Anchors Down at Lake Union.

From September 11 though 15, a water-centric extravaganza takes over South Lake Union. Here, attendees get to dream of perhaps one day owning their own vessel—whether a majestic sailboat, an itty-bitty kayak or a palatial yacht. Boats Afloat opens Wednesday at 11 a.m. and continues into the evening with tropical-theme festivities that take place from 4 to 8 p.m.; expect entertainment by Aloha Island Treasures (Hawaiian music and dance), pupus, wine tasting and, with any kind of luck, a pastel sunset fit for paradise.

Where will you be when the Fourth of July sky starts booming?

The July 4th festivities that will commence this Monday afternoon/evening/night are a time-honored American tradition. Nothing quite says summer in the States like laying out a big blanket under the sun, flinging around a Frisbee and consuming exorbitant amounts of fried chicken, Waldorf salad and refreshing microbrew (or Miller High Life, if that’s your poison).