West Seattle, Washington
FIRST REPORT, 9:17 AM: Sadly, we’re sure this is only one of many parks left in this condition after another 4th of July night full of illegal fireworks. But James is the first to send photos and a report:
I was going for my usual morning walk and I could not believe the vast amount of garbage that people left/disregarded. Lincoln Park trash cans had bags of trash and styrofoam coolers stacked next to them, but Solstice Park was beyond the pale. It looks like a bomb went off here.
I don’t know if you are collecting readers’ stories about partygoers treating West Seattle like a trash dump, but it’s truly shameful that other people would do this to a community.
Anyone/anyplace else? firstname.lastname@example.org
SECOND REPORT, 9:57 AM: From Jason in Highland Park, a report on Westcrest Park:
Incredibly annoying and sad how people leave the parks after a day of celebration.
We know there are also bighearted neighbors who go out every year and quietly clean up, and welcome photos of them too.
THIRD REPORT, 12:16 PM: From Jenni:
Highland Park Playfield on the baseball field.
11:00 am, July 5th
We’ve also heard from a couple people who didn’t have photos – including one mentioning debris at Sanislo Elementary School.
Thanks to Chi Krneta for the fireworks photos, looking north from West Seattle toward Lake Union.
If you missed the fireworks – or just can’t get enough – another local show is just two weeks away, White Center Jubilee Days fireworks at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) on Wednesday, July 19th.
What a parade! It took almost 15 minutes – as you can see in our clips above and below – for all the participants in this morning’s 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade just to walk, roll, and ride from the starting line in North Admiral:
This was the second year that Emily Williams of FIT4MOM West Seattle coordinated the parade. With family and friends at her side, she provided an exuberant welcome:
She then introduced City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, whose two-minute Independence Day speech included a tribute to those celebrating new U.S. citizenship today:
And then – just before the parade began – Kaylen Stancik sang a stirring version of the National Anthem:
Then, after the countdown, West Seattle’s only 4th of July parade hit the road. We featured a few photos earlier, and have more after the jump:
Seems as if every kid in West Seattle is in today’s 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade!
The hundreds and hundreds of paraders have finished leaving the start line at 44th and Sunset, headed to Hamilton Viewpoint Park (crossing California at Atlantic – so avoid that area for a while longer) for old-fashioned field games, starting soon. SFD and SPD are here too:
We’ll have a second report later with video and more photos.
As usual, your “what’s happening in West Seattle on Independence Day” information is ALL in one place – our one-page guide, here.
The key events:
*Help put up/take down flags in The Junction (9 am and 5 pm, NE corner of California/Alaska)
*Participate in or watch the 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade (10 am, 44th/Sunset)
*Meet the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s new executive director Jeff McCord at the SWSHS picnic (noon-3 pm, 61st/Stevens)
*Personal fireworks are illegal but you can see organized shows to the north (Lake Union) and south (3 Tree Point), both after 10 pm
Again, these are just part of what’s in our guide, which includes today’s transit changes, aquatics info, fireworks-viewing suggestions, businesses’ open/closed/changes info, and more. We’ll be out covering holiday happenings as the day/night unfold, so check back here for updates, and have a great 4th!
P.S. We hope you don’t need to use it, but if you lose or find a pet (4th fireworks tend to make this a busier day/night for that), remember that WSB has the only all-West Seattle lost/found pets page. If you need to make a report, send info (including a contact #, and photo if available – detailed description if not) to email@example.com – thank you.
Just out of the WSB inbox:
American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle will be putting up United States Flags in the Alaska Junction in celebration of July 4th.
Community members of all ages are welcome to help put up (9:00 AM) and take down the flags (5:00 PM).
Community members who would like to participate can meet at the northeast corner of California & Alaska 5 minutes prior to the start times.
That’s the corner by the city-landmark Campbell Building.
Several people have asked about this, and we found confirmation on the Seattle Public Utilities website: Yes, if you are a Tuesday customer, there WILL BE regular solid-waste pickup tomorrow. The South Transfer Station is open, too. (Not its counterpart in the north, though – too close to the all-day-and-night Gas Works Park event.) We’ve added this info to our West Seattle 4th of July infopage.
(WSB photo from 2015 parade)
One more reminder – tomorrow brings the 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, starting from 44th and Sunset (map) at 10 am Tuesday. All kids and their families are invited to participate – just show up! As announced by coordinator Emily Williams of FIT4MOM West Seattle, you’ll hear the national anthem from Kaylen Stancik and opening remarks from City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. After the parade winds across a few blocks of North Admiral and crosses California SW, it’s on to Hamilton Viewpoint Park for classic games. (Diaper drive dropoff for WestSide Baby, too!)
The parade is free to participants and spectators but NOT free to coordinators – as participation grows, permit costs and other expenses do too, so if you can spare $ to help this unique tradition continue, please stop by the crowdfunding page. See you at the parade!
If you haven’t seen it already, the annual WSB West Seattle 4th of July page is up and we’re continuing to update it – if an event is missing, or if your business has special hours (or is closed) on the 4th, please let us know and we’ll add that too. firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
Just one week until Independence Day! West Seattle’s biggest event of the holiday is happening again this year – the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade – and we have updates today from volunteer parade coordinator Emily Williams of West Seattle FIT4MOM:
*Councilmember Lisa Herbold to kick off the Parade
*National Anthem Singer: Kaylen Stancik (School of Rock student)
*In addition to Admiral Neighborhood Association selling popsicles and bottled water as a fundraiser, two food trucks will also be parked in the Loop at Hamilton Viewpoint: Little J’s Dawg House and Mini the Dough-Nut.
*Still looking for donations to help support the parade [here’s the link]
Looking forward to a great holiday event!
The parade starts at 44th SW/Sunset SW (map) at 10 am Tuesday, July 4th. All kids and their families are welcome to participate – just show up! Everyone’s welcome to line the parade route and watch – it ends at Hamilton Viewpoint Park with classic field games. And to Emily’s last point – every little bit helps – the parade continues to grow, and so do the permit fees charged by the city, as well as other expenses.
Independence Day is just one week from tomorrow, so we’re working on the annual WSB West Seattle 4th of July page. Got a public event planned? Will your business be closed, or open special holiday hours? Please let us know (if you haven’t already) ASAP so we can include it when we publish the page late tonight – email@example.com – thanks!
Less than four weeks until the 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Children’s Parade, and besides making sure you’re set to participate (or watch), Emily Williams from coordinating sponsor FIT4MOM West Seattle says they need community contributions, since increased participation means increased permit costs.
Last year’s event far exceeded our planned number of attendees and we’ve had to connect with Seattle Parks and Rec and the City of Seattle as we hop up to the next tier of permits, police presence and insurance, trash receptacles, etc. – all in all, our costs have nearly doubled! So we’re absolutely looking to the community to help cover the costs of the Parade!
To participate: Show up and you’re in the P A R A D E! The kids and their families ARE the Parade. Decorate those strollers and wagons and don’t forget yourselves! Show your spirit and have fun!
Old fashioned gunny-sack races, arts and crafts and various activities presented by local businesses at Hamilton ViewPoint Park after the Parade. This is the very best way to start your 4th of July celebration!
FIT4MOM West Seattle and many other local businesses and community members come together each year to keep this long standing West Seattle tradition alive. The Children’s Parade is truly an event for and by the West Seattle community.
WestSide Baby will be on site collecting diapers and wipes for Stuff the Bus; bring a package and help local babies in need!
But again, there are a lot of costs to cover, so here’s where you can donate. Williams concludes, “FIT4MOM West Seattle is so excited to partner with other local businesses and community members again this year to bring this special children’s event to the families of West Seattle. We appreciate everyone’s support in making it happen! Thank you in advance for your donation.” The parade starts at 10 am Tuesday, July 4th, and winds along several blocks from 44th/Sunset to Hamilton Viewpoint Park.
By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
The numbers were daunting … the personal stories heartbreaking yet inspiring.
West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713 joined forces again today for our area’s official Memorial Day ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor), a half-hour tribute to those who served and sacrificed.
Atop our story, you can watch video of the entire ceremony, starting just after Forest Lawn’s Hank Kerns welcomed everyone, mentioning the cemetery and funeral home’s 115-year history and commitment to the future.
He told of the day 66 years ago – June 2, 1951 – when two Marines came to his family’s door to deliver the news that his brother, Sgt. Walter L. Squires, had just been killed in action in Korea. At the time, another brother, Al Squires, had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was also far from home, training in Southern California. Ben Squires’ memories were clear and painful, of his mother being presented with the telegram announcing her son’s death.
Fifteen years later, he continued, he himself was a “forward observer” in Vietnam – he explained that meant someone who “goes out with the infantry” and if they encounter trouble, they call in reinforcements. While he was out one day, a fellow servicemember was killed by an explosion, just yards away … 19 years old, engaged to be married, less than a month to go before he was scheduled to go home. “It’s hard to imagine, when you see the graves, crosses, and flags” – like those surrounding the ceremony site at Forest Lawn – “each of them has a story.”
The magnitude of the losses was at the heart of the stories told next by Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes, an Army veteran.
After reading the legendary 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields,” he spoke of watching a documentary about the 23 cemeteries overseas where more than 125,000 U.S. servicemembers are buried, and tens of thousands more remembered as missing in action: “Mostly ordinary men and women caught up in the calamity of war,” each withe their own tales of “courage and service …It’s for these heroes that we gather today.”
As Hughes recalled, World War I was supposed to be “the war that ended all wars … tragically, it wasn’t.” The sacrifices continue. He told the stories of U.S. Air Force Capt. Mary Therese Klinker, killed in a plane crash on April 4, 1975, during Operation Babylift, rescuing orphans from South Vietnam, and Green Beret SSgt. Mark De Alencar, killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan just last month.
Capt. Klinker was 27; SSgt. De Alencar, 37. But the average age of those buried in the overseas cemeteries he had mentioned, Hughes said, was just 20 – “they left us too early … but what they lacked in time, they made up in valor.” He urged support not just for veterans but for their families and the families of those who gave their lives in service.
Also participating in today’s ceremony: Boy Scout Troop 284, singer Ross Hauck (with “America the Beautiful” and the national anthem), and Pete Kirkman and Al Keith with “Dueling Taps.” Before and afterward, the Duwamish Jazz Band entertained at Forest Lawn:
And shortly after the ceremony, Post 160 hosted a cookout at its headquarters in The Triangle:
Members and community volunteers began the day by placing flags along California SW in the heart of the West Seattle Junction.
The flags that line The Junction on holidays like this are there thanks to volunteers – and this morning, West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160 led the crew.
They gathered to retrieve, tote, and place the flags along California SW in the heart of downtown West Seattle.
The volunteers spanned generations – including the youngest volunteer, Ryder.
This is a busy day for Post 160 members – you’ll also see them at the Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) Memorial Day ceremony at 2 pm, and they’re hosting a free community cookout afterward, starting at 3:15 pm at their headquarters in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska – all welcome at both events.
P.S. Volunteer help is also welcome for flag removal this afternoon – meet on the northeast corner of California/Alaska at 5 pm.
(Juvenile bald eagle, photographed at Constellation Park by David Hutchinson)
Good morning! Here’s what you need to know this Memorial Day:
TRAFFIC/TRANSIT: No regular traffic report today because of the holiday but you can check local cams here. … Metro buses are on a Sunday schedule … The West Seattle Water Taxi is on a Sunday schedule … Sound Transit Route 560 is not running today … Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on its regular weekday schedule.
OTHER MEMORIAL DAY NOTES: Here’s the Seattle Parks list of what’s open and what’s not … Schools are closed … Seattle Public Library branches are closed … Today is a U.S. Postal Service holiday … If you’re going to a Seattle neighborhood with on-street pay stations/metered parking, there’s no charge today because it’s a city “free parking” day.
What’s happening today:
HELP WITH FLAGS IN THE JUNCTION: American Legion Post 160 invites you to help put up and take down the flags in the West Seattle Junction – meet outside Cupcake Royale on the northeast corner of California/Alaska at 9 am for the morning help and 5 pm for the evening removal.
COLMAN POOL, FINAL DAY OF FIRST PRE-SEASON WEEKEND: Swim sessions noon-7 pm at the city-run outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park – see the schedule here. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1 pm-4 pm (last group admitted at 3:40 pm), it’s the last day of this year’s first weekend of free tours at Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 2:20 pm brings a -2.5 low-low tide. 1-4 pm, you will find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists on the shore at Constellation Park (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln Park – look for the signs.
AFTER THE CEREMONY: Post 160 invites you to a community cookout at its headquarters in The Triangle, 3:15-5 pm. (3618 SW Alaska)
Take five minutes in honor of Memorial Day and those who served, by listening to three West Seattle men – all World War II veterans – tell their stories: 96-year-old Harry Rose, US Army Air Corps veteran; 95-year-old John Kelley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran; and 92-year-old Elmer Lindseth, U.S. Navy veteran. The video was produced by The Kenney – where they live – and Jaroslaw Media.
Honor those who served this Memorial Day weekend by getting a poppy from American Legion Post 160. Post members will be outside West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) until 4 pm today and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow. We stopped by a short time ago and photographed Ron Wright, who served in the U.S. Army, and Walton Delong, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Post 160 commander. The poppy tradition is almost a century old – read about it here.
Also – as noted in our preview earlier this week – you are invited on Monday to join Post 160 in putting up and/or taking down the Memorial Day flags in The Junction, and to attend the traditional 2 pm holiday ceremony at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor), followed by a community cookout at Post 160 headquarters in The Triangle (3618 SW Alaska).
From American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, as Memorial Day nears, a set of invitations:
POPPIES: Post 160 will distribute poppies at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) 10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday (May 27-28). The backstory:
On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.
Each year, members of The American Legion family, led by the American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.
MEMORIAL DAY FLAGS IN THE JUNCTION: They go up at 9 am Monday and come down at 5 pm:
Community members of all ages are welcome to help put up and take down the flags at 9 am and 5 pm. Volunteers are requested to meet on the northeast corner of California and Alaska.
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: 2-3 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor), and you are invited to attend:
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. The ceremony will be conducted at the flag pole in the cemetery. Free parking can be found at the Forest Lawn office across the street.
After the ceremony, join American Legion Post 160 at its home, 3618 SW Alaska St, for a complimentary community cookout from 3:15 – 5 PM.
Good morning! Since the day begins with sunrise Easter services, we’re publishing the list early. First, from our Easter & More page:
SUNRISE SERVICE AT FOREST LAWN: 6:30 am at Forest Lawn Cemetery & Funeral Home (WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Ministerial Association. (6701 30th SW)
OTHER SERVICES, SOME WITH SPECIAL EVENTS: See our Easter & More page, with listings sent by 10 local churches, some with events in addition to the services, such as egg hunts for the kids and breakfast or brunch
EGG HUNT AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market is open 10 am-2 pm as usual, in the heart of The Junction, with a holiday extra:
Kids, search for Easter Eggs hidden all over the market, tell the manager where you found the eggs for a special farmers market prize!
(California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
EGG HUNT IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Arbor Heights Community Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt for the community at 11:45 am at ARK Park. (SW 102nd St & 42nd SW)
JAMTIME: Old-time music, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
Though we don’t have an open-and-closed list for Easter, here are a few notes we did happen to collect:
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: It IS running today, its first Sunday of the 7-days-a-week spring/summer schedule.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED: The home of West Seattle’s history won’t be open today.
LIBRARIES OPEN: Seattle Public Library branches will be open today (1-5 pm as usual).
EARLY CLOSING: According to the Trader Joe’s website, it closes early today – 5 pm.
Any other open/closed/different-hours notes for today, please text us (206-293-6302) or comment – thanks!
This pre-Easter morning full of egg hunts began with the biggest one of all – the only one in our area with aisles of smiles – the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) egg hunt, with hundreds of hunters finding many ways to cruise around the store:
The Easter Bunny was there as always to offer a paw for a high-five:
The hunting continued, past the freezer cases …
And if you looked closely at the cracker boxes …
Eventually it was time for a break to see what was inside those eggs:
This morning also brought the annual egg hunt at Lincoln Park‘s south meadow, presented by Eastridge Church, which has branches in The Junction and on the Eastside, each one presenting a hunt with 40,000 treat-filled eggs promised between the two. Sometimes, just a few are enough to make a little one stop and consider:
The Eastridge event also offered other activities for kids, including face-painting.
After our drippy winter and early spring – the sun was out in full force for this morning’s egg hunts. We photographed some of the younger egg-hunters at High Point Community Center – as they looked around the play equipment, and on the tennis court:
Egg-hunting equipment has gone far beyond Easter baskets – this young participant had a unique tote:
More egg-hunt coverage to come.
It’s been a big morning full of egg hunts around West Seattle and we’re still out covering them. But first – a unique view of the Alki Community Center egg hunt, shared by Don Brubeck – first, above, the eggs are all out on the playfield … and then, kids get the go-ahead to go get them:
Alki is one of four city-run centers that had egg hunts this morning – we’ll have photos from High Point later (as well as two non-CC hunts), and we covered Hiawatha’s week-early hunt last Saturday. If you couldn’t get to any today, there are some tomorrow too, as listed on our Easter & More page.