West Seattle 4th of July

UPDATED JULY 4, 2014: 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. Thank you!


(7/4/13 photo by Mike Scharer)
SEATTLE’S BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOW: No Elliott Bay fireworks. But from certain north-facing spots including Hamilton Viewpoint, Belvedere Park/Viewpoint and much of the westernmost stretch of Harbor Avenue, you should be able to get a good view of the Lake Union fireworks scheduled for 10:15 pm – here’s the info for what’s now known as Seafair Summer Fourth.

THREE TREE POINT FIREWORKS: Just south of West Seattle, this waterfront community presents a big display (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 all fireworks displays around the region (July 4th AND other days too).

REMINDER ABOUT PERSONAL-FIREWORKS LAWS: Illegal in Seattle. Illegal in Burien. OK in White Center (and the rest of the unincorporated area) to use between 9 am and midnight on the 4th *only*, even though the fireworks stands started selling them days earlier; 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 Thursday and Friday (July 3-4). Three 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, all of which have been renovated in recent years.

SIDE NOTE – FIREWORKS CRUISES: WSB sponsor Argosy Cruises has a variety of fireworks cruises on the 4th – two appear to have room – check here.


20TH ANNUAL WEST SEATTLE 4TH OF JULY KIDS’ PARADE: This community-organized 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, be pulled in a wagon, pushed in a stroller! 10 am, starts at 44th and Sunset (map), picnic and games at Hamilton Viewpoint PARK afterward – our most recent event preview is here. Again this year, the Admiral Neighborhood Association provides concessions (bring $ for that). And once again, there’s a diaper drive too:

Jackie Clough and Allyson Schreck are coordinating again this year.


SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC: Noon-3 pm, the Log House Museum has its annual membership picnic – and you can become a new member AT the picnic. Go see the newly unveiled totem pole! Hamburgers/hot dogs provided – you bring something else for potluck. Program at 1 pm as part of the West Seattle Bridge 30th-anniversary celebration. 61st/Stevens, one block inland from Alki Beach.

4TH OF JULY CORNER BAR AT HPIC: First Friday of the month is usually Corner Bar night at Highland Park Improvement Club, and this year they’re going all out for the holiday – doors open at 2 pm, with DJ Rich spinning until The Spoils take the stage (outdoors unless the weather doesn’t permit) at 5 pm, bouncy house for the kids, see the details here. Fireworks-Free Zone! (12th/Holden)

INDEPENDENCE DAY WALK: “All are invited to a morning walk on July 4, with no fee. We will leave the West Seattle High School parking lot area in ad-hoc groups between 8:30 and 9 AM for either a 5- or 10-kilometer walk – your choice. The 10K will head down to the Delridge Valley via the Fauntleroy Pedestrian Overpass, and then out to Jack Block Park on Harbor Avenue, finishing with a gentle stroll up the Fairmount Ravine! The 5K route will stay on top of the West Seattle ridge and avoid any serious hills. This walk is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association and hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers.” Info: m.nagan@comcast.net


BARBECUE LUNCH: Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) is offering a special grilled lunch 11 am-3 pm with live music and all-you-can-eat sides – details here; call for reservations!

WANT CHICKEN? Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor) is open 1-4 pm for takeout; proprietor Bruce advises pre-ordering, as they sold out last year!

WHO’S OPEN FOR COFFEE, BAKED GOODS, PIZZA, ETC.Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), 7 am-4 pm … C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 am-4 pm … Diva Espresso, 7 am-6 pm … Firefly, 9 am-2 pm … Bird on a Wire and Admiral Bird, 8 am-2 pm … Bakery Nouveau is open until 3 pm … Shoofly Pie is open 10 am-4 pm … Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor) is open regular hours … Giannoni’s Pizza is open 11:30 am-8 pm … Redline WS will be open – kitchen until 10, bar until 2 am … The Bridge is open at 8:30 am, serving breakfast till 11 am, regular menu rest of the day, “limited” late-night hours …

WHO’S CLOSEDThe Cask (WSB sponsor) … Pagliacci Pizza

Still compiling more info – if your restaurant/bar/coffee shop/bakery/etc. will be open, please send us info ASAP! editor@westseattleblog.com


METRO BUS SERVICE FOR JULY 4TH: Metro will be on a Sunday schedule again this year.

WATER TAXI SERVICE FOR JULY 4TH: Running on an “extended Sunday schedule” between West Seattle and downtown (the Vashon WT is *not* in service on the 4th).

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will be on a holiday schedule on the 4th, per the PDF version.


ALKI TRAFFIC/PARKING CHANGES? The SW Precinct is planning police presence but NOT road closures or detours. However, unless the weather is terrible, you should count on a crowd, especially on the east stretch of Alki/Harbor Avenue, where you can get a decent view of the fireworks.

PARKING HOLIDAY: Not WS, but since you might be leaving the peninsula, please note that street parking in city pay-station/meter spots will be free on this day.


Before the fireworks begin exploding in the sky over Lake Union, drivers heading into Seattle should be prepared for heavy congestion, along with evening lane and ramp closures on southbound Interstate 5, Friday, July 4.

At approximately 9 p.m., Washington State Department of Transportation crews will begin closing the following:
· The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Roanoke Street
· The Boylston street on-ramp to southbound I-5
· The southbound I-5 exit-only lane and off-ramp to Mercer Street
The closures will be complete by 10 p.m. The ramps and lane will reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks display.
Each year, WSDOT closes these ramps with the help of the Washington State Patrol and Seattle Police to ease congestion and prevent drivers from stopping on I-5 to watch the fireworks. The closures also provide troopers with a secure zone to work from as they monitor traffic and keep it flowing smoothly during the display.

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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