I don't know about you, but the neighborhood I live in is a war zone of illegal explosives over the 4th of July weekend...
I'm planning on getting the heck out of dodge to the one place that isn't overwhelmed/over populated, even on a holiday weekend.... ShiShi Beach in Olympic National Park (because it's a total PITA to get to with NPS, Tribal and parking to deal with which weeds out the “riffraff”)
Serioulsy, ShiShi Beach is one of the most amazing places on the planet... http://www.visitolympicpeninsula.org/shishibeach.html
I'd LOVE to leave after work on Thursday, July 3rd because it sucks to live in my neighborhood then, but if no one can, I'm willing to leave early on the morning of the 4th if no one can do it after work on the 3rd.
If we don't get out in time to backpack out on Thursday night, there are car camping options at Neah Bay.
The plan is to be back in Tacoma reasonably early on Sunday.
Hard sided bear canisters are required by the NPS. If you don't have one you can rent from REI or we can make a quick stop at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles and get our permit at the same time.
Dogs are not allowed in wilderness areas of Olympic National Park
It is customary to stop in Port Angeles for Mexican Food on the way home. Not required if you hate it, but super fun, filling and who doesn't love a place that immediately brings chips and salsa to your table?
Pitch in for gas (I can take one person comfortably, or two if someone doesn't mind sitting in the side facing seat in the cab behind the driver seat) Fair warning, my truck is not cheap to operate, so I'm happy to pitch in for gas for a more economical (and comfortable) vehicle.
Split cost of tribal permit $15 (good for the year and anyone who splits cost is welcome to use it on their own)
Split cost of NPS permit, $7 plus $2 per person per night.
Split cost of parking (seriously, you can't park at the trailhead)