A brief history lesson worth repeating every year: July 4 commemorates the Declaration of Independence, which freed the 13 American colonies from British rule in 1776, but which brought no relief to the millions of African Americans who would remain enslaved in the US for another hundred years, nor to the Indigenous tribes whose land was stolen by colonizers in 1492. This year, make a point of supporting Black-owned restaurants, educating yourself on ways to stand against racism in Seattle, and checking out local and national events highlighting Black voices. Below, we've rounded up holiday-themed food & drink specials from local eateries (like blueberry-pie cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes and red, white, and blue pasta kits from Salty Seattle, which is donating proceeds from its charcoal-dyed dough to Black Lives Matter charities), as well as a few events.

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Chef Eric Rivera's grill packs aren't just for meat-eaters. Choose from a vegan option ($45) with char-able veggies like corn and shiitake mushrooms; an omnivore option ($75) with ground beef, corn, King salmon, chicken, and shiitake mushrooms; or a meat option ($95) with dry-aged steak, chicken, hot dogs, and King salmon. If you're not picky and you're feeling decadent, go for the chef's choice pack ($105). Preorder for pickup or delivery over July 4 weekend (or anytime).

Black-Owned Restaurants
While they're not offering Fourth of July-specific menus, Black-owned spots like Nate's Wings & Waffles, Ezell's, Fat's Chicken & Waffles, Jones BBQ, and many others are open for takeout.

Bluwater Bistro
Enjoy the view at Leschi's waterfront standard while you feast on a two-pound Dungeness Crab dinner with sides of buttered corn and roasted red potatoes ($26). Reservations are probably wise, but they're not required.

Boat Street Tavern
The French-ish bistro is putting their own twist on the classic American burger with heat-at-home kits ($28) for July 4 pickup. They come with honey-sweetened brioche sesame buns, cartelized onions, pickled peppers, bleu cheese aioli, arugula, and your choice of a beef patty or a marinated portobello mushroom. Round it out with sides of French potato salad and strawberry-blueberry shortcake. Preorders close at 3 pm on July 3.

Byen Bakeri
The Scandinavian bakery will be closed on July 4, but they have lots of patriotic fruit tarts available for July 3 pickup.

Capital Grille
Get in on Steak Grille Boxes ($140-$160) for four raw steaks, steak sauce and seasoning, and sides like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Order online for pickup.

Crawfish King
Snag Crawfish King’s at-home boil kit for a cool $99 for July 4 weekend only. You’ll get clams, shrimp, snow crab and Dungeness crab, potatoes, corn, and andouille sausages. (And a pot to cook in.)

It's not Independence Day-themed, but who doesn't love a weekday cookout? The Capitol Hill gay nightclub offers BBQ fare every Monday-Friday from 7-10 pm, and all proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County.

Elliott's Oyster House
Take in a view of the water from Elliott's outdoor deck (reservations required) on the 4th. They've brought back their favorite dishes for this weekend, including grilled scallops with garlic-herb butter, asparagus-pepper bacon risotto, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp with cinnamon-almond crumble and vanilla ice cream.

Good Day Doughnuts
The White Center bakery is bringing back raspberry jelly-filled doughnuts ($3) for July 4 weekend, available for preorder only.

Lady Yum
The macaron maven's 15-piece build-your-own Red, White & Blue Boxes ($35) are available for pickup or delivery over July 4 weekend if you order by July 1. They're also bringing back their Bomb Pop flavor (inspired by the classic popsicle) starting July 1.

Ready to fire up the ol' outdoor cooking operation? Chef John Sundstrom is offering two grill kits for July 4 weekend. Choose the Lark Grill Box ($95) for Painted Hills New York steak, Ground Nicky Farms Wagyu beef, Ground Oregon pork, Nicky Farms elk and huckleberry sausage, and more meaty goodness. Or, opt for the Larder Box ($75) for a snack-friendly parcel with two kinds of cheese, fancy crackers, Le Ben Fin duck and pistachio galantine, Olympia Provisions salami, apricot preserves, and more fromage- and charcuterie-plate provisions. Preorder by July 2 for curbside pickup.

If you pass on the standard Fourth of July hot dog, the Lebanese/Syrian standby is here to save you. Their Grill Kit ($100) comes with marinated juleh kebabs, kefta, a mezze platter, grilled corn salad, potato salad, sauces and sides, and chocolate chip and tahini cookies. Serves four. Preorder for July 3 pickup.

Pinchy Bois Pop-Up
Ethan Stowell's summer pop-up at his Ballard restaurant Bramling Cross kicks off over July 4 weekend, bringing buttery lobster rolls ($35) and whole lobster ($60), the pinchy bios in question, to your belly with sides of Old Bay fries and worms in dirt (a mixture of cookie crumbs, pudding, and gummy worms) for dessert. Preorders are open for this weekend (July 2-5) and will return next week for July 9-12.

Salty Seattle
Plant-dyed pasta connoisseur Linda Miller Nicholson is selling red, white, and blue pasta dough balls ($60) colored with beet juice and harissa, titanium dioxide clay, and butterfly pea flowers, respectively. The package comes with instructions on how to roll out and cook your pasta, which includes enough for 12 servings. Add on two servings of black dough ($10) to support Black Lives Matter charities. Preorder as soon as possible for July 3 delivery.

Snowy River
The newly opened Belltown cocktail spot, who pride themselves on their colorful libations, are offering red and blue wines, beers, and cocktails starting at 6 pm on July 4. Reservations are required.

Taylor Shellfish
Lovers of brine can peruse Taylor Shellfish's party favorites and best-sellers like frozen top-off oysters ($55), Manila clams ($40), and Totten Inlet mussels ($35), which they've rounded up in one place for your July 4 needs.

Tinte Cellars
The Woodinville winery is celebrating its reopening with an IRL wine tasting (reservations required) on July 4 from 12-5 pm.

Top Pot
Like your pie in fried instead of baked? Top Pot's blueberry pie doughnut is hitting stores on July 3.

Trophy Cupcakes
For generously frosted themed dozens, choose Trophy's raspberry jam-filled, marshmallow meringue-topped Berry-Vanilla Dozen ($60, available July 3-5 only); their flag-likened chocolate and vanilla Stars and Stripes Dozen ($66); their extravagantly decorated 4th of July Dozen ($64); or their glitter-specked Red White & Blue Dozen ($63). Preorder for pickup or delivery. They also have blueberry pie cupcakes available in singles or dozens.

Union Saloon
The saloon's famous carrot cake ($45) and German chocolate cake ($85) will be available in party-sized portions for July 4 weekend. Call or email to preorder by July 1 for July 3 pickup.

Urban Family Brewing
Smokestack Lightning BBQ will set up shop outside Urban Family Brewing to hawk St. Louis-style short ribs with gold BBQ sauce, macaroni salad with pickles, and brisket with cheddar grits, pickled tomatillo, and echo BBQ sauce. Stop by from 12-9 pm on July 3-4.

The Fremont wine bar's Backyard Picnic Pack for two ($45) comes with pulled pork with honey mustard BBQ sauce, pickled onions and soft buttered rolls, baked Rancho Gordo pinto beans, cabbage slaw, and strawberry shortcake with whipped crème frâiche. Order online for pickup.

Washington State Fair Events Center
The Washington State Fair is still too risky to hold in its full-blown capacity, but fairground vendors are making up for it every weekend in July by selling their burgers, elephant ears, cotton candy, BBQ, funnel cakes, and more to-go via drive-through stations. Have someone in your car read Charlotte's Web aloud while you feast on your fair fare.


All events are online unless otherwise noted. Remember to wear a mask to all in-person events!

4 the Culture: A Celebration of All Black Lives
Join Eastside 4 Black Lives in Jefferson Park (with your picnic blankets and masks in tow) for a day of performances celebrating Black lives by artists like KB Tha Genius, Alpha Patron, Nësträ, Northwest Tap Connection, and others.
Sat July 4 (Beacon Hill)

Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July
Tune into the Kirkland Television YouTube channel for an "uplifting video experience" starring Eastside talent, followed by a montage of pyrotechnics on the City of Kirkland Facebook page. 
Sat July 4

Dueling Pianos Streaming Show!
If the heaviest string instrument of all brings joy to your ears, double up with dueling pianist stalwarts Jeff and Rhiannon, who will perform a special livestreamed show on the 4th. 
Sat July 4

FreeThemAll Rally at NWDC
Join fellow pro-immigration activists in waiving kites outside the Northwest Detention Center and hearing stories and grievances from those inside. 
Fri July 3 (Tacoma)

Let's Get Free! A Day of Action
Join Africatown Seattle and the King County Equity Coalition for a day of antiracist action in the Central District.
Sat July 4 (Central District)

Port Angeles Fourth of July
Head to the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page for a livestreamed performance by local band Black Diamond Junction, then stick around for a virtual fireworks show. 
Sat July 4

Rally for Black Lives: F*ck the Fourth
This peaceful rally will urge residents of North Seattle to hold their precinct and representatives accountable for racist violence.
Fri July 3 (Sand Point)

Red, White & Kaboom: Puyallup's Drive-In Fireworks Celebration
This drive-in experience is as close as you'll get to Fourth of July celebrations of yore (aka last year), but social distancing measures are still paramount. Reserve a spot in the Washington State Fair's Teal Lot (you could win prizes for decorating your ride, FYI) and settle in for a fireworks display, raffles, and other such activities.
Sat July 4 (Puyallup)

Tacoma Rainiers 3rd of July Fireworks Show
Watch on Facebook Live as the Tacoma Rainiers set off fireworks from Cheney Stadium. 
Fri July 3

Vashon-Maury Pop-Up Parade
If you're lucky enough to be quarantined on Vashon, chances are this car parade will hit your neighborhood. The organizers promise an unconventional traveling procession of decked-out vehicles and cheery tunes. 
Sat July 4 (Vashon Island)


4th with The Family: A Night of Music with Zac Brown Band
Singer and bandleader Zac Brown will share his roughly hewn sound with his backing band for this family-friendly Fourth of July livestream. 
Fri July 3

A Boston Pops Salute To Our Heroes
The Boston Pops Orchestra will pay tribute to frontline workers with a livestreamed performance from Boston's Symphony Hall. Tune in on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, and Boston’s WHDH-TV.
Sat July 4 

A Capitol Fourth
Enjoy some prerecorded entertainment from Patti LaBelle, Renée Fleming, and hosts John Stamos and Vanessa Williams before zoning out to colorful eruptions of TNT on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Watch on PBS. 
Sat July 4

Declaration of Independence Readings
Every year, Washington's National Archives celebrates the 4th with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the museum. This year, they'll adapt to the times with a virtual reading on their website and Facebook page, complete with a host of educational activities for families. On July 3, NPR staffers will give their own reading of the historic document on Morning Edition.
July 3-4

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party
Los Angeles's annual block party in Grand Park will move online this year. Look forward to musical performances, a poetry reading, comedy sketches, and more on ABC7. After the first hour, viewers will be ushered over to performance art venue the Music Center's Facebook page for more livestreamed entertainment. 
Sat July 4

Macy's Fireworks Show
To prevent New Yorkers from congregating in large groups, the city has modified its massive Macy's Fireworks Show to five-minute bursts of colorful sparks scattered throughout the five boroughs during the week of July 4. On the holiday, watch a recap of the spectacles on NBC.
Sat July 4

The Struggle for African American Freedom
Explore key moments in the fight against slavery by clicking through the online Google Arts & Culture exhibit The Struggle for African American Freedom, curated by the Henry Ford museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan. While you're there, check out the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's African-Americans in the U.S. Military, which details Black Americans' roles in American conflicts, starting with the Revolution.

Welcome America Festival
Philadelphia's weeklong virtual festival will celebrate diversity in the US with cultural programming, kid-focused history lessons, and family-friendly workout sessions. It'll culminate on the 4th with performances by Cynthia Erivo and Jason Derulo.
Through July 4

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
Team Luck shows its dedication to keeping their raucous 4th of July celebration going even in the days of a pandemic by taking their traditional party online, starting with an episode of Prime cuts starring Chef Scott Roberts, and following that up with livestreams from Luck's Saloon and Chapel Stage, and closing the whole thing out with a concert film. Bottom Line: It's a chance to blaze up and hang out with Willie Nelson on Independence Day. Not bad. BOBBY ROBERTS
Sat July 4