UPDATED JULY 4, 2016: Want to know what’s happening in West Seattle on the 4th of July? That’s what this page is all about.
(July 4, 2012, photo by Jamie Kinney – Lake Union fireworks as seen from Admiral Way Bridge)
SEATTLE’S BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOW: There’s only one major show in the city limits, and that’s the Seafair Summer Fourth at Lake Union. You can generally get a decent view of much of the show from certain north-facing spots in West Seattle, including Hamilton Viewpoint, Belvedere Park/Viewpoint and much of Harbor Avenue. The show is set to start at 10:20 pm. If you prefer to watch a live broadcast/stream, KIRO (Channel 7) has the broadcast rights.
THREE TREE POINT FIREWORKS: South of West Seattle, this waterfront community presents a display fired from an offshore barge (info here), funded by community/business donations – if you’re interested in watching, consider donating (you can do it online). Where’s Three Tree Point, you ask? Here’s a map.
IF YOU’RE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE OR CONSIDERING IT … Here’s the list of official fireworks displays around the state (July 4th AND other days too – Poulsbo, for example, has a July 3rd show). Not necessarily all-inclusive – we note Vashon Island, just a ferry ride away, isn’t listed.
P.S. ABOUT FIREWORKS VIEWING: This suggestion from Lura on Beach Drive:
Much of Tacoma’s huge fireworks display can be seen from the beach at Me Kwa Mooks and from Constellation Park (63rd and Beach Dr). Bainbridge Island’s display and much of Port Orchard’s displays can also be seen from Beach Dr. The sound of the waves makes a nice accompaniment to the distant (but still awesome) Tacoma display for anyone looking for something a bit different.
REMINDER ABOUT ‘PERSONAL FIREWORKS’: Illegal in Seattle. Illegal in Burien. Legal in White Center (and the rest of unincorporated North Highline) but ONLY between 9 am and midnight on the 4th, even though the fireworks stands started sales on Tuesday; read the county rules here (as well as the rules/restrictions elsewhere around the state).
A NOTE FROM SEATTLE PARKS: Seattle Parks is again planning to keep the lights on at synthetic-turf fields (and some other facilities) to discourage fireworks, and says security will monitor from 9 pm-4 am. Four West Seattle fields are on the list for security monitoring 9 pm-4 am and lights 8:45-11 pm: Delridge, Hiawatha, and Walt Hundley playfields, plus West Seattle Stadium.
4TH OF JULY PARADE
(WSB photo from 2012 4th of July Parade)
WEST SEATTLE 4TH OF JULY KIDS’ PARADE: This community parade along several residential streets in North Admiral is West Seattle’s one and only 4th of July parade. All kids welcome to participate, with their families – walk, ride a bike or scooter, be pulled in a wagon, pushed in a stroller … The parade starts at 10 am at 44th and Sunset (map here; see the route map and schedule in our final pre-parade preview), with special guest speakers Mayor Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, according to parade coordinator Emily Williams of West Seattle Fit 4 Mom, taking over this year from Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor). It’s an all-volunteer effort and this year the costs are being crowdfunded – help if you can.
After the parade – games and treats (bring $ for concessions, an Admiral Neighborhood Association fundraiser) at Hamilton Viewpoint Park afterward. Bring diapers to the parade – they’re being collected for WestSide Baby again this year!
LOW-LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-1:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation and Lincoln Parks – full details here. That’s because the tide is all the way out to -2.9 feet at 11:23 am.
SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL PICNIC: Noon-3 pm, the Log House Museum is the site of the SWSHS’s annual membership and friend-making picnic – and you can become a new member AT the picnic. This year, the plan includes music by the West Seattle Community Orchestra’s Brass Sextet. As for the picnic – SWSHS says, “We provide the basics (including fried chicken), and we invite members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors to bring potluck salads and desserts, as desired.” The museum’s one block inland from Alki Beach. (61st/Stevens)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Yes, you can tour the lighthouse on the 4th of July! Free, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Tours run 1-4 pm – last one starts at 3:40. (3201 Alki SW)
COLMAN POOL’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Colman Pool, on the shore at Lincoln Park, celebrates its 75th anniversary on the 4th of July. Doors open at 10 am; the conservator who restored its historic mural gives a presentation at 10:15 am; party with light refreshments and special entertainment starts on the deck at 11 am; swimming (with regular fees, except that the slide is free all day) starts at noon. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
ART GLASS ‘SECONDS SALE’: Avalon Glassworks‘ 4th of July tradition, 9 am-3 pm. “Annual sidewalk sale of seconds, samples, and odd art glass.” (2914 SW Avalon Way)
HOTWIRE ONLINE COFFEEHOUSE (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) is open 7 am-2 pm on the 4th … C & P COFFEE COMPANY (5612 California SW: WSB sponsor) is open too – still verifying what hours … If your restaurant/bar/coffee shop/bakery/etc. will be open, let us know what hours, so we can include it here! firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY TRANSIT CHANGES
Metro: Sunday schedule
West Seattle Water Taxi: Saturday schedule
Washington State Ferries: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth on its weekend schedule, plus an extra Vashon-to-Fauntleroy late-night sailing
Sound Transit Route 560: Weekend schedule
SEATTLE PARKS’ OPEN/CLOSED LIST – is here.
Again, if you know of any special West Seattle activities/events open to the public on the 4th of July that aren’t listed here, please let us know! We’ll continue to update this page as info comes in.