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, a neighborhood kiddie parade, an Independence Day extravaganza, a longstanding neighborhood festival and a red, white and blue celebration along the shores of Lake Washington. If you’re still looking for more excitement, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Fourth of July Community Picnic (pictured) will feature live music from The Not-Its!, Tangerine and Heatwarmer along with a root beer tasting garden, hot dog feast, face painting, pie eating contest, balloon artistry, hula hoop lessons and much more.

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photo: Nate Gowdy 

Seattle

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.

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

West Seattle 4th of July Kids Parade
Also known to locals as the “Admiral Kiddie Parade,” this neighborhood parade is not your classic “floats and marching bands” type of parade; hundreds of kids and their families come from all over to walk and ride (bicycles, scooters, strollers, wagons) the route through residential streets in North Admiral to Hamilton Viewpoint Park. After the parade, participate in old school games and enjoy the concession stands. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. Free (concessions extra). All ages. Event details. 

Eastside

Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July & Heritage Day
Take the fam to Issaquah’s annual Independence Day celebration for lots of family fun! This 4th of July celebration will start off with the The Swedish Hospital Kids ‘n Pets Parade. From Labradors to llamas, favorite pets accompany costumed children on decorated floats, bikes, scooters and wagons down Front St. to Veterans’ Memorial Field. Once there, try your hand at old-fashioned games, activities and races and take in live music and the Annual Slug Beauty Pageant. Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (parade starts at 11 a.m.). Issaquah. Free admission (various costs for games & activities). All ages. Event details.

Bellevue Family 4th
Jugglers, storytellers, rides, bouncy houses and field games at the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone make the Bellevue Family 4th a favorite annual tradition. After the sun goes down, settle in for a spectacular fireworks show set to the sounds of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra at 10:05 p.m. Psst! Be sure to stay late for the post fireworks show concert. Sat., 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Renton’s 4th of July
With awesome KidsZone activities (think face painting, inflatables and games), plenty of live entertainment, yummy concessions and a spectacular fireworks show, Renton’s 4th of July celebration is one not to miss. Be sure to pack the kids’ swimsuits so they can cool off in the waters of Lake Washington and take them to the awesome playground (to get the wiggles out) before settling in for the fireworks show at 10 p.m. Sat., noon-11 p.m. Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned for Independence Day? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy