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Ready to party: Fourth of July celebrations around the Sound

Lead pyrotechnician Tom Bates, in his tenth year at the Western Display Fireworks barge on Lake Union, works Friday on wiring fireworks together so they can be remotely triggered during the Fourth of July show. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)
Lead pyrotechnician Tom Bates works Friday on wiring fireworks for the Fourth of July show. The barge on Lake Union is loaded with just over 9,000 pounds of pyrotechnics, (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

The big party is Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works and Lake Union parks, leading up to the big fireworks show Saturday.

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