Happy Independence Day! Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.
- One of the most widely held misconceptions about the Declaration of Independence is that it was signed on July 4, 1776. In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
- After Jefferson wrote his first draft of the Declaration, the other members of the Declaration committee and the Continental Congress made 86 changes to Jefferson’s draft, including shortening the overall length by more than a fourth.
Now, on to the festivities. The Capitol Hill Blog has a full feature on how to enjoy the fireworks this year. Among their suggestions:
- The Lake Union fireworks show is slated to begin at 10:10 PM. You can tune in to Warm 106.9 FM for a simulcast or bring your own brass band.
- The prime Capitol Hill-connected viewing zone stretches along our northwest edge above Eastlake.
- Lakeview Boulevard E., just north of the Belmont-Eastlake I-5 overpass is a great, crowded, and fun place to watch.
- Do not try to park anywhere in the area. You will fail.
- The Lakeview overpass is usually closed to cars and pedestrians during the show. This Eastlake Ave map is old (and getting older!) but it shows an overview of the streets in the area during the show.
If you are looking for something to do early in the day, head over to Cal Anderson Park for the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic. Here’s what you need to know:
- The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is proud to bring you the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic on July 4th. This event is completely free and our gift to the community.
- Friday Noon to 5 PM at Cal Anderson Park
- Featured throughout the day: Live music, Arts & crafts projects for kids of all ages, Pet-Human look-alike contest, the High 5 Pie Eating Contest, Hotdogs, Root beer garden, Drawings for prizes, Activities presented by local community groups, and more!
Remember, fireworks are still illegal in Seattle, so resist the urge to shoot bottle rockets out your window. Your friends and neighbors at The Lyric will thank you.