With summer being the best time to be in the Emerald City, Seattle has fittingly fantastic fireworks. Head to these Lake Union restaurants for a variety of festive fare and local brews to accompany the sky show. Be sure to arrive early to secure a prime spot.
With a wink to their Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Westward is hosting a paella party benefit for the 4th. The $175 ticket includes paella, snacks, beer, wine, and sangria. A DJ will be spinning tunes on the patio, which offers lake view seating that can't be beat, complete with Adirondack chairs and a roaring bonfire. Nautical attire is encouraged. Part of the proceeds will benefit Food Lifeline.
Little Water Cantina
Put some fiesta in your 4th at Little Water Cantina. The patio will be pumpin' with a special Mexi-American menu, Georgetown Brewery specials, and live music from the Country Lips. Email [email protected] to reserve a 6-8 person table. $300-$400 food & beverage minimum. Eastlake.
Ivar’s Salmon House
At Ivar’s, pick your viewing point: an expansive, waterfront patio, or the cedar-walled dining room. The menu brims with bounty from the sea, like their famous fish n’ chips, salmon chowder, and crab cakes. For an homage to the fireworks, opt for fresh fish cooked in an open, Alder wood fire. Reservations are still available, but they’re going fast! Kids are welcome, too.
Nickerson Street Saloon
Escape the Lake Union hubbub at this neighborhood pub. On the patio along the Fremont bridge, sip microbrews while noshing on chipotle BBQ wings, burgers, nachos, and fried calamari. Arrive early to secure an outdoor seat.
The Swedish Club
Starting at 6pm, the Swedish Club is hosting an all-American style BBQ. Smokin’ Pete will be slinging BBQ faves--pulled pork, smoked chicken thighs, burgers—with all the fixins’ while local band Lushy keeps the party pumping. With an awesome lake view and free parking, this party can’t be beat. All ages welcome, though reservations required.
Eastlake Bar & Grill
Eastlake Bar & Grill’s roofdeck is a rollicking good time. Celebrate America’s birthday with their tasty comfort food: spicy mac n’ cheese balls, bourbon mustard meatloaf, and burgers with bottomless fries, and wash it down with a local brew.
Duke’s Chowder House
Chow down at this casual and convivial Lake Union institution. Famous for their eponymous clam chowder and sourdough bread, they are home base for seafood like fried clam strips, crab cakes, and fresh fish. For drinks, sip local wines, beers, and their signature 'Duketails.' Happy Hour goes from 9-close at the bar and on the deck.
For a 4th of July splurge, this lakeside steakhouse is for you. Daniel’s Broiler serves Americana classics like shrimp cocktail, oysters Rockefeller, and stellar steaks. A piano player will accompany your fireworks with jazz standards, making for a most classy celebration.
A Terrible Beauty
Good times are guaranteed at this neighborhood, Irish pub. The menu has stick-to-your ribs fare like Fisherman’s pie, fish n' chips, and their beloved Reubens. Of course, pints-a-plenty are on hand, plus a great view of the lake, especially from the upstairs dining room.
For a birds-eye view of the pyrotechnics, visit SkyCity at the Space Needle. With cuisine to match the unparalleled views, the restaurant features fare using Pacific Northwest bounty. Reservations are a MUST.
Ask A Seattle Expert: Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes
Located in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Spur not only offers exceptional food and great service, but the cocktails are pretty amazing too, thanks in part to Spur’s bar manager, Seth Sempere. Sempere moved to the Pacific Northwest from the East Coast in 2010 and feels fortunate to be so close to the Pike Place Market, where one can find such a wide array of quality liquors and fresh produce to pair it with. Check out Sempere’s favorite drink to make for the Fourth of July holiday.
In firework terminology, a brocade is a spider-like effect in the sky, much like fine lace. The brocade effect is generally a tail effect. Much like the brocade in pyrotechnics, this drink develops in your mouth with each flavor building on the next and lingering ever so slightly like the tail in the brocade.
- 1.75 oz. Big Gin
- .75 oz. Imbue’s Petal & Thorn vermouth
- 1 oz. rhubarb shrub* (see recipe below)
- .5 oz. fresh lemon
- Small pinch of salt (2 dashes)
- Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters
- 2 cups thin-sliced rhubarb
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1.5 cups cider vinegar
- .5 cups white vinegar
- Macerate rhubarb and sugar at room temperature for at least an hour, or until sugar draws out most of the rhubarb’s liquid.
- Add vinegars and let stand, refrigerated, for three days (shaking occasionally).
- Whisk to combine sugars and then strain well and store refrigerated.
The Blue in our Red, White and Blue (Courtesy of Beach Cafe)
Todd Legget, Bar Manager
1170 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
The Beach Cafe is just north of Seattle in the sister city of Kirkland and located right on beautiful Lake Washington. Regardless of where you sit at the Beach Cafe, you’ll have a water view while enjoying fresh cuisine that is said to be inspired by various beach locations from around the world. Beach Cafe’s bar manager, Todd Legget, has offered one of his best Fourth of July cocktail recipes, a tasty blue drink that is served daily during happy hour, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The Blue in our Red, White and Blue
- 1 1/2 oz. White Rum
- 1 squeeze of lemon wedge
- 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
- 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
Ocean Breeze (Courtesy of Bin On The Lake)
Claire Hansen, Restaurant Manager
Bin On The Lake
1270 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
Located right next to the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Bin On the Lake restaurant and bar provides extraordinary views of both Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains. Guests can settle in and have some drinks and dinner at this cozy restaurant and then take a stroll along the waterfront of Lake Washington, or just sit and warm themselves next to the outdoor fire pit. Bin On The Lake’s restaurant manager, Claire Hansen, has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 17 years. Hansen and her bar staff have shared some of their favorite cocktail recipes that are popular for the Fourth of July holiday.
Need quiet on July 4 - Where can I go
We are watching a friends dog who becomes a shivering and anxious ball of fur at the sound of thunder. I'm afraid of what fireworks will do to her. We would like to find somewhere in WA where there will be no fireworks, and would also be a fun place to visit. I've checked the Penisula, but it seems to be full that weekend. Any ideas?
oldest hotel in Washington. have to ask their policy on dogs. is renovated and clean. the food is good. the bathrooms are down the hall. rooms have antiques and quilts.
Good luck with finding a place where people aren't setting off fireworks illegally nearby. I've been a number of places throughout the state on the 4th and you can always hear fireworks nearby, it seems like, especially if the location is close to reservations where fireworks are sold. It's going to be a challenge to find a place that's remote enough where you won't have that happening, that allows dogs, and that has room for the 4th of July. Maybe try looking into cabin rentals in the North Cascades? There are some that won't have close neighbors and that permit dogs, so you might luck out.
As long as you aren't right on Lake Union, I don't think the big fireworks show would bother you. I live on Capitol Hill, only a couple miles away and can barely hear them.
Honestly I'd be more worried if you get out into rural areas where people are setting off their OWN firecrackers and stuff (which can only be sold legally on 'reservation' land). Now THAT can be darn noisy.
You don't need to be in the rural areas for people to be setting off illegal fireworks, that's for sure, LOL. We have plenty going off over here in West Seattle and my previous neighborhood, Leschi, was no different.
Can't speak to the area, but with regard to the pooch, you might also try the Vet or the dog's owner for some advice --or try searching the internet for help with hearing sensitive canines.
Eastern Washington. Not sure if that's too far too you, but it is much calmer there due to the high fire danger over there.
I grew up in SE Washington and can safely say, that you will hardley see anyone doing illegal fireworks there and if they do, it won't be much.
My sister came over for the fourth a few years ago and was absolutely stunned by how nuts people here are.
We had a fire inspector from NJ as a visitor last fourth of July. He drove into town at about 10pm that day. We met in a local store parking lot, and in a big circle around the horizon were double and triple break mortars going off.
He was absolutely stunned at how many mortars he was seeing that were not part of an organized display.
For those of you reading this thread that DON'T have a nervous dog, check out Boom City behind the Tulalip Casino.
How about camping in North Cascades National Park? I doubt they allow anything there. You'd have the silent night sky for fireworks. Though it will probably be tough to get a reservation.
Somewhere out North Cascades is a great idea. That's beautiful country. If you don't want to camp out, there's lodges and cabins for rent in towns like Winthrop, Mazama, etc. Methow river valley is just gorgous country!
Lat year we went up to the area around Trout Lake we actually drove down to the river to watch the fireworks across the river, so I can't swear that there weren't any people up there that night shooting things off. But it was quiet both before we left and when we got back. Youmight call the motel and see what they can tell you. I live on Whidbey, and our fireworks here in Freeland will be on the third, so the fourth will be officially quiet, but some neighborhoods may have people shooting things off. There is a lovely little cottage out of town (I think it is called Primrose cottage) that would be miles from the official fireworks on the third, and no where near where fireworks are shot off on the fourth. If they have an opening and would take a dog, that might be a good bet. My big dog is very afraid of fireworks, and we stayed home two years ago, and he was not bothered by anything going on in the area.
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, soft
- 2/3 cup Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour*
- 1 1/3 cups (fresh or frozen) blueberries
- 3 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 3/4 cup milk
- 4 1/2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoons gelatin
- 1/3 cup water
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 7/8 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 3 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 pints raspberries
- 1/2 pint blueberries
*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.
Happy Fourth of July! Here's where to celebrate
Happy Independence Day, America! Let Freedom ring, baby. Yes, we know - it's kinda lame that the Fourth falls on a Tuesday this year, but don't let that stop you! This is a day meant to be celebrated. Here's our guide to living your best life on the Fourth. Oh P.S., don't forget your red, white, and blue!
Thunder on the Canal. Start the Fourth early at Alderbrook Resort & Spa's annual "Thunder on the Canal" event. Starting at noon, there will be property-wide events including lawn games, live music, dancing, and an oyster eating contest. The night will finish with a fireworks display. Food and fun for everyone!
Search Party. Okay, so this event isn't on the Fourth, but it sounds amazing anyhow. On Saturday, July 1st Elysian Brewing and The Vera Project are kicking off the 4th of July weekend with a music, food, and beer festival! Search Party starts at 2pm and will have the bands, The Sonics, The Struts, Black Pistol Fire and Thunderpussy. Not to mention there will be over 40 different kinds of beers.
Ballard Locks Summer Concert. Coincidentally enough, the Ballard Locks are celebrating their 100th birthday this July 4th! The concert series continues with the Seattle Civic Band who will most definitely be serving up the tunes.
Party Cruise with Waterways. Is there really a better way to watch the fireworks than on a boat? Methinks - NO! The 2.5 hour Fourth of July cruise sails the waters of both Lake Union and Lake Washington. There will be food, drinks, a live DJ, and an overall amazing party. The event is 21+ and tickets are $139 a pop.
Seafair Summer 4th. One of, if not the best places in Seattle to see some fireworks! Head on down to Gasworks park where they will have vendors for food and live music before the beautiful firework display on Lake Union.
Independence Day Picnic at Cal Anderson Park. The 13th Annual Cal Anderson picnic will start at 11am and runs through 4pm. There will be music, activities, yoga classes, etc! Free.
Kirkland 4th of July Parade. The 17th Annual Kirkland Fourth of July Parade is always a hit! The parade will begin at 10am but the festivites will run until their 10:15p fireworks display!
Bainbridge Island Grand Old 4th of July Parade. In it's 49th year, the big party will start with a pancake breakfast, an all day street fair, foot races, a classic car show, food, entertainment, beer garden, and fun for everyone!
Downtown Bellevue Fourth of July. This Fourth celebration has got it all - food, games, live music, and a firework show! Starting in the early afternoon, you can finish the night out here as well! One stop shopping, baby. There will also be a dog walk and jog starting in the morning called the "Four on the 4th Dog Walk and Jog." It's a 4 kilometer jog and starts at 9am in Ashwood Park. The registration fees will benefit Seattle Humane.
Red, White & Zoo. For the days leading up to the 4th, head on over to the Woodland Park Zoo! Watch the orangutans, lemurs, pigs, gorillas and more as they are treated to star-shaped popsicles, watermelons and corn on the cob. Because zoo animals deserve a sweet treat on Independence Day too!
Tacoma Freedom Fair. If you wanna escape the city, head over to Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma where there will be an air, car and BMX bike show, live music, vendor booths, food booths and a fireworks show.
West Seattle 4th Kid Parade. AKA the "Admiral Kiddie Parade." Kiddos and their families come from all over to walk and ride (bicycles, scooters, strollers, wagons) through residential streets in North Admiral to Hamilton Viewpoint Park. After the parade, there will be games like 3-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races. There will also be concession stands.
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
There is no better place to view 4th of July fireworks than on the water. Once again we’ll be serving our delicious cracked crab and baked chicken dinner aboard our largest vessel – the Victoria Star 2 We will be going out from 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, cruising around Chuckanut and Bellingham Bay, before settling in near Squalicum Harbor for Bellingham’s big firework show.
We’ve got plenty of indoor and outdoor viewing areas, as well as a bar stocked with beverages from Northwest breweries and vineyards. Space is limited, so make your reservations early – this cruise will definitely sell out!
Info/Reservations: 1-800-443-4552 or (360) 738-8099, or book online.
This tour departs from the Alaska Ferry Terminal in Bellingham, WA. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure.
Location / Directions
Cruises depart from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal / Alaska Ferry Terminal in Bellingham, WA. Please check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure at our ticketing office inside the terminal. (Map / Driving Instructions).
If your plans change and you need to cancel your reservation, or change it to a different date, please give us a call at least 48 hours prior to departure. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of departure are non-refundable. When you make a reservation, we will send you a confirmation letter detailing our cancellation policy.
“We enjoyed our evening with San Juan Cruises. All the staff was friendly, accommodating and well-organized. Our crab dinner was delicious. It was an overall wonderful evening spent. We look forward to going again – Definitely recommend it.”
“We had a beautiful tour on the water. We saw eagles, deer and lots of remote island scenery while our dinner was being prepared. The crab was fresh and delicious, the chicken, potatoes and broccoli salad yummy. There was plenty to go around and several of us had second helpings of everything. Dessert followed. We had the chance to roam the boat from the bow to the stern. Such incredible views. The price well worth every second!”
“Outstanding service, great food, beautiful scenery. Loved the warm towels. Will come back and bring guest!”
July 4th Fare: 10 Awesome Hot Dogs On The Grill
These creative hot dogs from around the country (and world) are anything but ordinary. Ever thought you’d be a hot dog hero?
Recipe: Patagonia Hot Dogs With Avocado Mayo
At the southern end of South America, hot dog fanatics in Patagonia, Argentina, revel in a colorful variation that involves sauerkraut, chopped tomatoes, and a creamy avocado mayo. Although it’s a combination we probably never would have imagined on our own, it has made it into this collection for a good reason: it tastes great!
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by making your own hot dogs? (Photo: Sunset Magazine.)
Recipe: Cowboy Hot Dogs
“The aroma of caramelizing onions builds anticipation for these over-the-top bison dogs, loaded with the onions — plus bacon and barbecue sauce.”
Your favorite new hot dog has spicy homemade ketchup and a fistful of potato sticks on top.
Recipe: Bolivian-Style Hot Dogs
Ham and Sohla El Waylly are the 30-year-old chef-owners of Hail Mary, a New American–style diner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. One look at their menu says it all (and yes, of course breakfast is served all day). The two chefs have a wealth of popular restaurants on their résumés and are putting their skills and creativity toward reinterpreting classic concepts at Hail Mary. Ham, who grew up in Doha, Qatar, with his Egyptian father and Bolivian mother, and Sohla, who is a first-generation American born to Bengali parents, use their diverse roots to inspire several of their menu items.
Deep-fry your dogs the Jersey way — they’re done when they “rip”!
Recipe: Ripper Dogs With Jersey Relish
Everyone has their preferred way of cooking a hot dog. Some like the boiled or steamed ballpark variety others like them to a varying degree of doneness on the grill. Here in Jersey, we deep-fry them. A quality frankfurter — beef or pork — will have a tough casing that withstands the hot oil, to a point the dogs are done when they rip open, hence the nickname “rippers.” Served on a bun, with a heaping of Jersey-style relish, these dogs require only a side of onion rings or fries.
Learn how to make muffuletta dogs and up your sausage game!
Recipe: Muffuletta Dogs
Looking to bring a taste of New Orleans to your next cookout? This is just the ticket. Our latest muffuletta riff (we’ve also made muffuletta deviled eggs, sliders, and cocktail kabobs) lightens up the classic filling and turns it inside out for a chargrilled hot dog topping. It’s light, fresh and, quite frankly, delicious.
Get those napkins ready and dig in! (Photo: Gabi Porter.)
Recipe: Marc Murphy’s Sloppy Dogs
“I’m not a football man, I’m a party man, so if there’s a party, I’m in. If there’s something where people are gathering around the TV to watch, I’ll be there,” says Marc Murphy, owner and executive chef at the Benchmarc restaurants in New York City. We hit up Ditch Plains, his surf-themed fish shack on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, to grab some ideal tailgating recipes and found something better than a chili dog. This sloppy joe dog wishes it was a chili dog.
Give your hot dog a Seattle twist. (Photo: Russell van Kraayenburg.)
Recipe: Seattle-Style Hot Dog
This strange Seattle creation likely came to be in the 1980’s or 90’s when modern variations and the idea of haute dogs began influencing recipes. Not only are these dogs almost impossible to find outside of Seattle, they can be tricky to find within Seattle as well. That hasn’t stopped this deliciously spicy and creamy dog from collecting a cult following. Loaded with veggies, jalapeños, sriracha and cream cheese, these dogs are all about thinking outside of the bun.
Photo: Mark Shaw Here’s how you properly dress up a dog.
Recipe: Victory Dogs
People are sometimes surprised that I miss food things from LA besides In-N-Out and amazing Mexican food (though I of course miss those things). I miss getting sushi in Little Tokyo. I miss sandwiches from Bay Cities in Santa Monica. And I miss getting a greasy delicious Victory Dog outside the Coliseum after watching my team demolish some losers in powder blue.
Photo: Morgan Ione Add some tang and spice to your hot dog.
Recipe: Footlong Kimchi Hot Dog
When it comes to hot dogs, kimchi is the new sauerkraut. No offense to the classic shredded fermented cabbage, but kimchi is spicy and colorful in addition to being a perfect acidic component to a nice fatty dog, so kimchi wins. Need a little extra crunch? Nori flakes and wasabi peas are there to help.
Celebrate: 4th of July easy recipes
Los Angeles, Ca, – Happy 4th of July! We are in the trenches of summer and the fourth of July is a day to embrace the hot temperatures and celebrate the brave Americans who have fought for our country. HMFG has decided to share some of our favorite dessert recipes some quick and easy and others intense but rewarding. Berry cobbler, ice cream sandwiches, cake pops and more!
In remembrance of these brave Americans take a moment of silence, display an American Flag on your porch, share a heartwarming story from a personal experience on Social Media and don’t forget to spark a sparkler in appreciation. We would love to hear what you do to recognize the men and women who have fought and how you celebrate the fourth!
After you’ve taken your moment it’s time to celebrate our great country, so get out your barbq grills, dust off your cobbler pans and start chopping up your vegetables. A few of our favorite fourth of July recipes (besides our favorite desserts) are: cashew coleslaw, sweet and tangy ribs, berry cobbler and artichoke dip. Plus take a look at our recipe section there are lots of delicious recipes that we didn’t mention in this article and they would be perfect for your party today.
Celebrate 4th of July with a fantastic fireworks display at Lake Union
Independence Day is a time to honor the birth of our nation and what better way to celebrate in the Greater Seattle Area than watching the fireworks at Lake Union.
This 4th of July, Seattle is expecting some gorgeous weather, complete with clear skies and mid-70’s temperatures, which will allow for full visibility to all who choose to join the community for the Lake Union Fireworks show.
While waiting for the brilliant show to begin, Bellevue Rare Coins is happy to suggest attending the daytime festivities at Gas Works Park. Admission is free and the day of fun starts at noon. Live music, food and game vendors, and skydivers will fill your Independence Day with fun and excitement for everyone in the family before the fireworks show shortly after dusk (roughly after 10 pm).
Leaders in the community and experienced attendees suggest utilizing public transportation, or biking to the park, as parking is limited and can be a bit challenging. As always, boaters are more than welcome to anchor out for the day so long as they adhere to all safety zones.
Everyone at Bellevue Rare Coins wishes you and your family a Happy and Safe 4th of July as our nation celebrates its 241st birthday!
Do you and your family have a cherished 4th of July tradition? Please feel free to share!
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Red, White, and Blue Pop Rocks Recipes to Celebrate 4th of July with a Bang
Aside from grilled foods and refreshing summer cocktails (because #obviously), fireworks are inarguably the best part of Independence Day. Now you can have your fireworks and eat them too with these creative red, white, and blue dessert recipes that utilize one of the best candy creations of all time: Pop Rocks.
This is an especially good thing in areas where traditional 4th of July fireworks displays have been cancelled due to coronavirus this year. And unlike illegal bottle rockets you set off in your backyard, there’s little chance of getting injured by these desserts…unless you eat way too many, which is a real possibility.
From cookies and cupcakes to popcorn and ice cream sandwiches, scroll down for a comprehensive list of 4th of July desserts that pack a major flavor explosion. Just be sure to eat these sugar-filled treats in moderation, otherwise you may be seeing stars. (And not just 50 of them.)