SEATTLE – If you want to see the annual Fourth of July fireworks show above Lake Union, but don’t want to deal with the crowds or traffic, there are several other places nearby you can go to watch.
In the Queen Anne neighborhood, a couple dozen chairs were set up along 5th Avenue Friday before the sun was even up. Ben Bennett lives in the area, and he said it is part of his Fourth of July tradition.
"Some people come the night before, as you can see. I am already late," said Bennett as he put out seven chairs at 4:30 a.m.
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The Queen Anne location near Lynn Street provides a great view of Gas Works Park, the location for Seattle's biggest fireworks show.
Another good spot to see the fireworks is the sidewalk near Fremont Bridge, according to Hannah Dowd.
"Everyone is watching from the bridge, and everyone is just kind of having a good time," said Dowd who owns Electric Cloud Coffee near the bridge.
Bhy Cracke Park is a place people head to every year, but residents who live nearby say it is not good for fireworks.
"It is beautiful to picnic, but not if you want to see the fireworks," said Nancy Holland. "You can see the top of the fireworks, but we are angled more toward the city instead of the barge where the fireworks are, so you can't see the bottom. People come every year to stake out their spots. Then they leave disappointed."
The fireworks show at Gas Works Park is scheduled to start at 10:20 p.m.