The Fourth of July is a time to gather friends and family together for that most American of pastimes: watching things explode. It may take some time for us to work out our proclivity for things that boom, and there’s no better place to reflect on human nature with a beer and a buddy than some windswept pinnacle or an inner-city, outdoor outpost with a view of the city skyline and the spectacle that occurs every year when we celebrate our independence from tyranny. We Americans take our independence very seriously, and the West’s biggest cities are no exception. Here are some of the best places to relax and catch the show.
There are several displays taking place in the many urban and suburban cores around Seattle—Lake Union, Bellevue, Renton and Kent all have their own shows. The show at Lake Union begins around 9 p.m., launching from the lake’s north shore.