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SEATTLE — When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to report on various road closures, extensive travel times and all celebrations around the Puget Sound for the Fourth of July holiday, Q13FOX News is right there with you.

Below is a live blog of all things Fourth of July.

From devastating traffic times, to gorgeous celebrations to shops closed and open on the holidays, we’ll keep you updated on the latest news with a Live Blog format. We’re also taking pictures of your celebration, so be sure to post on our Facebook page, hashtag us on Twitter at #Q13FOX or email us your photos at tips@q13fox.com.

LIVE BLOG for Fourth of July 

 

Rob Mackay July 3, 20148:02 PM
Tyler S. July 3, 20147:40 PM

Here’s where to find real-time travel alerts from WSDOT 24/7: http://bit.ly/1s1nEg2

Tyler S. July 3, 20147:03 PM

DEVELOPING: A brush fire forced officials to shut down eastbound I-82 six miles outside of Ellensburg. Officials say the brush fire has burned at least 60-acres. No word on containment or how it may have started.

PHOTOS, MORE INFO >> http://go.q13fox.com/1q1fVJR

Tyler S. July 3, 20146:13 PM
Tyler S. July 3, 20146:03 PM

TRAVEL ALERT

I-82 southbound is
closed at milepost 6, due to a brush fire next to the roadway.


Last Updated: 7/3/2014 5:52 PM

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FERRY ALERT: Drivers will encounter an estimated 3 hour wait departing
the Edmonds terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates
will occur when conditions change. — WSDOT

Tyler S. July 3, 20145:13 PM

From Seattle PD: 

Leave the Fireworks to the Pros and Come Enjoy the 4th at Lake Union

Neighborhoods to the north of Gas Works Park (from North 40th Street to North Northlake Way) will be closed to all but local access traffic starting at noon. Valley Street will be closed from Westlake to Fairview all day–from 12:01 a.m. to midnight. Expect heavy congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Union.

Officers will be stationed at the starred locations, allowing residents and their party attendees into the area. If you’re driving to a party in the marked areas, please obtain a written invitation from your party hosts, including their address!

Some other very important 4th notes:

The Seattle Police Department would like to remind you that the possession, manufacture, storage, sale and use of fireworks (meaning everything but pop-it caps) is prohibited in Seattle, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Help make for a safe 4th by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.

So, instead risking life, limb, a hefty fine and jail time, why not enjoy a wonderful clown, busker and skydiver-filled 4th at Seafair’s annual event at Lake Union?

If you do attend Seafair’s Fourth of July event, here’s a list of things they’d like you to leave at home:

Prohibited Items
-Personal Barbecues
-Marijuana
-Alcohol
-Fireworks, explosives or incendiary materials or devices
-Pets, other than service animals
-Weapons and Firearms
-Glass bottles
-Illegal drugs

And please don’t leave any bags, packages or other items unattended during the festivities.

You can also help emergency responders on the 4th by keeping the intersection of Belmont Ave and Bellevue Pl. E.clear for emergency vehicles. In recent years, the intersection has become a popular spot during 4th Festivities, which is problematic as it’s also a direct link between Lakeview and South Lake Union. Please help police keep the street clear this year.

Finally, please keep in mind that 911 call centers are typically inundated on the 4th with reports of fireworks-related injuries and house fires.

Because of that influx of calls, please only use 911 to report life-threatening emergencies. We are also unable to respond to fireworks complaints (or any other crime reports, for that matter) sent via Twitter.

While the Seattle Police Department values every call from neighbors about concerns in their communities, the Fourth is typically been a loud and busy day for police and firefighters, and frequent fireworks noise complaints make it more difficult for 911 operators, police, and fire officials to respond to life-threatening emergencies across the city.

So, DO CALL 911: to report fires, injuries, crimes, or any other life-threatening incidents.

DO NOT CALL 911: to complain about noise from fireworks.

If you do have concerns about fireworks in your neighborhood, but nothing has been damaged and no one has been injured, you can still call the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.
Tyler S. July 3, 20145:05 PM

More good news for transit riders today:

At 5:00 PM, Metro’s Thursday afternoon commute is continuing with no significant delays or disruptions in transit service to report.

Tyler S. July 3, 20145:03 PM

As expected, traffic is VERY heavy.

Tyler S. July 3, 20145:02 PM

Some good advice from WSP:

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Ferry lines impacting downtown traffic:

Tyler S. July 3, 20144:37 PM

Long waits for the ferry!

Ferry Alert Bulletins

Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

PT/CV -Update- Reservations–July 3 – CV & PT Full For Rest Of Day
For Thursday, July 3, advance vehicle reservations for standard size vehicles departing Coupeville are full. From Port Townsend, vehicle reservations are fully reserved for the rest of the day. For customers without reservations, limited drive-up space will be loaded on a first come, first served basis, with a 45 minute advance arrival advised. Walk-on space is available on all sailings. Your alternate routes will be through Clinton/Mukilteo and Kingston/Edmonds.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Muk/Clin- 3 hour wait in Mukilteo for vehicles due to heavy traffic.
Drivers will encounter an estimated three hour wait departing the Mukilteo terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur when conditions change.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Ana/SJI’s – Anacortes Wait Times 3:50pm Shaw/Orcas 4:45pm FH Full
The 3:50pm sailing is full to Shaw and Orcas. Shaw and Orcas vehicle traffic is now staging for the 7:20pm sailing.
The 4:45pm sailing is full to Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor vehicle traffic is now staging for the 8:20pm sailing. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Edm/King – Two hour wait in Edmonds for vehicles due to heavy traffic.
Drivers will encounter an estimated 2 hour wait departing the Edmonds terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur when conditions change.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:28 PM

Ed/Ki – Puyallup And Spokane Running 20 Minutes Late
The Puyallup and the Spokane are both running 20 minutes late due to heavy vehicle and train traffic in Edmonds. Expect delays on all sailings. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Ana/SJI’s – Fourth Of July – Regular Sailing Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. We encourage customers to walk on instead of taking their vehicles. Paid parking is available at the Anacortes terminal. The San Juan Islands routes will operate on their regular summer sailing schedules on Friday, July 4. To find the Best Times to Travel this visit: Recommended Best Times to Travel for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Sea/BI/Brem – Seattle Terminal – 2 Hour Wait
Drivers will encounter an estimated two hour wait departing the Seattle terminal to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton due to heavy vehicle traffic at the terminal. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Ana/Sidney BC – Fourth Of July – Regular Sailing Schedule
WSF encourages customers to make reservations now for the busy Fourth of July holiday. WSF’s summer sailing schedule provides two daily round trips between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C. To make reservations visit RESERVATIONS


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

PT/Coup – Fourth Of July – Regular Sailing Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Port Townsend/Coupeville route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Friday, July 4. We strongly encourage customers to make reservations in advance visit:RESERVATIONS or by calling 5-1-1


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Muk/Clin – Fourth Of July – Regular Sailing Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Mukilteo/Clinton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Friday, July 4.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Ed/Ki – Fourth Of July – Regular Sailing Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Edmonds/Kingston route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Friday, July 4.

On Friday, July 4, Kingston’s annual Fourth of July Parade will delay sailings from both Kingston and Edmonds from approximately noon to 2:00 p.m.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Seattle/Bainbridge – Fourth Of July – Holiday Sailing Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on a holiday (Saturday) schedule on Friday, July 4, which includes an extra departure from Bainbridge Island at 7:55 a.m.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Faunt/Va/Sw – Fourth Of July – Holiday (Weekend) Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on a holiday (weekend) schedule on Friday, July 4. The 124-car Issaquah will operate as the number 1 vessel on July 4.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

Sea/Brem – Fourth Of July – Regular Sailing Schedule 
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Friday, July 4.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:16 PM

PointD/Tah – Fourth Of July – Hoilday (Weekend) Schedule
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic around the Fourth of July. The Point Defiance/Tahlequah route will operate on a weekend schedule on Friday, July 4, which includes an extra midday round trip (12:35 p.m. from Point Defiance and 1:00 p.m. from Tahlequah).

Tyler S. July 3, 20144:13 PM

4th of July celebration in Arlington!

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Tyler S. July 3, 20143:28 PM

Attention ferry riders!

Tyler S. July 3, 20143:27 PM
The Skagit Valley Herald reports county officials have closed the Rainbow Bridge in La Conner.
Travis Mayfield July 3, 20143:05 PM

In observance of Independence Day, King County Metro Transit operates a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Friday, July 4, and some bus routes will be affected by street closures or traffic associated with community celebrations throughout Metro’s service area.

Special Fourth of July Service -

South Lake Union Streetcar

  • Regular service 10:oo AM-7:00 PM;
  • 10-15 minute special service 7:30 PM-10:15 PM,
  • And, again after the show until Midnight;
  • Board at the South Lake Union Park station only;
  • No boarding at the southbound Fred Hutchinson stop.

Water Taxi West Seattle route

  • On extended Sunday schedule for July 4th;
  • Last sailings from Pier 50 at 10:30 PM;
  • Last sailing from Seacrest Park at 11:00 PM.

Events –

Firecracker 5000 Run

Bellevue Dog Jog

Burien Cycling Criterium & 4th of July Parade

Issaquah Down Home Parade

Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Parade

Bothell 4th of July Parade

Admiral District Family Parade

Bellevue Family 4th of July

Wallingford Family Parade

Family 4th at Lake Union

Renton to Renton Car Show

Bus Stop Service Revisions –

SR-520 at Evergreen Point Freeway Station revision

SR-520 at Yarrow Point Freeway Station Closures

Long-Term Construction Reroutes –

Lake City – 35th Av NE between NE 95th St and NE 110th St

North Beach – NW Neptune Pl & Triton Dr NW

  • Monday, 4/28/14 – Sunday, 4/26/15;
  • Metro routes 18 & 61 are rerouted;
  • Buses are traveling via a one-way counter-clockwise loop along
    NW 100th St, NW Neptune Pl and 24th Av NW.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

We are here until 7:00 PM to help keep an Eye on your Metro Commute.

Travel safely and have a great afternoon.

Tyler S. July 3, 20143:03 PM

Some GOOD NEWS! No significant delays on King County Metro as of 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

Tyler S. July 3, 20143:02 PM

Looking for something to do? Check out a these events happening at parks across the state!

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Travis Mayfield July 3, 20142:37 PM

All Sound Transit bus routes are experiencing delays due to heavy holiday traffic. Expect delays to continue through the evening commute. Thank you for your patience.

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Brett C. July 3, 20149:25 AM

Here’s some fireworks events for this weekend: Aberdeen: 4th of July Splash Festival – July 4, 2014, 12pm at the Morrison Riverfront Park in Aberdeen, WA. Event features live music, family entertainers, free inflatable rides and games, and lots of food and craft vendors. Fireworks at 10pm.

Anacortes: July 4th Celebration – July 4, 2014, 10am-11pm in Anacortes, WA. Town photo at 10:00 am, 5th & Commercial. Parade at 11am starting at 3rd & Commercial. Patriotic program at Causland Park. Fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk.

Arlington: Frontier Days July 4th Celebration – July 4, 2014, 7am-9pm in Arlington, WA. Pancake Breakfast at Haller Park 7-10am, Kiwanis Auctions at Haller Park 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, Old Fashioned 4th at noon at Legion Park, Kiddies Parade 4:30pm and Grand Parade 5pm on Olympic Ave, Duck Dash at Haller Park 7:30pm, Fireworks at Boys & Girls Club 9pm.

Auburn: 4th of July Festival – July 4, 2014, 11am-4pm at Les Gove Park in Auburn, WA. Free activities include the kids’ bike parade at noon, bocce, basketball, on-site gaming truck, museum entry and activities, face painting, spray park, the Discovery Playground and a 5 & Under Indoor Playground.$5 wristband for unlimited rides.

Bainbridge: Grand Old Fourth of July – July 4, 2014 in Bainbridge, WA. Street fair in the Town & Country parking lot 9am-5pm. Parade begins at 1pm. There will also be a Classic Car Show. Music and entertainment will be at the Town & Country parking lot stage and Watefront Park. Fireworks at approximately dusk over Eagle Harbor.

Bellevue: Family Fourth – July 4, 2014 at Downtown Park in Bellevue, WA, 2pm. The largest 4th of July celebration on the Eastside will take place in Bellevue Downtown Park where families and friends can enjoy food, games, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show. Fireworks at 10:05pm.

Brett C. July 3, 20149:15 AM
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Headed south this weekend? The Tacoma News Tribune has a great article on rough traffic times down south. 

Brett C. July 3, 20148:11 AM

More on local business closures from the SEATTLE TIMEShttp://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023979936_openclosedrunthursxml.html

Brett C. July 3, 20147:39 AM
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Brett C. July 3, 20147:38 AM

Seattle Times compiled a list of what’s opened and closed. See more here. Here are some closures: 

• Seattle street parking is free.

• Most major banks and credit unions will be closed.

• All United States post offices will be closed.

• Sound Transit Link Light Rail: Sunday service

• Sound Transit Sounder Train: No service

Brett C. July 3, 20147:34 AM

OTHER ROAD CLOSURES AROUND THE AREA: US 12 will be closed in Oakville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, for the Independence Day Parade. A detour will be in place.

US 101 will be closed through Forks from 11:30 a.m. to 3
p.m. Friday, July 4, and 5:00–10 p.m. Saturday, July 5. A detour will be in
place.

US 101 will be closed through Port Angeles 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 4, for the Fourth of July Parade. A detour will be in place.

Drivers can expect stop and go traffic on US 101 near the
junction of SR 119/Hoodsport July 4–6. Traffic control will be in place.

SR 203/Tolt Avenue in Carnation will be closed from 7 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, from Blanche Street to Morrison Street during the
Great Carnation 4th of July Celebration. Alternate routes are recommended.

SR 548 in Blaine will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, July 4, between Cherry Street and Marine Drive for the Old Fashioned
4th parade; and 1:30–6 p.m. between Martin Street and G Street after the
parade. Alternate routes are recommended.

SR 900 in Renton will be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 6, from Morris Avenue South to Main Avenue South for the Return to
Renton Car Show. Alternate routes are recommended. 

Brett C. July 3, 20147:34 AM


Have you seen are Fourth of July grilling recipes? 

Brett C. July 3, 20147:32 AM

CLOSURES FOR LAKE UNION FIREWORKS SHOW: Closures will begin at approximately 9 p.m., up to one hour
before the fireworks show on Lake Union:

◦The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Roanoke Street.

◦The southbound I-5 on-ramp from Boylston Street.

◦The southbound I-5 off-ramp and the exit-only lane to
Mercer Street.

◦All the ramps will be closed by 10 p.m. The ramps and lane
will reopen when the fireworks show is over. 

Brett C. July 3, 20147:31 AM

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: WSF is planning in
advance for heavy traffic this weekend, as many locals and tourists attend
various fireworks displays in the Puget Sound region, from Lopez Island to Point
Defiance. The heaviest traffic is expected westbound Thursday, July 3, and
Friday, July 4, and eastbound Monday, July 7.

Brett C. July 3, 20147:30 AM

FROM WSDOT: Drivers should expect longer-than-average wait times at
ferry docks and Canadian border crossings for most of the holiday weekend.

 

Brett C. July 3, 20147:29 AM

FROM WSDOT: Most construction projects around the state will suspend
work from noon Thursday, July 3, until noon Monday, July 7. 

While there may not
be any active construction during the holiday weekend, drivers should prepare
for shifted lanes, roadway detours and reduced-speed zones in places. 

Brett C. July 3, 20147:28 AM

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