Happy July 3rd, boating friends! It’s almost that time…the time where we celebrate our independence with too much food, just the right number of cocktails, and stunning fireworks displays. Sure, you can sit on the ground somewhere and watch the fireworks, but there are ways you can have way more fun watching those colorful sparks fly through the air. I bet you can guess where I’m going with this blog post…watch the fireworks on your boat!

Firstly, though, let’s talk about what you could do during the day while you are waiting for the sky to be lit up with sparkle. One of the best parts about living in this beautiful area has to be the huge amount of activities that happen on any given holiday—especially holidays that fall in the summer months. Before motoring out onto the water to watch the fireworks, why not partake in some of the fun on dry land!

  • Check out a free outdoor concert at the Ballard Locks
  • Go to Gasworks Park to celebrate with fellow fans of being independent
  • Hang out on Whidbey Island and get a bucket of mussels
  • Join the picnic at Cal Anderson Park (free hot dogs and a pie-eating contest!)
  • See a parade in Burien
  • Enjoy the Red, White, and Blues festival in Federal Way

…and there are so many more activities! Check out the list here  https://www.seattlepipeline.com/events/july-4th-events-fireworks/

Now for the evening portion of the program. Instead of setting off your own fireworks—it’s tough to find a place around here that hasn’t banned them!—you should definitely go relax on your boat with a cocktail, some snacks, and your best friends and favorite family members. I’m going to do a quick rundown of where you can see fireworks on the water, so hold onto your hats:

  • Poulsbo-Liberty Bay
  • Bainbridge Island-Eagle Harbor
  • Bellingham-Squalicum Harbor
  • Everett-Port Gardener Bay, North Puget Sound
  • Kenmore-Kenmore Waterfront
  • Port Orchard/Bremerton-Sinclair Inlet

And more! See the entire list here http://www.nwboatinfo.com/events-4th.html

Or, you know, you could just go out into the middle of the Sound so you can see all of the fireworks in every direction. I like that idea.

Make sure you have fun, be safe, and remember to check out our Fourth of July cocktail recipe and boozy snack idea!

Enjoy!

Buzzed Strawberry Bites - Strawberries soaked in rum then dipped in candy coating and sprinkles.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 cup melted white chips (or white chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup blue sugar sprinkles

Directions

  1. Wash berries. Place in a jar or bowl. Pour rum over berries. Let soak for 24 hours. Drain liquid from berries. Pat dry.
  2. Dip berries into melted candy. Let excess drip off. Dip into blue sprinkles. Set on a wax paper lined baking sheet to dry
  3. Serve within 24 hours.
  4. Note - The longer the berries soak, the more alcohol they will absorb. You can reserve the alcohol the strawberries soaked in for other uses. Not appropriate for children.

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats {& Kid-Friendly Version}

Ingredients

  • Red Italian Ice {watermelon, cherry, or strawberry flavored}
  • White Italian Ice {lemon flavored}
  • Blue Italian Ice {blue raspberry flavored}
  • Champagne or other sparkling wine {sweeter types such as sec or demi-sec Champagne or sparkling Moscato are recommended} OR Sprite or 7-Up soda

Directions

  1. Using a small cookie scoop or melon baller, scoop Italian ice into small balls. Place 3 {or 4, if you'd like} Italian ice balls in a champagne flute or other 8-ounce glass.
  2. Fill remainder of glass with champagne/sparkling wine or soda.
  3. Serve immediately with a drink stirrer or straw for stirring the float & breaking up the Italian ice.
  4. Notes ~ I found each 6-ounce container of Italian ice to yield 7 or 8 scoops, or enough for 2 to 2 1/2 floats. ~ Once scooped, the Italian ice holds its shape pretty well. Lightly covered in plastic wrap, the scooped balls can 'hold' in the freezer for several hours ... so they can be scooped a bit in advance, if you'd like. Also, once placed in glasses, the Italian ice balls hold their shape {indoors ... I didn't test outdoors} for about 20 minutes. ~ I've tried different types of sparkling wines, and found sweeter types go best with the sweetness of the Italian ice. Dry Champagnes or Proseccos tasted a bit 'bitter' against the Italian ice's sweetness.
  5. Read more at http://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2015/06/red-white-blue-italian-ice-champagne-floats.html#dOcCHMJe1daSkrhY.99