UPDATED JULY 4, 2018: 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, and we’ve noticed a lot more advance no-parking signage this year. The show usually starts around 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? 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.
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 started sales last week; read the county rules here (as well as the rules/restrictions elsewhere around the state).
4TH OF JULY PARADE
(WSB photo from past 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). It’s an all-volunteer effort and again this year the rising costs are being crowdfunded – please help if you can. Here’s the route map:
After the parade – games and treats (bring $ for concessions, an Admiral Neighborhood Association fundraiser) at Hamilton Viewpoint Park!
ART GLASS ‘SECONDS SALE’: Avalon Glassworks‘ 4th of July tradition, 9 am-3 pm. (2914 SW Avalon Way)
DOG ICE-CREAM SOCIAL: 4th of July Dog Ice-Cream Social 10 am-2 pm ( also selling super fly collars by Angelia, a small-biz gal pal) at Dutchboy Coffee in Highland Park. (1513 SW Holden)
SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL PICNIC: 11 am-2 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. SWSHS provides the basics, you bring the extras. More info here. The museum’s one block inland from Alki Beach. (61st/Stevens)
WHERE TO WADE/SWIM
COLMAN POOL OPEN (On the shore @ Lincoln Park) – Open, noon-7 pm (here’s the schedule)
WADING POOLS OPEN – weather permitting, the wading pools scheduled to be open are Lincoln Park 11 am-8 pm, Hiawatha 12 pm-6:30 pm, EC Hughes 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-4 pm on the 4th.
(added) Freshy’s Coffee (2735 California SW) will be open 7:30 am-7 pm.
(added) Caffe Fiore (2206 California SW) is open until 6 pm.
(Anybody else? Let us know! – firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!)
HOLIDAY TRANSIT CHANGES
Metro: Sunday schedule plus extra late-night service on routes including C Line and 120
West Seattle Water Taxi: Sunday schedule
Sound Transit Route 560: No service
FROM SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES: Yes, regular solid-waste pickup if Wednesday is your day. 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, now you know).
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!