Tom Douglas, Microsoft & Starbucks to the Rescue!

Editor's Note: Nick Perry at The Seattle Times reports that Microsoft and Starbucks have each pledged $125,000 toward saving the Independence Day fireworks show at Lake Union.

Look to the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane.... No, it's local restaurateur Tom Douglas saving the annual Lake Union Fourth of July Fireworks show. In an effort to keep the city's last remaining summer fireworks show--formerly sponsored by Washington Mutual (Chase Bank only agreed to sponsor the show for one year)--alive, Douglas has kick started a move to reinstate the fireworks show. The chef, who is prepping to open a new restaurant in South Lake Union, announced Thursday on the Dave Ross radio show that he would  pledge $5,000 pledge toward the SoLU fireworks display. Since then, several dozen business owners have followed suit, raising more than $60,000 toward a $500,000 goal. Other business owners who would like to donate to the cause are asked to call or email Ross' show. (888.973.5476;

-Jamie Trudel