Fireworks shows abound in Seattle and surrounding cities around Puget Sound. Most shows start after dusk, which arrives late in mid-summer, around 10:00 p.m. Even though many dinner restaurants close around 9:30, there are several choice locations where you can enjoy dinner while you take in a fireworks show, sometimes more than one, depending on your vantage point.
Argosy July Fourth Fireworks And Salmon Dinner At Tillicum Village
Pier 59 (Next to the Seattle Aquarium)
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
This spectacular evening brings together all that Seattle has to offer. You begin with a cruise across Puget Sound to Blake Island. There, you will be immersed in Native American culture. There will be wild salmon, traditionally prepared over open fires before dinner in the cedar longhouse. Dinner entertainment includes Coast-Salish storytelling and dancing. After dinner, you’ll board the boat to enjoy the Bainbridge Island fireworks show over Eagle Harbor. Finally, you’ll cruise back to the Seattle waterfront. Argosy offers several other 4th of July fireworks cruises with snacks and beverages rather than dinner: on the Kirkland waterfront, the Seattle waterfront and in South Lake Union.
901 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Chandler’s Crabhouse is one of Seattle’s premier seafood restaurants. Located on South Lake Union, Chandler’s commanding waterfront view is a prime spot for viewing the 4th of July Fireworks show at Gasworks Park across the lake. The dinner menu feature several varieties of crab, including sustainably raised local Dungeness crab year-round. In addition to crab, the Chandler’s menu offers a rotating seasonal menu of seafood, plus steaks, sides, soups and salads to round out your meal. Make reservations soon to guarantee a prime dining spot from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. If you prefer a more casual meal, consider cocktails, small plates and the raw bar in the lounge.
Daniel’s Broiler – Lake Union
809 Fairview Place N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Daniel’s Broiler Restaurant on South Lake Union defines excellence with USDA Prime steaks, exceptional service, award winning wine list, accompanied by stunning views. From their location on South Lake Union, you will have a commanding view of the fireworks across the lake in Gasworks Park. Find two more Daniel’s Broiler locations in the Seattle area, in Leschi on the western shore of Lake Washington and Bellevue on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building. You can enjoy fireworks viewing from these locations as well. Be sure to make your reservations early at these popular spots for the best choice in seating during the late night dining hours for viewing fireworks.
Emerald Downs July 3rd Fireworks Spectacular
2300 Emerald Downs Dr.
Auburn, WA 98001
Every year, Emerald Downs Racetrack hosts a fireworks show that is a must see event if you live in south King county. From 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., dine on the Spectacular Fireworks Buffet while you watch the “sport of kings,” thoroughbred horse racing. The special holiday buffet includes ribs and chicken, plenty of side dishes, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Coffee and hot or iced tea is also included in the affordable meal. After dinner, enjoy the spectacular fireworks display before you head home.
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