Happy holiday weekend! Ready for a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue-wearing, fireworks-watching few days? We’ve got our picks for some of the best kid-friendly firework and Independence Day celebrations around, plus a great way to spend your post-holiday Monday.  (For an even more complete list of this weekend’s celebrations, check out RT’s Fourth of July roundup.  If the weather cooperates and you need to cool off in a pool, Peter Kirk Park Pool, Colman Pool, and Mounger Pool all have open swim times.  Whatever you do, have a safe, spirit-filled holiday weekend.


Festivus for the Rest of Us
 Bellevue Family Fourth If you’ve got patriotic stamina, the best way to enjoy this celebration is to come early and stay late. There’s tons of stuff to do in the Family Fun Zone, from interactive games to face painting, inflatables and a climbing wall, plus picnic games like sack races and bean bag toss. Stay for the fireworks, which are synchronized to music by the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra.  Sun., 2 to 10:30 pm, Bellevue, Free. Read more

Community Communing
Celebrate Kirkland This hands-down highlight of this great annual event is the kiddie parade. Arrive early to decorate bikes and wagons, make festive hats and get your face-painted. The parade starts at 11:30 am at Market and Central.  Stay later for food, music and the annual duck dash, not to mention fireworks.  Sun., 10 am to 10:30 pm, Kirkland, Free. Read more

Community Communing, Part II
Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day Start the day with the Kids, Pets and Pride parade and then partake in pony rides, pie eating, games, races and music. Plus, try your hand at old-fashioned activities like butter-making and antique logging.  Sun., 11 am to 2 pm, Issaquah, Free. Read more


Festival Fun
Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic One of the most family-friendly and fun events on Capitol Hill has everything from free stuff (cotton candy and a root beer garden!) to great activities (hula hoop contest and  patriotic tie-dye) to delectable food (Skillet’s mobile truck) and amazing music. Sat., noon to 5 pm, Capitol Hill, Free. Read more




Community Communing
Family 4th at Lake Union This will forever be remembered as the year the people (plus Microsoft and Starbucks, et al…) saved the 4th of July in Seattle. The show (fireworks and all!) goes on at Gas Works Parks and for the Littles, the best option is to go early in the day and hit the Playfield, where there will be kitemaking, face painting, climbing walls,  a giant inflatable slide, and more.  Sun., noon to 10 pm, Seattle, Free. Read more

Better Than TV
Bicycle Sundays at Seward Park Since Monday’s a holiday, how about a family adventure?  Grab those bikes and trikes and head to Lake Washington Boulevard, where the four-mile stretch of road between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park is closed to motorized traffic.  Stop for a dip in the lake or pack a picnic lunch. (NOTE: Bicycle Sundays are most Sundays through September. For this weekend, the event is on a Monday!)  Mon., 10 am to 6 pm,  Seattle, Free. Read more

-Kavita Varma-White