Seafair Festival 2024 @ Gas Works Park, Downtown Seattle, Lake Washington, and More Local Spots

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📸: Seafair Festival

📆 Saturday, June 29th – Sunday, August 4th
👀 Festival highlights include:

🏴‍☠️ Seafair Summer 4th (Thursday, July 4th)
🏴‍☠️ Torchlight Parade (Saturday, July 27th)
🏴‍☠️ Seattle Fleet Week (Monday, July 29thSunday, August 4th)
🏴‍☠️ Seafair Weekend Fest (Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th)
🎟 See the full calendar of events

The biggest summer festival in the area turns 75 this year! While the hydroplane racesBlue Angel demonstrations, and 4th of July fireworks show get the majority of attention, Seattle’s Seafair Festival includes over 40 events that bring together an estimated more than two million people each year.

The Seafair Festival was first organized by a group of businessmen in 1950. Their aim was to showcase Seattle as the “boating capital of the world” and attract tourists. The inaugural festival featured a unique ritual that still thrives today—members of the Washington State Press Club dressed as pirates. These pirates would land and ignite a decommissioned ship with fireworks, a spectacle that marked the beginning of a tradition.

The Seafair Festival will run from June 29th to August 4th this year. A full calendar of events is online, but mark your calendars for these favorites: 

🇺🇸 Seafair 4th Of July @ Gas Works and South Lake Union Parks
📆 Thursday, July 4th
⏰ 3 pm – 11 pm
📍 Gas Works Park: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle
📍 South Lake Union Park: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle
📍 Lake Union
DJs, food trucks, and beer gardens will fill Gas Works Park and South Lake Union Park, along with those looking for spectacular views of the choreographed light show.

🏴‍☠️ Pirates Landing @ Alki Beach Park 
📅 Saturday, July 6th
⏰ 1 pm 
📍 Alki Beach Park: 2665 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
Pirates will raid the beach to steal the key to the city. Who will stop them?? Show up early for the fun and stay around to score some booty. 

🔥 Torchlight Parade @ Downtown Seattle
📅 Saturday, July 27th
⏰ 3 pm – 6 pm
📍 4th Ave
Seafair is home to numerous community festivals, but the Torchlight Parade is where our city’s cultural diversity culminates. Drill teams, dragon dancers, and marching bands will join Seafair Royalty and the Grand Marshals for the procession. Ticket-reserved seating is available. 

🛩️ Seafair Weekend @ Genesee Park and Lake Washington
📆 Friday, August 2nd — Sunday, August 4th 
⏰ 9 am – 5 pm
📍 Genesee Park: 4316 S Genesee St, Seattle
📍 Lake Washington
An airshow, hydroplane races, and the largest boating party (called a “log boom”) are just a fraction of the festivities. Live music, a car show, family-friendly activities, and, of course, food are also on the agenda. 

@theticketsea Ahoy sailors and Seattleites, it’s Fleet Week ⚓️ A part of Seafair (@seafairfestival), the Seattle Fleet Week Boeing Maritime Celebration has been held at the waterfront since 1950. What is Fleet Week? It’s when US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard ships that have been deployed return to dock in major cities for one week. The sailors get a chance to enjoy the city, and they also offer us an opportunity to tour their fleet. Below is a list of some tour dates and times. See a full list by clicking our link in bio 🫡 ⚓️ PIER 46 ⚓️ 🚢 US Navy Ship Tours 🚢
August 3rd, 4th, and 6th: Tours 9:30 am – 3 pm August 5th: Tours 9:30 am – 11 am 🚢 US Coast Guard Ship Tours 🚢
August 4th – 6th: Tours 9:30 am – 3 pm  ⚓️ PIER 62 ⚓️ 🚢 US Coast Guard Ship Tours 🚢
August 1st: Tours in the afternoon ⚓️ PIER 66 ⚓️ 🚢 US Coast Guard Ship Tours 🚢
August 2nd: Tours 9:30 am – 3 pm August 3rd: Tours 9:30 am – 11 am Tours are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, Pier 62 was the place to be for the Parade of Ships and performances by US Navy Band Northwest! Ships featured were the USS Barry, HMCS Yellowknife, and HMCS Edmonton. 🖊️ @patheresa_ #theticket #fleetweekseattle #seafair ♬ original sound – TheTicketSeattle

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.