With the start of July (and a weekend highlighted by Independence Day!), there’s plenty of star-spangled fun to be had around the city. On our lineup: an all-day 4th of July party, a popular maritime festival, an awesome neighborhood parade, a train excursion with history, an Eastside 4th of July extravaganza, and an annual show for hot rods. If you’re still looking for more excitement, take the fam to Westlake Park on Sunday for Westlake Family Fun Day (pictured). The Metropolitan Improvement District will be entertaining families with tons of cool activities including live music from kindie fave Johnny Bregar, bounce houses, sponsor booths, giveaways, and much more.

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Seattle

Seafair Summer Fourth
The Seafair Summer Fourth is the big show in town this year! Starting at noon, enjoy a variety of entertainment, food, and all-American games and activities (think pie eating contests, sack races and hula hoop contests) leading up to a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Union. Fri., 12 p.m.–11 p.m. (fireworks start at 10:15 pm). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
This old-fashioned, down-home waterfront festival is where everything is fun, almost everything is free, and nothing is fancy. See lots of wooden vessels, take a free boat ride, participate in a scavenger hunt and enjoy food vendors, live music, exhibits, boat building races, and plenty of kids’ activities. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Wallingford Family Parade & Festival
This family fave (for more than 62 years!) returns to the streets of Wallingford this weekend. In addition to marching bands, drill teams, and those crazy Seafair clowns, see lots (and lots!) of kiddies on decorated bikes, scooters and wagons and enjoy tons of family fun at Meridian Playground Park after the parade. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Step Back in Time This Fourth of July
This Fourth of July, travel back in time to July 4, 1889. The Northwest Railway Museum is celebrating its inaugural passenger excursion train with two commemorative trains. During these special excursions, step back in time with travelers from the 1800s who will be experiencing the first touring excursion to the valley. Fri., 12:30 p.m. & 1:15 p.m. Snoqualmie. $5 to $12 (under 2 free). Commemorative trains do not run to North Bend. All ages. Event details.

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Bellevue Family Fourth
Jugglers, storytellers, rides, bouncy houses and field games at the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone make the Bellevue Family 4th a family fave. After the sun goes down, settle in for a spectacular fireworks show set to the sounds of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and stay late for a post fireworks show concert. Fri., 2 p.m.-11 p.m. (fireworks start at 10:05 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Return to Renton Car Show & Cruise-In
At this family-friendly show, see lots of classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles and enjoy live music and entertainment, activities for the kids, vendor displays, and the always popular cruise-in. Sun., 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (cruise-in starts at 3 pm). Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Metropolitan Improvement District