WEST SEATTLE FOURTH OF JULY: What you need to know

(Photo by Brittany Philbin)

Good morning and happy Independence Day! Because of the pandemic, all the usual local events are taking this year off. So we have a few notes (interspersed with local photos of our national bird, the Bald Eagle):

TRANSIT: Metro is on the usual Saturday schedule.

PARKS: Here’s the city list of what’s closed/open.

ALKI CLEANUP: As previewed here, you’re invited to join in, 10 am-2 pm.

LOW-LOW TIDE: Way out to -3.0 feet at 10:56 am.

(Photo by Sharon Wada)

FIREWORKS: Not here (illegal, and city/port parks are trying to dissuade them), no shows visible from here (Lake Union show is canceled, Three Tree Point show is canceled, Bainbridge show is canceled, Vashon show is canceled).

LUNAR ECLIPSE, SORT OF: One will be happening tonight after 8 pm but even if the sky’s clear, you won’t see anything but the full moon, Space.com explains.

(Photo by Lynn Hall)

We’re working as always, so if you have a photo, tip, lost/found pet, westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you and stay safe!

12 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE FOURTH OF JULY: What you need to know"

  • Rick July 4, 2020 (9:46 am)

    Looks like one of the two needs a trip to the birdie salon.

    • Mellow Kitty July 4, 2020 (10:59 am)

      Lol! I look like that before coffee!😉

    • pilsner July 4, 2020 (2:47 pm)

      Unfortunately those don’t open up until phase 4.

    • Stay well July 4, 2020 (4:01 pm)

      Must be one of those hippie eagles from Vashon

  • sc July 4, 2020 (9:53 am)

    “Don’t be afraid of being outnumbered.  Eagles fly alone.  Pigeons flock together.”  – Unknown

  • Stay well July 4, 2020 (11:07 am)

    How safe are outdoor gatherings?…


    ‘But adding to the confusion about outdoor gatherings is the fact that the continuing protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have not been associated with spikes in cases. The reason the protests haven’t caused a surge may be because protesters were often moving, lowering the risk of spending extended time with an infected person. Many marchers were also wearing masks.

    “I can tell you from our own testing in Minnesota, which has been substantial, we have seen no evidence of any kind of measurable impact of protests on cases,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “There could have been cases, surely, but it was not a major amplifying event.”

  • Rick July 4, 2020 (11:34 am)

    Unless they’re a mated pair, almost always monogamous for life unless a spouse dies. I’ve observed them hunting together. Had a nesting pair in my backyard on Alki years ago. They don’t do flocks. Or swim. But I have seen some pretty spectacular dives.

  • randy July 4, 2020 (12:48 pm)

    I think of freedomJohn 8:36So if the Son sets you free,<span class="crossreference" data-link="(A)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26418A” style=”caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;”> you will be free indeed.

  • Jamie July 4, 2020 (3:50 pm)

    Just biked by Alki while wearing a mask and saw several.large groups – in some cases 20-30 people – sitting shoulder to shoulder without masks.  I suspect we may see an uptick in local infections as a result.

    • DL July 4, 2020 (4:47 pm)

      Jamie, ugh, that’s so disappointing to hear !!

    • Chris July 4, 2020 (8:21 pm)

      What’s been going in at Alki all afternoon? (Strangely I cant find any mention of it) But, I heard a band playing from 3:30-7:30 and we are all the way on 49th, with cheers and fireworks… thought no one was doing public gatherings for the 4th- sounds like a recipe for trouble!

      • WSB July 4, 2020 (8:37 pm)

        We drove through Alki after leaving the fire scene, 7 pm-ish, didn’t see or hear anything unusual. Lots of people but otherwise it was like many other sunny evenings. Did not hear/see a band .. there was one guy playing a drum on a corner, though!

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