UPDATED JULY 4, 2017: 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 4th 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, including Seacrest Park. Don’t show up at the last minute unless you’re on foot – parking fills up early just about everywhere with a view. The show is set to start at 10:20 pm. (It’ll be live on TV on Channel 7, too.)
THREE TREE POINT FIREWORKS: South of West Seattle, this waterfront community presents a display fired from an offshore barge (info here) around 10 pm, 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. Where can the show be seen outside Three Tree Point? (Update) After reviewing the terrain in daylight, we’re thinking you could watch from the west side of Marine View Drive in a few spots, if there’s a good southward view.
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 was made in a past year but should still be valid:
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 start sales June 28th; read the county rules here (as well as the rules/restrictions elsewhere around the state).
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), with special guest speaker City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, according to parade coordinator Emily Williams of West Seattle Fit 4 Mom. It’s an all-volunteer effort and again this year the rising costs are being crowdfunded – please help if you can.
HELP WITH JUNCTION FLAGS: Volunteers of all ages needed to put up and take down flags in The Junction. Meet just before 9 am and/or 5 pm at the northeast corner of California/Alaska.
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. Again this year, the plan includes music by the West Seattle Community Orchestra’s Brass Sextet. Also: “We will provide an opportunity for remembrances of the late Merrilee Hagen — former board president who sparked the acquisition of our Log House Museum in the mid-1990s.” As for the picnic – SWSHS provides the basics, you bring the extras. Meet new SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord! The museum’s one block inland from Alki Beach. (61st/Stevens)
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)
4TH OF JULY SALE: At Origins Cannabis (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. (4800 40th SW)
WHERE TO WADE/SWIM
COLMAN POOL OPEN (On the shore @ Lincoln Park) – Open, noon-7 pm (here’s the schedule)
WADING POOLS OPEN – Lincoln Park 11 am-8 pm, Delridge 12 pm-6:30 pm, South Park 12 pm-7 pm
HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK OPEN – 11 am-8 pm
(Need addresses for any/all of the above? Find them here)
P.S. Southwest Pool is closed for the holiday.
C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) will be open 7 am-1 pm on the 4th.
SOUND & FOG (4735 40th SW) will be open 8 am-4 pm on the 4th.
(added) FRESH FLOURS (9410 Delridge Way SW) is open until 4 pm on the 4th.
(added) DUBSEA COFFEE (9910 8th SW) is open too.
(Anybody else? Let us know! – firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!)
CLOSED, OR DIFFERENT HOURS, FOR THE HOLIDAY
We put out the call for local businesses to let us know about holiday changes or specials. Here’s who we’ve heard from so far. (Anybody else? E-mail us! email@example.com)
ARTHUR’S BREAKFAST-TO-BAR (2311 California SW):
Arthur’s will be closed Tuesday, July 4th so we can enjoy some time with friends and family. Folks can join us for Tequila Mondays the night before with all-day specials on palomas and skinny margaritas, or shots and beers. Then, we’ll be back Wednesday with the usual all-day cafe menu.
THE WESTY SPORTS & SPIRITS (7908 35th SW; WSB sponsor), closed 4th of July
THE BEER JUNCTION (4511 California SW)
We’ll be open 11 am to 11 pm (last call at the bar 10:20 pm).
PARLIAMENT TAVERN (4210 SW Admiral Way) – Closed on July 4th
CIRCA (2605 California SW) – Closed on July 4th
THE BRIDGE (California/Graham)
The Bridge will be open at 9 am Tuesday servicing all your brunch needs! Enjoy the line up of amazing weather on one of our patios or keep cool inside with our A/C.
TRADER JOE’S … is closing at 5 pm on the 4th.
Any other changes/closures? Let us know!
HOLIDAY TRANSIT CHANGES
Metro: Sunday schedule
West Seattle Water Taxi: Sunday schedule
Washington State Ferries: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth on a Sunday schedule – and WSF adds, “There will be an additional 11:25 pm sailing from Vashon to Fauntleroy”
Sound Transit Route 560: No service
FROM SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES: Yes, there’s regular solid-waste pickup. South Transfer Station is open, too.
FROM SEATTLE PARKS: Here’s the what’s open-and-what’s-closed list for the holiday.
FROM US POSTAL SERVICE … it’s a holiday.
FROM SPL … Libraries are closed.
FROM SDOT … no charge today for pay stations/meters on city streets (West Seattle has none, but if you’re leaving the peninsula).
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.