Plus: What the city of Seattle looked like on the first day of its reopening.
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Plus: What the city of Seattle looked like on the first day of its reopening.

By Grace Madigan

You’ve made it: It’s Friday!

And a long weekend awaits us. We’ll be taking Monday off which means there won’t be a newsletter in your inbox on Tuesday.

As you likely know, the Fourth of July is this Sunday, and it’s yet another holiday we celebrate that has a complicated past. Also known as Independence Day, July 4, was a momentous occasion for only a small portion of folks — specifically those who were wealthy white men. If you’d like to dig deeper and read a critique of the holiday by Ibram X. Kendi you can do that here

We’ve got the headlines coming up for you, plus a weekend guide for our Evergrey Extra members. And keep scrolling to the outro for sad news for fans of the BoltBus.

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3 things Seattle is talking about

🎇  For these Puyallup families, fireworks are more than just fun explosives. A few weeks before the Fourth of July, more than a hundred families will gather in the old Emerald Queen Casino parking lot, known as "Firecracker Alley," to set up fireworks stands and food trucks. Since tribal laws regarding fireworks differ from local municipalities and the state, they can sell otherwise prohibited fireworks and allow customers to set off their purchases on tribal land. For many tribal members, fireworks season is a way to make some extra income over just a few weeks. (KUOW)

  • Related: A reminder that fireworks are illegal in Seattle as well as many other parts of King County. You can find the whole list here. Additionally, there is a burn ban in effect. So please, don’t be the reason the smoky season starts early.

📸  Scenes of a reopened Seattle. "Crosscut" sent out some of its photographers to capture how folks spent the first day without state COVID-19 restrictions. Some of the sights? A “Help Wanted” sign, traffic, and bare faces. (Crosscut)

  • Related: The city really wants you to celebrate the reopening by supporting local businesses. The Downtown Seattle Association announced a whole lineup of events for Welcome Back Weeks. Between July 12-26, you’ll be able to catch concerts, happy hours, and sidewalk sales throughout the city. Plus, there'll be three large-scale events taking place in the C-ID, Pioneer Square, and Westlake Park. (The Seattle Times)   

🍴 A trio of new openings is coming to Seabrook via Seattle. The beachside town will gain a bakeshop from the husband-and-wife duo Grace Bryan and Kameron Kurashima. They both worked at Canlis as well as a new tavern from fellow Canlis vets, Paul Coker and Emily Edeen. Plus, joining them is Cookie’s Country Chicken, which will pop up for the rest of the year. (Seattle PI)

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We take great pride in the events we curate for you, but we don’t put everything we come across in our calendar. That’s because we give our Evergrey Extra members a weekly guide to the weekend as a benefit of their support for this newsletter. Each week we list five things to do; something to read, listen to, watch, eat, and go to. 

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😂  Get your laughs in at Unexpected Productions Market Theater and their Theatresports Improv Live show (Downtown)

🍺  Return to Capitol Cider and enjoy new menu offerings, live music, dining upstairs and downstairs, and the same great GF NW pub fare and cider on tap (Capitol Hill)

⛵  Cool off at The Canal to sip local brews and summer spritzers while listening to a live jazz trio serenade boats through the locks(Ballard)


🎤  Tune in for the second installment of The Engine Room with Shabazz Palaces Ishmael Butler (Online)

🎵  Hit the dance floor and enjoy this Lizzo-inspired dance party at Neumos (Capitol Hill)

💃  Grab your dancing shoes for this waterfront salsa and bachata session (Alki Beach)


⚾️  Dive into the history of baseball with three authors who've each written new books about baseball players in the past (Online)


🍷  Raise a glass to the resiliency and vitality of locally owned businesses at Seattle Made Wine Celebration(SODO)


🌍  Tune in to hear from Seattle's mayoral candidates and what they have to say about climate action (Online)

Friday, July 9

👀  Go Back to the '80s at the Junction Sidewalk Sales(West Seattle)

📖  Hear from Carolyn Ferrell and Joan Silber as they discuss Ferrell's debut novel "Dear Miss Metropolitan" (Online)

😀  Paint a picture to decorate a cruise ship(Ballard)

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One more thing …

I am sorry to report that the BoltBus is no longer. Its parent company, Greyhound Lines, announced it has no plans on reviving the service that went down to Portland and up to Vancouver, B.C. Rest in peace BoltBus, you will be missed. 

Enjoy the cool temperatures, and we’ll see you next Wednesday. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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