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Celebrate Fourth of July, from Bellingham to Puget Sound

Fireworks light up downtown Seattle’s skyline after the Mariners’ 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, July 3. // Photo by Raelynn Sheridan


By Raelynn Sheridan

After a lucky ticket trade with a woman and her son, row one, seat two offered a spectacular view of Safeco Field and the Seattle Mariners’ July 3 fireworks.

The show was the second in a string of five the stadium will put on this summer, but this show was the start to America’s birthday.

A huge crowd came out to see the Mariners play the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. The stadium was packed with only the left field bleachers looking empty.

It was as clear a night as could be, little boys and girls romped around with patriotic colors streaming their hair and ice cream dripping from their faces.

Beer cans, water bottles printed with the team logo and kettle corn lined rows of seats. The dance cam focused its attention on anyone donning red, white and blue– with a

“America” is emblazoned on the Mariners’ big screen with fireworks popping off in the background at Safeco Field on Tuesday, July 3. // Photo by Raelynn Sheridan

few extra moves thrown in.

As soon as the Mariners won, a creme pie food contest appeared on the field with the mascot cheering on, or antagonizing, participants.

Fourth festivities were in full swing.  As the sun set behind the stadium and the Space Needle peeked through, the lights went dark and the crowd fell silent.

A popular country tune began to play as an LED projection of fireworks play on the screen. It started slow, but by the time Bruce Springsteen played on the speakers the sky crackled with fire.

The show ended to a classic Fourth of July instrumental – and a boom.



If you’re in Bellingham, or scattered somewhere along the journey back to the Puget Sound, let’s hope your fourth ends with a boom, too.

Here is a list of Fourth of July firework spectaculars from Bellingham down to Seattle.


  1. The Port of Bellingham is hosting its annual Haggen Fourth of July Festival at Zuanich Point Park. The festival begins at 2 p.m. and offers live music, a beer garden and vendor booths. Fireworks on the bay begin at 10:30 p.m., however there are plenty of other lookout spots around Bellingham to catch the bay fireworks – perhaps summit Mount Baker and catch all the firework shows in the area. 
  2. Along the journey down to Seattle, the Loggerodeo Festival in Sedro Woolley is going on. The festival claims to be the oldest Fourth of July celebration in Washington. The show begins at dusk at Riverside Park, but there is also a carnival throughout the evening.
  3. Mount Vernon will be hosting its ‘Fabulous Fourth of July’ at Edgewater Park, with live music and fireworks beginning when the sun goes down. 
  4. In Edmonds, after passing plenty of other shows, stop by the ‘Edmonds Kind of Fourth’ which will host events all day long. At 7 p.m. events move to Civic Park downtown and the firework display begins at 10 p.m. 
  5. Finally, if you’re in the Seattle area celebrate at Gas Works Park, where events will be held all day with fireworks beginning around 10 p.m. According to the information page, the show features 8,500 pounds of fireworks and begins with an opening display of floating orbs on the water’s surface. 



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