Celebrate 4th of July this Summer!

Independence Day is one of the biggest American holidays during the summer. Traditional activities include having a BBQ, eating apple pie, watching fireworks, and wearing red white and blue. Even if you don’t identify as American, it’s a fun and easy holiday to celebrate, and there are so many ways to get involved around Seattle! Here are some of the many activities going on in Seattle this July 4th.

1.Seafair Summer Fourth

This free, family-friendly fair takes place at Gasworks Park, only about a 20 minute walk from West campus! There will be food vendors, live entertainment, and “All-American games” such as pie-eating contests and sack-races during the day, with a spectacular firework show after the sun sets over Lake Union.

Event Website: http://www.seafair.com/events/2017/seafair-summer-4th

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2. Family Fourth of July, Seatac 

This festival takes place all day at Angle Lake Park and features a free water spray park with spray nozzles for children to run through, carnival rides and bouncers, and a fantastic firework show at night.

For more Info: http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/government/city-departments/parks-community-programs-services/special-events/family-fourth-of-july

3. Burien’s Fourth of July Parade

This parade is one of the oldest and most highly attended in King County! Beginning at 3pm and running for about 2 hours, this parade features floats, pirates, marching bands, and so much more! For more information on how to get involved, visit their website:

http://www.discoverburien.org/events/2017/07/04/

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4. Kent Fourth of July Splash

This unique festival features traditional American games from noon-5pm such as pie-eating contests and T-Bird puck and shoot. Kent also provides free shuttle transportation and parking close to Lake Meridian, and of course, no Fourth of July would be complete without a fireworks finale!

Event website: http://www.kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/events/fourth-of-july-splash

New Year’s Eve is coming!

How do you celebrate the New Year? In the United States, watching fireworks is a very common activity. These beautiful displays of light can be seen all over the sky.

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Fireworks come in all different colors & shapes

Professional fireworks displays can be watched in many cities in King County, which is the area surrounding Seattle. However, privately bought fireworks are illegal to use. While fireworks can be bought in some areas and cities, in Seattle, it is illegal for individuals to use them at all. Fireworks can also be very dangerous for individuals and buildings. Here are some places where you can watch fireworks!

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The Space Needle at Seattle Center

Fireworks are set off at the Space Needle each year, and the show can be watched from all over. The display starts one minute before midnight. You can watch the show from the ground below or from many different places at Seattle Center. Another great option is see the Fireworks from various parks around Seattle. Gasworks which is near our UW campus has a great view of the Seattle skyline. Alki Beach Park in West Seattle is a famous beach, an you can see the lights from here also. Considered the best view of Seattle, Kerry Park is a very popular place for people to gather and watch fireworks. Remember to bring warm coats or blankets if you are going to watch the fireworks outside.

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Kerry Park’s view at night

There are many events that you can go to on New Year’s Eve. Near Seattle Center, the Chihuly Gardens, the Pacific Science Center, and the Experience Music Project (EMP) all hold parties with food and music. These are all 21+ however, and may be very expensive. Here are more events to go to in Seattle, and here are some in Bellevue.  For children a great place to go is Seattle Childrens Museum. Kids can explore New Year’s traditions from all over the world.

Wherever you are counting down the new year, remember to stay safe and be responsible. Be careful near roads because due to drunk driving there are many accidents on New Year’s. Bundle up in warm clothes if you venture outside as well. Have a great New Year’s Eve and Day!