Independence Day is here and it’s time to celebrate! Truth be told, we kind of kicked off our celebrations last month, but for a different reason. This year we won the 2017 Microsoft Customer Experience Partner of the Year award!
While there’s no way that our award could ever mean as much as our nation’s journey to independence, it means a great deal to us because it symbolises everything we’ve been working towards.
Being recognized as the Customer Experience Partner of the Year shows that our commitment to modern marketing, building products that make a tangible difference in the lives of our customers around the globe, and backing them up with the very best support really paid off. So this year, July 4th is going to be an extra special one for us!
Your July 4th plans
There are tons of amazing events happening all around, and trying to figure out which to attend and where to experience this year’s July 4th fireworks can be overwhelming.
With offices in Seattle and New York, we decided to come up with a list of what we consider to be the best places to take enjoy the fireworks in and around both cities. So if you’re looking for a quick but helpful guide, here’s our list of spots in each city, each with different settings, that we think will give you the kind of fireworks experience to make your Independence Day memorable.
Bellevue Family 4th
In this, its 26th year, the Bellevue 4th presented by The Bellevue Collection and PACCAR offers a friendly family environment with which to enjoy the celebrations. Their entertainment program includes several live music acts, a family fun zone, and a performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. The food court will be open from 2pm to 10pm, and the fireworks display will take place at 10.05pm.
10201 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Learn more about the Bellevue Downtown Park here.
SCCA Seafair Summer 4th
SCCA Seafair will be hosting their July 4th celebrations at Gas Works Park. You can expect perfect views of the fireworks display over Lake Union, live entertainment, mouth-watering food, a beer garden, and a pie-eating contest!
This is an all-day event and the fireworks start at 10.20pm.
General admission is free, however reserved seating for the fireworks display is available for purchase.
2101 North Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
Learn more about the SCCA Seafiar Summer 4th here.
Kirkland 4th of July Celebration
This year, The City of Kirkland will host an entire day filled with a parade, children’s events, and live music. Food vendors will be available, but you’re welcome to bring your own picnic basket along to Marina Park.
The event starts at 7am with the parade taking place from 12pm from Market and Central. The fireworks display will close off the day at 10.15pm.
Learn more about the Kirkland July 4th Celebration here.
Fireworks Over Des Moines
Enjoy a full day of family fun at the marina. Kids will get to have fun on favorites like Bounce Houses, Fun HouseMaze, Bungy Run, an obstacle course and more. Adults can kick back in the beer and wine garden from 5pm and enjoy music from two live bands.
The fireworks will light up the Des Moines sky at 10.20pm and the event ends at 11pm.
22307 Dock Ave, Des Moines, WA
Learn more about the Fireworks Over Des Moines here.
Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
The City of Renton will be hosting its July 4th celebration at Gene Coulon Memorial Park, the perfect place to take the kids for a host of activities, including inflatables and face-painting. You’ll also be able to catch the Sand Blast Volleyball Tournament at the sand courts in the South Beach, and live onstage entertainment at the grass amphitheatre.
The park opens at 7am with fireworks starting at 10pm.
1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056
Learn more about Renton’s July 4th Celebration here.
Family 4th at the Fort
Fort Dent Park will be opening its gates to families for a day of fun. Local food vendors will be available to delight your taste buds, and you’ll be able to have your own BBQ in permitted areas. There will be loads of activities to keep the kids busy, too.
Live music will take to the stage from 4pm and the fireworks will start at 10pm.
6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila, WA 98188
Learn more about Tukwila’s Family 4th at the Fort here.
4th Celebration at the Lake
Join the City of Newcastle at Lake Boren Park for this year’s July 4th fireworks display. Food vendors will be onsite from 6pm and the stage will showcase live music from 8pm.
Fireworks will start at 10pm and event coordinators recommend that you arrive early to get a good spot on the grass for the evening.
13058 SE 84th Way, Newcastle, WA 98056
Learn more about 4th on the Lake here
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual July 4th all-day celebration. It will be a day filled with family, friends and two fun runs, parades, live music, tasty bites, and of course, the fireworks!
The event starts at 10am and ends with the fireworks display at 10pm.
Parades and activities take place in different locations. Learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce July 4th Celebrations here.
Kent Fourth of July Splash
Live music and entertainment will be coming to the shore of Lake Meridian this July 4th. It’s the perfect spot for family and friends to get together for an easy and fun celebration. Kids will be entertained with a variety of activities, plus there will be food booths and a pie-eating contest.
The day starts at noon and the fireworks at 10pm.
14800 SE 272nd St, Kent, WA 98030
Learn more about Kent’s Fourth of July Splash here.
Federal Way Red, White and Blues Festival
Celebration Park will be buzzing with live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, and more this July 4th. It’s the perfect place to bring along your blanket and chairs, and take in the onstage performances.
Admission is free with the event starting at 4pm and the fireworks display begins at 10.15pm.
1095 S 324th St, Federal Way, WA 98003
Learn more about Federal Way’s Red, White and Blues July 4th Festival here.
The Steeplechase Plaza, Coney Island
With 2.2 acres of open pedestrian plaza, this location is pretty large and also one of the most popular spots to enjoy the fireworks.
Other nearby attractions include the annual beach party. Last year it sprang to life at 9am with food, drinks and live music. If you’re into celebrating the whole day, you could start at the beach party, catch a few rides and a bite to eat at the amusement park, and wrap up the evening with fireworks at the Steeplechase Plaza.
Fireworks start at 9.30pm, and if Steeplechase Plaza isn’t your style, you’ve got the option of viewing them from the Coney Island Boardwalk.
Boardwalk W. (bet. W. 16th and W. 19th Sts)
Brooklyn, Coney Island
Learn more about East River State Park here.
Grand Ferry Park
Looking for a quieter, less frantic place to watch the sky come alive this July fourth? Then Grand Ferry Park just might be the place you’re after. You may not have views as clear as the folks over at East River Park, but if you’re looking to escape larger crowds, this spot should do quite well.
Grand St. at River St.
Learn more about East River State Park here.
East River State Park (aka Williamsburg Waterfront)
Anyone who’s been to East River Park can attest to its rugged appeal. While it’s far from the prettiest-looking place around, its perfect view of Manhattan is ideal for taking in what should be a truly awesome fireworks display.
If you plan to stretch your legs a little before the fireworks begin, or would like a fancier setting, there are a number of rooftop bars in the area sure to give you an elevated view for the evening.
90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Learn more about East River State Park here.
July 4th Fireworks at the Brooklyn Barge
Ready to take in epic panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, along with great food and drinks? The Brooklyn Barge is possibly one of the most comfortable spots to settle in for the evening. If you’re looking for a place to settle in with a group of friends or family, you can reserve a spot for 4 to 12 people.
This is a closed venue, so to enjoy the setting, food and drinks, book your tickets here.
3 Milton St Brooklyn, NY 11222
Learn more about the Brooklyn Barge here.
Fourth of July Fireworks at Brooklyn Grange
Dubbed by the organisers as a “low-key fourth with tasty eats, local brews, great beats and the perfect spot to kick back with your family”, Brooklyn Grange would love to host you as you take in Macy’s fireworks display.
63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tickets are on sale but going fast. Get yours here.
Surf City Independence Day Celebration
Catch a free concert and fireworks display at the Soundside Park. You’ll also be able to bring your little ones along to enjoy a host of kiddies’ activities, and there’ll also be food and drinks available for purchase.
This event take place between 6pm and 7pm on Monday July 3rd.
Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave., Surf City, NC 28445
July 4th at LIC Flea
LIC Flea will be open, giving you a chance to shop, eat and sip this July 4th. Gates open at 2pm and the event ends at 11.30pm. Entrance is free and you’ll get to enjoy the fireworks from the market grounds.
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Learn more about LIC Flea here.
4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Hornblower Hybrid
The Horneblower will be making this July 4th an especially unique one. Join the crews of The Horneblower Sensation, Horneblower Hybrid and Horneblower Esprit for an evening filled with on board entertainment, all-American cuisine and an open bar. You’ll get to close the evening off with front row seats to the fireworks display set against silhouettes of the Liberty Statue and other iconic landmarks.
Seats are limited, so hurry and book your tickets now.
Cruises depart from Pier 15 at South Street Seaport.
Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival
Liberty City Park will come alive this July 4th for the Annual Freedom Fireworks Festival. Said to be the biggest Independence Day celebration in Jersey, it’s a full-day event packed with good food, great drinks, two stages playing live music, amusement park rides, and of course, fabulous fireworks!
The event starts at 1pm and ends at 10pm.
200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Learn more about the Freedom and Fireworks Festival here.
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