Happy Fourth of July from SeattleRentals.com!

Guess what? It’s July 3rd…and that means tomorrow’s going to be all about barbecues and fireworks. It’s supposed to be pretty gorgeous out, too–here’s hoping you have time to enjoy it! In the meantime, here’s a special vacation edition of The Buzz to keep you company. Happy Fourth!

The Buzz Independence DayThink your patio is nice? Check out these ten best outdoor dining rooms.

Oceanview Outdoor Dining at Casa velas hotel b...

Seattle is a great place to dine alfresco in the summer–the long days and (normally) moderate temperatures make it perfect for barbecues and outdoor dinner parties. Need inspiration for how to style your outdoor dining rooms? Check out this slideshow from the Huffington Post of ten amazing places to dine outdoors.

Fireworks are awesome. At least when they’re not scaring baby bald eagles.

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This news item made NPR’s Morning Edition. What do you get when you put together two strong symbols of our nation’s freedom–bald eaglets, and fireworks? Nothing good, according to the Audubon Society. The eaglets in question, who are between six and eight weeks old, are nesting in Kirkland’s Heritage park; after organizers were warned that fireworks could disrupt the birds, they decided to move the launch site 350 meters farther from the nest. All’s well that ends well–although I know my dog will still be fairly on edge tomorrow night. Read more.

As Seattle endures temps–gasp!–in the eighties, Death Valley attracts “heat tourists” with 129-degree weather


Far be it for us to call anyone crazy…but as the heat wave covers the western states, rumor has it that some people are actually traveling to Death Valley to pose with pictures of thermometers. Yes, the temps are record-breaking…but do you really have to see it to believe it? We’ll take Seattle’s moderate climate any day–and hopefully get out on Lake Union while the weather’s still warm!

Speaking of fireworks, Washington’s going to light up the night tomorrow…and the Seattle PI’s got a guide to all of the sites.

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Whether you’re new to the area, or you’re just not sure what fireworks you should be watching tomorrow night, the Seattle PI’s got you covered with this comprehensive list of July 4th fireworks shows. They’s got Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Kent, and just about every other city in Washington listed, along with start times and links to the event pages, so you can plan ahead–and have a very happy, pyrotechnic Fourth of July.

Did you hear the one about the man who painted his house like a flag?

This story started flying around the internet last year, and as more and more people picket it up, it acquired the trappings of an urban legend. Legend says, a homeowner was told by his HOA that he couldn’t fly his American Flag–so he painted his whole house like one. But according to Snopes, that story goes slightly differently in real life. What would we do without you, Snopes? Check the true story out here.

house painted like american flag

That’s all we’ve got for you today. We’ll see you again next week, when we get back to work with all the rental market news and stats you love. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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