This past March brought the sad news that, due to a $500,000 sponsorship shortfall, there would be no Fourth of July fireworks display over Lake Union. Within 48 hours, thanks to the generosity of Starbucks, Microsoft, and an untold number of Seattleites who simply couldn't imagine a fireworks-free Fourth, Seattle's one and only fireworks display was rescued. Tonight brings the glorious kaboom, rightfully hyped as "A Celebration For the People, By the People." Enjoy beer gardens, food stands, and, God willing, pristine sunshine till day fades and the sky explodes. (Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, Noon–night, free.)