West Seattle 4th of July


UPDATED JULY 2, 2015: Want to know what’s happening in West Seattle on the 4th of July? That’s what this page is all about. If you have a Fourth event or infobit (such as restaurant/bar/coffee shop hours) that belongs here – please e-mail us ASAP – thank you!


(2013 photo by Mike Scharer)
SEATTLE’S BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOW: Not in West Seattle, but you can get a decent view from certain north-facing spots including Hamilton Viewpoint, Belvedere Park/Viewpoint and much of Harbor Avenue: This year’s Lake Union fireworks scheduled for 10:20 pm – here’s the info for that show, officially known as Seafair Summer Fourth.

THREE TREE POINT FIREWORKS: Just 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 … 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).

REMINDER ABOUT ‘PERSONAL FIREWORKS’: Illegal in Seattle. Illegal in Burien. Legal in White Center (and the rest of the unincorporated area) but ONLY between 9 am and midnight on the 4th, even though the fireworks stands started selling them last Sunday; read the county rules here.

A NOTE FROM SEATTLE PARKS: Seattle Parks is again planning to keep the lights on at synthetic-turf fields to discourage fireworks, and says security will monitor for extended hours, too. This time, it’s planned for both Friday and Saturday (July 3-4). Four West Seattle fields are on the list for security monitoring 9 pm-4 am and lights 8:45-11 pm: Delridge, Hiawatha, West Seattle Stadium, and Walt Hundley.


(WSB photo from 2012 4th of July Parade)

22ND ANNUAL WEST SEATTLE 4TH OF JULY KIDS’ PARADE: This community parade in North Admiral is West Seattle’s one and only 4th of July parade. All kids welcome to participate, with their families – walk, ride your bike or scooter, be pulled in a wagon, pushed in a stroller … Starts at 10 am at 44th and Sunset (map), with special guest speakers Mayor Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, according to parade coordinator Emily Williams of West Seattle Fit4Mom, taking over this year from Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor).

After the parade – games and treats (parade’s free but bring $ for concessions, an Admiral Neighborhood Association fundraiser) at Hamilton Viewpoint Park afterward – our most recent event preview is here. Bring diapers to the parade – they’re being collected for WestSide Baby again this year!


SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL PICNIC: Noon-3 pm, the Log House Museum has its annual membership and friend-making picnic – and you can become a new member AT the picnic. This year, the plan includes a chance to walk over to the Alki Homestead / Fir Lodge for a photo at 1 pm. In honor of the Homestead’s new ownership/refurbishing, SWSHS will provide chicken for the picnic (and “chik’n” for vegetarian participants) – you bring a side dish to share. 61st/Stevens, one block inland from Alki Beach.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Yes, you can tour the lighthouse on the 4th of July! (3rd and 5th of July, too.) 1-4 pm, 3201 Alki SW.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The Alki Volleyball Association‘s Firecracker Open hits the sand on Independence Day – details on the AVA website.

ART GLASS ‘SECONDS SALE’: Avalon Glassworks’ 4th of July tradition, 9 am-3 pm. “Parking lot sale of art glass samples, seconds, and oddball stuff.” 2914 SW Avalon Way


WHAT WE HAVE SO FARHotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), 7 am-4 pm …C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), open 7 am-5 pm … Freshy’s Coffee, open 7 am-7 pm … The Bridge is open regular hours … Quadrato in The Junction and Pizzeria 22 in Admiral will be open regular hours … Ma’Ono is open in The Junction for brunch and dinner as is usual on Saturdays … Still compiling more info – if your restaurant/bar/coffee shop/bakery/etc. will be open, please send us info ASAP! editor@westseattleblog.com


Metro and Water Taxi info is here; Washington State Ferries info is here; Sound Transit info 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.

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