Be proud, then be independent: Here is how Capitol Hill will celebrate 4th of July 2013

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

Competitors line up for the sack race at the 2011 Independence Day Picnic (Image: CHS)

Competitors line up for the sack race at the 2011 Independence Day Picnic (Image: CHS)

Pride starts the celebration of America’s freedoms. Capitol Hill’s 4th of July continues it.

The yearly Cal Anderson Independence Day Community Picnic has historically been held — in true irreverent Capitol Hill fashion — as a belated after-party. This year, the party’s organizers have decided to change things up: the picnic will be held Thursday, July 4th. Go figure.

Planned activities include several musical performances, a pie eating contest (courtesy of local pie-ery High 5), and a Pet/Human Look-a-Like Contest. The picnic will also feature a free family-friendly root beer garden, with ice cream and a tasting of root beers from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing, Crater Lake Soda and Rogue. Organizers are expecting around 3000 guests throughout the day, and will be giving out free beef hot dogs (and veggie dogs) to the first 500 who show up.

The day’s schedule and highlights are below. You can also learn more on the Cal Anderson Park Alliance site. CHS will be there — you know you want a free CHS crow tattoo.

11th Annual Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic

Thursday, July 4, 2013
Noon to 5 p.m.   Free!

Family-friendly celebration with live music, kids activities, root beer garden and more!

Free beef hot dogs and Field Roast veggie franks from noon – 2 p.m. or until they run out!  And yummy zpizza for sale from 2 – 5 p.m.

Scheduled Activities and Music include:

11:10 – 11:55 a.m. The Sweatbox hosts Yoga in the Park

Noon – 12:55 p.m. The Not-its! (childrens band)

12:55 – 1:20 p.m. Raffle to win prizes from local businesses!

1:20 – 2:15 p.m. Choro Loco (Brazilian Jazz)

2:15 – 2:40 p.m. Pet/Human Look-a-Like Contest

2:40 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Gnarlene and the Frisky Pigs (Queer Punk Rock & Blues)

3:35 – 4 p.m. High 5 Pie Eating Contest & more raffle!

4 – 5 p.m. P:E-O/P;L,E (Math Punk, improvisational band)

and much more!

We’ll have more on the fireworks end of things closer to the holiday.

The annual Capitol Hill Independence Day event started in 2002, three years before there was officially a Cal Anderson Park.

“When the park was nothing more than a small running track along the water reservoir, neighbors would meet on the north end of the reservoir for a small picnic,” said Randy Wiger of Seattle Parks.

When the park opened in 2005, the gathering grew, with both Cal Anderson Park Alliance and The Stranger helping plan and publicize. This year, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance is hosting the picnic on its own.

“Living in Capitol Hill it’s always nice to enjoy something that we can put together for the community,” said CAPA board member Erin Espinosa, “and (it’s nice to) enjoy the 4th of July with your neighbors.”

The picnic’s organizers are looking for volunteers to help at the event. Interested parties can reach out to

Cal Anderson Park Alliance

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About Sam Heft-Luthy

I've lived on Capitol Hill since age 0.5. Now I'm channeling that Hill experience into my work as 2013 CHS Summer Intern, where I'll be reporting on community happenings, art, music, and just about everything going on around the neighborhood.
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