It’s that time of year again when the skies light up with fireworks and we celebrate our country’s independence – but do you know the best places to go to see the fireworks? We have compiled a list for you for the optimal fireworks viewing, along with tips on how to get there, where to park, where to eat and what to bring.

Fireworks at Angle Lake Park
Thanks to a donation from the City of SeaTac, residents will again be able to view the fireworks from Angle Lake Park along International Blvd. Head to the park with your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics and take in the show starting at 10 p.m.

Parking is limited, so plan on walking, biking or busing to the big show. From the Tukwila International Boulevard Station, take the A Line bus to the park.

Fireworks over Des Moines
Catch this 20-minute show presented by Powell Homes and Rotary Club of Des Moines at Des Moines Marina. Bring your family, a picnic, lawn chairs and a blanket and sit back and enjoy the show. The show starts at 10 p.m. and lasts approximately a half hour.

Parking is restricted at the marina, but you can take the 121, 122, 131 and 132 bus routes along Marine View Drive and walk to the marina.

Family Fourth at the Fort of Tukwila
Head to Fort Dent Park for the annual Family 4th at the Fort! Celebrate the day with roving entertainers, bounce houses, an entertainment stage and interactive game truck! The fireworks go off at 10 p.m. so, make sure you are there early enough to stake out the perfect spot.

Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner at one of the many food vendors – barbeques are allowed in one of the designated areas so get there early if you want to barbeque.

Parking is on a first come, first serve basis. You can also get to the park via bus on the 150, 154, 161 and 280 Metro Transit buses.

Kent Fourth of July Splash
Starting around noon every July 4th, the City of Kent hosts the Kent Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park. There is wooden toy boat building, bounce houses, food booths, a stage featuring local talent, old fashioned games, a pie eating contest and much more. You can even learn to shoot a puck with the Seattle Thunderbirds!

The fireworks shoot off at 10 p.m. presented by Reber Ranch, the Lake Meridian Community Association and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

There are free shuttle buses taking off every 20 minutes from three parking areas:

  • Kent Fire Station #75 – 15635 SE 272nd Street
  • Kentwood High School – 25800 164th SE
  • Meridian Elementary School – 2562 140th Ave SE

Gasworks Park
It’s the traditional place to be in Seattle for the fireworks show – Gasworks Park on Lake Union. But, it has its challenges – 40,000 people usually visit the park each July 4th. Here are some tips for having the best experience:

  • Arrive early and plan on spending the day – bring a picnic, blankets, games and sun block!
  • Don’t try to drive – take a bike or walk
  • If you plan on taking a bus, try to get there at least a few hours early before the Wallingford neighborhood  is too congested for buses
  • Stake out your spot early and walk into Wallingford for a plethora of restaurants to satisfy your taste buds

Wherever you celebrate the holiday have a safe and fun filled weekend!