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It’s America’s birthday and Seattle’s big party, Seafair Summer Fourth, is at two locations this year, Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park.

Both venues open at noon with beer gardens, food vendors, entertainment and activities starting at 2 p.m.

Gas Works Park hosts the traditional holiday favorites from pie-eating and hula-hoop contests and sack races to the big fireworks finale set to music. Lake Union Park features a large display of military vehicles and equipment and views of the fireworks show, and sky divers. Seafair Clowns and Pirates drop in at both venues.

Seafair and MOHAI team up to add the option of the Cheshiahud Challenge scavenger hunt. Walk or bike around Lake Union starting at any of 17 locations to learn about the area. Turn in your answer sheet at Lake Union or Gas Works parks for a chance to win a prize.

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Bellevue Family Fourth festivities start at 2 p.m. with food vendors, entertainment and Family Fun Zone activities. Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra performs before, during and after the big fireworks show at Downtown Park. Free parking is available all day in the visitors’ lot at Bellevue City Hall and after 6 p.m. at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place.

See today’s Datebook for a complete list of Independence Day celebrations around the region. Personal fireworks, alcohol (outside of venue beer gardens) and pets are prohibited at events.

Seattle Humane Society reminds pet owners that fireworks can be very frightening for animals and recommends keeping pets indoors in a safe, enclosed room kept as quiet as possible with doors, windows and blinds closed, soothing music, and their favorite toys and comfort objects.

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