🇸 ‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Ooooohh, aaaahhhhh.|Photo by @siglivetoeat
Fire up the grills and crack open a cold one — the Fourth of July is just around the corner.

If you’re looking to get out to celebrate the occasion, we’ve rounded up a few local parties that you can join to take part in some good ol’ fashioned American fun.

*Note: Personal firework usage is prohibited in Seattle and King County, but permits can be submitted for smaller ceremonial celebrations in Seattle.

Seafair Summer Fourth | 3-11 p.m. | Gas Works Park + Lake Union Park | This is the big one — rated as one of the best Fourth of July shows in the PNW, this fully choreographed fireworks presentation is accompanied by a musical score and activities.

39th Annual Naturalization Ceremony | 12-1 p.m. | Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center | Hundreds of individuals from around the world will become American citizens in one of the nation’s largest naturalization events.

Grand Old Fourth of July | 7 a.m.-5 p.m. | Downtown Winslow + Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island | In keeping the tradition alive, Bainbridge Island will host its annual pancake breakfast, Bainbridge Youth Services Fun Run, a beer + wine garden, live music, and the Hometown Parade.

Bellevue Family Fourth | 5-10:30 p.m. | Bellevue Downtown Park | This fireworks presentation is synchronized with a live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Fourth of July Splash | 5-10 p.m. | Lake Meridian Park, Kent | Spend the afternoon playing games + enjoying family activities, art projects, and live performances. Free shuttles will run between Fire Station 75 and Kentwood High School from 5 p.m. until after the fireworks.

Auburn Fourth of July Festival | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Les Gove Park, Auburn | Bring the kiddos along for train rides, rock climbing, inflatables, craft artists, a car show, and more.
Friday, June 21
  • The Moth StorySLAM: Baggage | Friday, June 21 | 8 p.m. | Bloedel Hall St. Mark’s, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle | $15 | Prepare a five-minute story about something you carry around with you or listen to other folks’ tales.
  • Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: “Together Again, Again!” | Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23 | Times vary | Seattle Rep, 155 Mercer St., Seattle | $50-$180 | Two PNW performers navigate a world in the year 2065 where the sun has exploded and society has fallen into a dystopian nightmare.
Saturday, June 22
  • Black Bazaar Night Market Pop-Up | Saturday, June 22 | 4-8 p.m. | TASWIRA, 510 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle | Free | Pick up something nice from one of these 20+ Black-owned vendors selling a variety of crafts, clothing, and tasty street food.
  • Radical Resilience: A Big Gay Circus Day & Show | Saturday, June 22 | 5:45-10 p.m. | Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle | $25-$40 | Live out your dreams of running away to the circus by trying your hand at juggling, the German wheel, aerial acrobatics, and more.
  • Bandit Theater Presents: “Mad Science” | Saturday, June 22 | 7 p.m. | Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle | $15-$22.50 | This band of quirky comedians uses STEM-based research from someone in the crowd to act out all sorts of zany situations.
  • Summer Bonsai Solstice | Saturday, June 22 | 4-8 p.m. | Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S. 336th St., Seattle | Free | Celebrate the solstice by immersing yourself in some finely cultivated nature during this museum’s specially extended hours.
Sunday, June 23
  • RIDE TO PRIDE: Pride Brunch & Party Bus with Reign FC | Sunday, June 23 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Rough & Tumble Pub, 5309 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle | $85 | Fill up on mimosas and get your game face on for the ride over to Lumen Field.
  • Summer Mead Festival | Sunday, June 23 | 12-4:30 p.m. | Skål Beer Hall, 5429 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle | $30 | Channel your inner hobbit at this celebration of the PNW’s most delectable honey wines on a beautiful summer’s day.
  • Painting with Bacteria | Sunday, June 23 | 6-8 p.m. | SoundBio Lab, 1100 NE 47th St., Seattle | Yup — you read that right. Use some bacteria-based paints to make an actual living work of art that glows in the dark.
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News Notes
  • Well-loved Capitol Hill arts venue Cafe Racer announced that it will be closing after it was unable to establish a lease agreement. Instead, the company will focus on its nonprofit outreach efforts to promote growth among youth artists. Cafe Racer’s last day will be on Sunday, June 30. (KING 5)
  • Two Seattle schools will require students to lock their phones in pouches (the same ones you may have used at live performances to prevent filming) during the school day beginning this Fall. Hamilton International and Robert Eagle Staff middle schools are adopting the practice to create “safer spaces for students.” (Seattle Times)
  • Popular burger joint Beast and Cleaver is shutting off the grills at its 49th Street location. The restaurant’s last day of service inside Fair Isle Brewing is set for Sunday, July 28. The owners said, “some things just aren’t meant to be,” in regards to their reason for closing. (Eater Seattle)
  • Andrew Conru, the new owner of the old Lusty Lady building, is launching new arts-focused nonprofit Conru Arts Foundation. The foundation will look to support organizations like the arts publication PublicDisplay.ART, which was set to close this year. (Seattle Times)
  • Time to plan ahead — from 10 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 24, the Montlake Boulevard on and off ramps to SR-520 will be closed for construction work.
Coming Soon
  • Eastside specialty drink shop Matcha Magic is expanding through two Seattle locations. The shop announced its plans to open a new storefront at 11th Avenue and Pine Street by early 2025, as well as a South Lake Union location that is scheduled to open this August. (Capitol Hill Seattle)
  • Oh, honey, honeyyou’re Seattle’s first candy shopppp. Historian Ron Edge discovered a photograph dating back to 1875 that likely shows Seattle’s first sweets shop named the Puget Sound Candy Manufactory. No known photo of this tasty bit of history has previously been found. (Seattle Times)
  • After missing the entire offseason, Seahawks player Abraham Lucas seems to be recovering well from his knee surgery. Hear from the local experts about what his return could mean for the team with Locked On’s daily, Seahawks-focused podcasts.
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🍹 Chill out, why don’t cha?
Ridgewood Bottle and Tap has frosés all day.
Ridgewood Bottle and Tap has frosés all day. | Photo via @ridgewood_bottle_and-tap
Feeling toasty? We scouted out some of the best boozy slushies around town — from classic margs and tropical concoctions to frosés all day.

Here’s how to cool down as the mercury rises:
  • Dreamland | A brunch fave, this place has two flavors on tap: the chai slush and the baja explosion.
  • Ridgewood Bottle and Tap | This family- and dog-friendly spot features a popular frozen rosé + an assortment of rotating sour slushies — and they let you bring in whatever snacks suit your fancy.
  • Milk Drunk | The mellow spot known for fried chicken sandwiches also offers a frozen cucumber mojito and guava margarita.
  • Jude’s Old Town | Sip on a slush spiked with your spirit of choice and blended with fresh juices.
  • Bottlehouse | Summer picnic, anyone? Try the frosé alongside an elegant charcuterie board.
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What’s your favorite way to spend a sunny day in Seattle?

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Seattle really comes alive during the summer.


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Earlier this week we asked you about your favorite ways to spend a sunny summer day in Seattle, and we’re definitely adding them to our own to-do list. One reader suggested grabbing a to-go lunch and finding a nice shady spot at Lincoln Park, while others used the opportunity to explore new neighborhoods.
The Wrap
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From the editor
City Editor Madeline and I saw King Sheim, Femmes Eat Fruit, and Dining Dead at a lively show at Cafe Racer just last month — we’re so sad to see the bar and venue go.

Make sure to show the owners and staff some love before they close up shop.
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