Where to watch 4th of July Fireworks


The Insider’s Guide the July 4th on the Eastside

Something is about to explode on the Eastside! Every year around the Fourth of July, lots of communities put together a fireworks display. But it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go and when. Never mind navigating the traffic that comes with it. So I thought it’d be nice to put together a quick little list of firework shows, times, and locations for you. Yes, I’ve got the big three on here (Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue), but I also wanted to talk about a few of the outlying communities. Many have shows that are just as awesome, but with half the crowds. So who knows, maybe this year you’ll venture out and find something new!


The BIG Three


Date: July 4

Location: Downtown

Expect more than 60,000 people. Yes, there will be live music and events as well, but… 60,000 people. If you’re up for braving the crowds, the family fun zone opens at 2 pm, and the big show kicks off around 10 pm.











Date: July 4

Location: Marina Park

If you’ve never seen fireworks over water, you’re missing out. This might just be my favorite display because, if you’re lucky, you can catch some of Seattle’s show in the background, too. There is a parade starting at 7 am with events lasting right up until BOOM time at 10 pm. Parking is a right nightmare and space to sit is limited, so get in town early. Finding some blanket space at Houghton Beach or Heritage Park is a sneaky way to see the show with a smaller crowd, but the best trick is finding a friend with a boat and bribing your way aboard.






Date: Derby Days!

Location: Downtown

Redmond ushers its residents to nearby displays, opting to save traffic and budget for their Derby Days celebration. Read more about THAT, here.


Other Favorite Outliers


Date: July 4

Location: Downtown

Nothing like free pancakes (8:30 am) to get your day started off right! There’s also a children’s parade, grand parade, and other events to last the day until 10 pm when the fireworks show gets started.



Date: July 4

Location: Downtown

Close to home, the Down Home festival features a kids-n-pets parade (11 am), old-fashioned games, and live entertainment. I like that this one starts a bit later in the day, meaning I get to sleep in a bit before rushing to the festival to find parking. Yes, please.







Date: July 4

Location: Log Boom Park

A short drive north for a fun experience! This one really gets started later in the evening, with food and vendors kicking off at 7:30 pm. The fireworks get started around 10 pm.


Lake Sammamish

Date: July 4

Location: Vasa Park

This one is kind of a fundraiser and show built into one. Donations benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The event has raised more than $69,000 since 2015. If you’re looking for a way to feel good about the Fourth, this is my pick. The fireworks show itself is beautiful and, again, over water. Things get started around 10:15 pm.



Date: July 4

Location: Angle Lake Park

I like this one because it’s a little lower key. There will still be a big crowd and lots of kiddos, but the spray park, lake, and kid’s bounce zone make it easy to spend more time here as you wait for the display to start. The operation kicks off around noon, with the big finale lighting up the sky around 10 pm.



Sleeper Success

I have a friend who absolutely RAVES about seeing fireworks down south at the Emerald Downs. It’s hosted BEFORE the 4th, this year falling on July 3rd, and runs like an all-day event. It kicks off with a kid’s movie playing on the big screen before the horses come out to race. Kids really love watching the horses run and trying to pick which one will win. Kids can get up close to the thoroughbreds, which is nice. When its show time, everyone sits right by the track for a real front row view of the fireworks- always set to music. There is, naturally, a TON of parking and almost always a Groupon for admission, making it nearly free to attend. (Kids are always free) If you’re up for something different, make this your family’s newest tradition.


Let’s face it — you can’t really go wrong with what you choose around here.  So many amazingly fun things to do and places to see those fireworks.  Happy Fourth Y’all!!

PS — if you check any of these things out be sure to share your experience and pictures!





Posted on July 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Eastside, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , ,

Breakfast in Redmond

A great breakfast place is a staple in every neighborhood this a great one in Redmond everyone should try!

The Village Square Café — This place usually has a line to get a seat and sitting at the bar in this diner style restaurant is a great option. On this day we were sat right away — on a weekend I’ve been know to wait for a bit.  Typically not more than a :30 minutes.  Our waitress was Michelle and she was amazing.  We never had an empty cup of coffee!  The kitschy decor add to the authentic diner style feel of this place.  The service was prompt and as important as the customer service was the great breakfast we had.  Fresh salsa accompanied the Mexican Omelet and lemony hollandaise sauce the Eggs Benny!  This place is totally kid friendly from the great options for them to eat the great décor to keep their senses occupied.   

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Redmond, Resaurants, Uncategorized

Spring Home Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

It’s time to check for damage and prepare for hot weather ahead.

With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. With the threat of winter storms past, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. We spoke with an expert to get a spring home checklist on what to watch for this season, from proper irrigation to mosquitoes and termites (oh my!).



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Posted on May 10, 2018 at 11:15 pm
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How fast can you save for a down payment?

I hear so often that people are waiting to buy a home because they want to save more down payment!  It’s such a valid reason to wait….but how realistic is it.  How much are you planning on saving and will it actually save you money when buying a home?  In this current market in the Eastside and Seattle areas, with home prices increasing monthly and the looming threat of interest rates increasing, waiting to save a few thousand dollars won’t make a huge dent.

For every 1% interest rates go up, you lose buying power by 10%.  If you were qualified to buy a $550,000 home — with an interest rate increase of 1% that home now will cost $665,000.

The link below is a great article about how many years it will take to save  10% down payment.  In Washington it’s over 5 years!   If you rent, just think of how much you would have saved in rent.  Well over 10% down on a $550,000 home.


Posted on April 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized

Buying Power

Check out this great article and chart that depicts what increase in interest rates and the climb of home prices can do to you buying power.  This also speaks to sellers as well.   If you wait to sell, you're limiting the number of buyers that are able to buy your home.  So if you're on the fence to buy or sell be sure to act sooner rather than later. 



Posted on August 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized

Mariners Are Back — Click Here to win tickets!

Seattle Mariners

To celebrate the beginning what we all hope will be a Fabulous Mariners season — let us reflect what we love about baseball!  It's a contest to win some tickets to a game this season.   Here's what you could win!!

  1. A pair of Club Level tickets (some restrictions apply); and
  2. $25 Starbucks gift card.

Want to play? Here’s how:

Simply leave a comment below about your favorite thing about baseball season between now and May 5th at 12noon (PST).  Whether it’s a favorite baseball moment, memory,  favorite player —I want to hear about it. One entry per person please.  A random drawing will be done of all names of those that write a comment!

Good luck!!





Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized

March Market Review

This is a great snapshot of what's going many neighborhoods. And it's good news…..Market Prices are up and Market Time is down. 

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized

When is the best time to sell?

If you are considering selling your house and aren't sure when to do it consider this…..Buyers are looking to live in your neighborhood NOW, Today!  Currently buyers that are looking to live in many of the great neighborhoods in Greater Seattle and Eastside and can’t find much to buy.

I’ve had conversations with clients who are going to sell in 2015.  Several commented that they thought summer would be the best time.  It’s a common misconception that can cost Seller’s thousands of dollars.

The chart shows how many home receive offers each month in our area.  Things actually peak in May and trend down after that. Selling in early Spring will give you access to more buyers than waiting until Summer.  Interestingly, most of the price appreciation also happens in the first 6 months of the year.  Want to maxizmize your sale price — consider selling sooner than later!


Posted on April 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized

American Dream is alive and well

Yes, home ownership is still the American Dream.  And while it may appear to still be difficult to purhcase a home, many of our goals still point to homeownership.  See more…




Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:05 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized

2014 Tax Tips

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 12:25 am
Denise Perkins | Category: Uncategorized