We have lots of holiday hoopla going on around the city this weekend. From concerts, festivals, and parties to fireworks, parades, and carnivals. There is something fun going on in every nook and cranny. On our red, white, and blue radar: an ice cream social with American tunes, a family 4th pool party, an Independence Day picnic for orangutans, hippos and elephants, an ole’ fashioned festival on the water, a family bonfire, and an event with tiny tracks. If you are looking for the best places to picnic, play, and watch the fireworks on the 4th, then be sure to check out our events calendar. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!



Ice Cream Social & Bluegrass Concert
Kick off your 4th of July weekend with a fun outdoor concert with the Weavils and enjoy grilled dogs and plenty of ice cream. Fri., 6:30 – 9:00 pm. $3 for the BBQ. All ages. Event details.

Red, White & Zoo
The animals at Woodland Park Zoo are celebrating the holiday weekend with a Fourth of July picnic. Watch the orangutans, jaguars, hippos and elephants nosh on star-shaped popsicles, watermelons, and corn on the cob. Plus, catch a mini presentation by a zookeeper and learn how special treats and activities can enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. Fri. and Sat., 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Free with admission. All ages.Event details.


Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival (pictured)
Experience an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront festival where everything is fun, almost everything is free, and nothing is fancy. This festival is as authentically grassroots American as you can get. Take a boat ride with the fam, tour some super-cool vessels, try your hand at family boat building and enjoy great food and tunes along the shores of Lake Union. There will be plenty of activities for the kiddos including toy boat building, a scavenger hunt, and boat races. Sat. – Mon., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.



Family Fun 4th Pool Party
This family fun night and open swim offers a little something for everyone. Splash around in the pool or swim a few laps and enjoy pool games, arts and crafts, and music. Hint: this event fills up fast so arrive early! Fri., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Kirkland. $4. All ages. Event details.

Family Bonfire
Spend an evening relaxing with the fam by a roaring bonfire, roasting s’mores, and participating in fun farm activities. Try swinging on the rope swings in the hayloft, playing games in the ball field, going on a pony ride, bouncing on the huge inflatables or driving miniature John Deere tractors around the farm. Sat., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Issaquah. $8. All ages. Event details.


Animal Tracking
Have you ever wondered what a beaver or deer track looks like? Join a Bellevue park ranger and learn the five techniques for animal tracking. Identify who made the tracks, what direction they were going, and how fast they were moving through the Slough. Sun., 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

-Kristina Moy