4 Places to Watch Fireworks on the 4th

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1. Gasworks Park :


Seattle’s traditional place to view fireworks on the Fourth of July, Gasworks Park , is accessible by trail, bus, and bike, which is great because it gets super crowded and taking a car can be a hassle. Biking there via the Burke Gilman Trail is a great way to get outside and avoid traffic. Cyclists can park their bikes for free in a designated area, and can enter through the express access on the northwest side of the park.

Enjoy a day of celebration beginning at noon and ending with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Union. There will be food booths, pie eating contests, skydivers, a beer garden, and other festivities.

2.   Poo Poo Point:


If you want to get away from the crowds and have a fireworks-viewing that you'll never forget, hike up Tiger Mountain to Poo Poo Point , which offers sweeping vistas and city views. It’s a launching ground for hang gliders and this bare shoulder on the west side of the mountain yields spectacular views. It’s 7.5 miles round trip with a 1,650 ft elevation gain, but you can shorten the hike at various stopping points. There’s no camping here, so be sure to have headlamps and allow plenty of time to get back down.

3. Grand Old Fourth of July on Bainbridge Island:

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Hop a ferry and head over to Bainbridge Island for the 47 th annual Grand Old Fourth of July Community Celebration. The day’s festivities include a pancake breakfast, family fun run, parade, beer garden, live music, activities for kids, an all day street fair, and of course—fireworks. You can take your bike on the ferry for convenience and transportation on Bainbridge, and if you're really feeling up to it, there's even a 35-mile route around the island , that you can hop on and get a workout in before festivities commence.

4. Mt. Pilchuck :

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A moderate hike with a lookout at the summit, Mt. Pilchuck is a great place to view fireworks with mega panoramic views across the sound. Glacier Peak, Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, Mt. Baker, the San Juan Islands, and city views of Seattle are all visible from this old historic fire lookout. It’s a 6-miles out and back, and popular, so expect company. The silent and tiny little red & orange flares way off in the distance will provide a new and interesting perspective on firework-viewing.

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