SeaFair Summer Fourth 2023 @ Lake Union

Big big bangs 🎆

📸: Courtesy Seafair

Maybe you’ve heard, but USA Today and Business Insider have hailed Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth as one of the nation’s best fireworks shows—and they’re very right! Featuring a choreographed fireworks production accompanied by a musical score, the day’s activities also include pre-show activities, games, beer gardens, entertainment, and, of course, food

Like other years, Seafair Summer Fourth 2023 is free and open to the public, though ticketed reserved seats are available if you want to splurge for the best seat. Gates open at 3 pm, with fireworks starting around 10:15 pm. Parking is free, though ridesharing, carpooling, and public transportation is recommended. For those who can’t make it IRL, KONG will air a live broadcast from 9 to 11 pm.

While there’s only one fireworks show, the event promotes three different core viewing experiences. Try to watch the explosions from one of these spots:

🎇 Gas Works Park, for a hilltop view
This is the family-friendly, fun-filled festival spot. A sound stage has live music with day-to-night programming. Here’s where you find food like corn dogs. It’s the best spot to post up all day.

✨ Lake Union Park, for a darker sky view
If a chill, get-a-drink, grab-some-food kinda vibe is more your pace, then Lake Union Park is your place. It offers a north-facing darker sky view. Hit up one of the area’s many establishments for a nibble. 

🎆 Lake Union, for an overhead view
This one is for boat buddies and sun seekers. If you’ve got a boat or have access to one, the fireworks show can be caught from spots within the lake. A plethora of overhead views. 


Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.