The Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works Park is touted as one of the country's best fireworks displays, and it's free. Daniel McMorrow
If the Fourth of July has caught you by surprise, we don't blame you—summer moves fast. Luckily, the holiday abounds with free fireworks shows, festivals, and other last-minute events that won't cost more than $15, ranging from the Seafair Summer Fourth to Bainbridge Island's Grand Old 4th of July to 4th of July at Chateau Ste. Michelle. See them all below, and check out our complete Fourth of July calendar for even more options.

Not all the events below include fireworks displays, but the ones that do are marked with an asterisk (*).

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Art Marble 21
The arcade joint will open at noon for Fourth of July food and drink specials, plus games like shuffleboard, billiards, and bocce ball.
(South Lake Union, free admission)

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Ballard Locks
Throughout the summer, the gardens by the Ballard Locks are overtaken by live music performances from symphonic bands, show choirs, jazz trios, and more. On the Fourth, hear marching music from the Seattle Civic Band in the afternoon.
(Ballard, free)

Dexter Brewhouse
Meat lovers can revel in local spins on American classics, like Seattle dogs and BBQ cheeseburgers. Plus, enjoy discounts on growler fills and four-packs of Mollusk Brewing bottles.
(South Lake Union, free admission)

*El Chupacabra Alki Beach
After a day of beaching in West Seattle, settle down for an evening of fireworks.
(West Seattle, free admission)

*El Chupacabra South Lake Union
Feast on Mexican food and check out the Lake Union fireworks show.
(South Lake Union, free admission)

*Gas Works Park
Join Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for their impressive annual Seafair Fourth of July fireworks display, soundtracked by the Seafair Summer 4th musical score. (The organizers add that the show was "voted one of the nation’s best fireworks shows by USA Today and Business Insider" and "features nearly 8,500 pounds of fireworks with fantastic displays.") There's free admission to the festival beforehand—which features food vendors, entertainment, beer gardens, and games for kids—but paying extra for reserved seating is recommended to get the best fireworks views.
(Wallingford, free)

Golden Gardens Park
Join a mass of beach partiers dancing to different songs at this silent disco organized by SoSleepyy, Bass Therapy, it me, and FW Events.
(Ballard, $15)

Indian Summer
Buck the colonialist ideals of the holiday and instead give your time, money, and dance energy to bicoastal QTPOC talents like Nightspace, Guayaba, Bamban, and Crust Bunny at this "Anti-4th Party."
(Capitol Hill, $5)

The Nest
Flock to the rooftop bar to nosh on BBQ, sip festive Fourth of July cocktails, and survey the city below.
(Downtown, free admission)

Spend a rebellious Independence Day by grilling (BYO dish), sending stamped postcards (provided) to elected officials, and participating in a comics jam with artists and friends at this "Hex the Patriarchy" event.
(Ballard, free)

Seattle Center Armory
Welcome new US citizens at the "largest daytime Independence Day observance in the Northwest."
(Seattle Center, free)

Seven Hills Park
Porchlight Coffee and Records will celebrate nine years of business with drinks, games, and free pizza on the Fourth.
(Capitol Hill, free)

South Lake Union Park
Spend the holiday dancing silently to tunes of your choice from live DJs as the sun goes down at the DJ Sessions' silent disco.
(South Lake Union, $10)

Sugar Plum
This time of year features smoky, sizzling grilled meats aplenty, but not so many options for our herbivore friends. That’s where the 15th edition of Plum's Plant-Loving BBQ Block Party comes in, with down-home vegan fare like buffalo, barbecue, and smoked tofu sliders, cauliflower bites, potato salad, collard greens, quinoa salad, oyster mushroom calamari, and Plum’s famous proprietary “mac and yease” dispensed out of the Plum Bistro food truck. Plus, cool off with watermelon, lemonade, soft serve and scoops of ice cream, and cake from Sugar Plum across the street. Fifteen dollars gets you all you can eat, so you can scarf your weight in meatless barbecue nosh. DJ Topspin, aka Blendiana Jones, will underscore the festivities with tunes, and guests can play games like Mega Jenga, cornhole, and Connect Four. JULIANNE BELL
(Capitol Hill, $15)

Tim's Tavern
Celebrate this star-spangled holiday at Tim's second annual "taco-splosion," complete with live music from Taylor John Hardin and Todd & The Toots, food specials like 25-cent tacos, and half-off tequila deals all day.
(Greenwood, $5)

West Seattle
Kids and families can adorn their scooters, tricycles, sneakers, or other such transportation devices with festive decorations for the West Seattle kids' parade.
(West Seattle, free)


*Bainbridge Island
Looking for a family-friendly Fourth of July celebration? Downtown Bainbridge island will host all-day activities beginning with a pancake breakfast and ending with a fireworks show. In between, shop at a street fair and a young artisan marketplace, check out a classic car show, visit a beer and wine garden, ride ponies, and watch the Mile-Long Hometown Parade.
(Bainbridge island, free)


*Bellevue Downtown Park
If you're on the Eastside for the Fourth, consider this annual family-friendly fireworks show, featuring live performances by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and other bands.
(Bellevue, free)

This Eastside family celebration includes a parade, a 5K run/walk, a pancake breakfast, live music, a car show, a strawberry shortcake feast, fireworks, and other traditions for the Fourth.
(Carnation, free)

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Spend the Fourth perusing work by local artists, lounging on a picnic blanket while enjoying live music from No Rules, and drinking wine.
(Woodinville, free)

Downtown Bothell
Fill up on pancakes before marching down the streets of Bothell in this family Fourth celebration.
(Bothell, free)

*Lake Boren Park
Enjoy a picnic at the park, rock out to a live set from Big Dog Revue and Soul Siren, and watch a fireworks display after dark.
(Newcastle, free)

*Log Boom Park
Lay out your blanket and enjoy Kenmore's annual Fourth of July fireworks show after participating in some family activities.
(Kenmore, free)

*Marina Park
Kids can march down the streets of Kirkland in a mini parade before the main procession takes place at noon. After that, hang out in the park for food, live music, and fireworks.
(Kirkland, free)

*Sammamish City Hall
Kids, tweens, teens, and adults alike will find something to do at this Fourth of July bash in Sammamish, whether it's enjoying a performance from Master Chorus Eastside, dancing to party tunes from Sway, playing Giant Jenga, grazing on festive food offerings like BBQ, roasted corn, and ice cream, or watching the fireworks at 10.
(Sammamish, free)

*Vasa Park Resort
Watch Fourth of July fireworks on the lake, and donate to raise money for Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank's Summer Lunch Program.
(Bellevue, donation)


*Angle Lake Park
All ages, but especially families with young kids, can cool off in a "water spray park," see live performances by bands like Miller Campbell and the Travis Larson Band, and catch a fireworks display.
(SeaTac, free)

Burien Town Square Park
Marching bands, floats, and the Seafair pirates will galavant through downtown Burien for the city's 97th annual Fourth of July parade.
(Burien, free)

*Celebration Park
The Federal Way park will have live entertainment (including from the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast, from Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, and from disco group the Afrodisiacs), plus fireworks, games, food, and arts and crafts.
(Federal Way, free)

*Cowan Stadium
Fill two whole days with car shows, carnival games, and live music (featuring country star David Lee Murphy) before a big fireworks show.
(Lakewood, free)

*Des Moines Beach Park
Spend the day on the marina at this family-friendly Fourth of July celebration. Kids can enjoy bouncy houses and carnival games while adults hang out in a beer garden. Fireworks will ensure at midnight.
(Des Moines, free)

*Fort Dent
Head to the Tukwila park to snag a spot on the lawn and watch live bands on the main stage. When it gets dark, stay for fireworks.
(Tukwila, free)

*Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
Renton's Independence Day celebration will return for another full day of outdoor merriment, including a volleyball tournament, anthems, live entertainment, and fireworks.
(Renton, free)

*Lake Meridian Park
From noon to dusk, enjoy Independence Day food and entertainment for all ages, including bouncy houses for kids, giant Jenga, pie eating contests, food vendors, and a fireworks extravaganza.
(Kent, free)

Les Gove Park
Spend the holiday riding your bike in a noon parade, making arts and crafts, checking out hot rods at a car show, hopping on inflatable rides, and enjoy a slew of other family activities in Auburn.
(Auburn, free-$5)

*Point Defiance Marina
Tacoma's annual Fourth of July festival boasts seven stages for live entertainment, air and car shows, a military hero site, a food marketplace, and lots and lots of fireworks on Commencement Bay.
(Tacoma, free)


*Edmonds Civic Field
For a Fourth of July celebration dedicated to the Snohomish County town, chase after old George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds, in the annual Beat Brackett 5K. After that, watch floats go by in a parade, enter a facial hair contest, and watch fireworks.
(Edmonds, free)

*Port Gardner Bay Winery
Marching bands, drill teams, giant puppets, stilt walkers, and other classic parade entities will march down the street for all to see. Afterward, spend the rest of the day on the bluff for food, live music, and fireworks.
(Everett, free)

* = Includes a fireworks display