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 email@example.com.
LIVE BLOG for Fourth of July
Here’s where to find real-time travel alerts from WSDOT 24/7: http://bit.ly/1s1nEg2
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.
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Seeing more green travel times but still slow SB 5 through Fed Way, SB 405 in Bellevue, and NB 5 in Everett.
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) July 4, 2014
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
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?
-Fireworks, explosives or incendiary materials or devices
-Pets, other than service animals
-Weapons and Firearms
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.
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.
Some good advice from WSP:
4 simple strategies for drivers this July 4th weekend to help keep our highways safer: Slow down Pack your patience Drive sober Buckle up
— WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) July 3, 2014
Long waits for the ferry!
Ferry Alert Bulletins
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Seattle to Everett via 5 is approaching 80 minutes. On the bright side, three day weekend?!
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) July 3, 2014
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.
- Metro offices – including the Customer Information, pass sales and Lost & Found offices – will be closed on Friday. Visit Metro’s online Regional Trip Planner to plan your transit trip.
- If your bus does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate on Friday.
- The South Lake Union Streetcar will operate a Sunday schedule along with added evening service before and after the fireworks on July 4th.
- The King County Water Taxi West Seattle route will
operate an extended Sunday schedule on Independence Day; the free Water
Taxi DART routes 773 and 775 will operate normal Sunday schedule.
- The Vashon Island Water Taxi route will not operate on Friday.
- Central Link light rail will operate a Sunday schedule.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thursday, 7/3 – 11:45 PM-12:45 AM.
- Routes 26 & 28 will be rerouted.
Bellevue Dog Jog
- Friday, 7/4 – 6:00 AM-1:00 PM.
- Route ST 550 will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 6:00 AM-6:30 PM.
- Routes 139, 166, 180 & the RapidRide F Line will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.
- Routes 271 & ST 554 will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.
- Routes 234 & 255 will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 9:30 AM-3:30 PM.
- Routes 238 and ST 522 will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 9:45 AM-11:00 AM.
- Route 128 will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 10:00 PM-End of service.
- Route ST 550 will be rerouted.
- Saturday, 7/5 – 10:45 AM-1:00 PM.
- Routes 16 & 44 will be rerouted.
- Friday, 7/4 – 12:00 Noon-12:00 Midnight.
- Routes 26 & 32 will be rerouted.
- Sunday, 7/6 – 5:00 AM-6:00 PM.
- Routes 101, 105, 106, 107, 148, 169, 240 & the RapidRide F Line will be rerouted.
Bus Stop Service Revisions –
- Monday, 6/16 – Start of service;
- New Evergreen Point Road Freeway Stations open;
- Metro Route 271 will no longer serve Evergreen Point;
- Metro routes 167, 242, 243, 250, 252, 255, 257, 260, 265, 268, 271,
277, 280 Night Owl, 311, 982, 986 & 992, and Sound Transit routes
ST 540, ST 542, ST 545, ST 555 & ST 556 are affected;
- Minor revisions to wheelchair lift operations;
- Free weekday peak hour shuttle service between Evergreen Point &
Yarrow Point, 5:30-9:30 AM & 3:00-7:00 PM.
- Monday, 6/16 – Start of service-UFN;
- To be replaced by new Clyde Hill/Yarrow Point Freeway Stations;
- Metro routes 167, 242, 243, 250, 252, 255, 257, 260, 265, 268, 277,
280 Night Owl, 311, 982, 986 & 992, and Sound Transit routes
ST 540, ST 542, ST 545, ST 555 & ST 556 are affected;
- Board & exit at the new Evergreen Point Road Freeway Station;
- Minor revisions to wheelchair lift operations;
- Free weekday peak hour shuttle service between Yarrow Point &
Evergreen Point, 5:30-9:30 AM & 3:00-7:00 PM.
Long-Term Construction Reroutes –
Lake City – 35th Av NE between NE 95th St and NE 110th St
- Monday, 6/2 – Sunday, 11/30;
- Metro routes 64 & 65 are rerouted.
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.
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.
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.
Headed south this weekend? The Tacoma News Tribune has a great article on rough traffic times down south.
More on local business closures from the SEATTLE TIMES: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023979936_openclosedrunthursxml.html
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
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
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.
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
◦All the ramps will be closed by 10 p.m. The ramps and lane
will reopen when the fireworks show is over.
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.
FROM WSDOT: Drivers should expect longer-than-average wait times at
ferry docks and Canadian border crossings for most of the holiday weekend.
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.