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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Big July Fourth Weekend to Bring Fun and Traffic Delays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/2/2009  9:00:00 AM
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Big July Fourth Weekend to Bring Fun and Traffic Delays

SEATTLE - The coming holiday weekend gets underway on Friday, July 3, with a Green Day concert and midnight race, Firecracker 5000, both likely to impact traffic late in the evening around the Seattle Center. On Saturday, two major events drawing enormous crowds will take place on opposite ends of Lake Union - the Wooden Boat Festival on the south end and the Chase Fourth of July Fireworks at the north end. In addition, there are many other activities taking place elsewhere in the city that promise attendance in the thousands. The Seattle Department of Transportation suggests that motorists should plan on delays, parking at a distance and walking to the events, or consider using alternate modes of travel - bus, bike or, if feasible, walk.

Please see the following schedule of events.

Friday, July 3

Green Day Concert: 7 - 11 p.m.
Seattle Center-Key Arena
10,000 expected
Expect congestion on Valley Street which may impact traffic coming off of I-5 at Mercer Street.

Firecracker 5000 race: 11:55 p.m. - 1 a.m. (July 4)
1, 250 participants
Starts at the Memorial Stadium in the Seattle Center, heads out on 4th N at Republican, north on 4th to Mercer, east on Mercer to 9th, north on 9th to Broad, west on Broad to Denny, west on Denny to 1st N, north on 1st to Mercer, east on Mercer to 5th, south on 5th to Harrison, west on Harrison around the Center Fountain, back to Mercer, east on Mercer to 4th, south on 4th to the Memorial Stadium.

Pacific Northwest Black Community Festival: 12 noon - 9 p.m.
Judkins Park
4,800 expected

Saturday, July 4

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Lake Union Center for Wooden Boats)
15, 000 spectators
Expect congestion on Valley Street which may impact traffic coming off of I-5 at Mercer Street.

Admiral Fourth of July Kids Parade: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
West Seattle Streets and Hamilton Viewpoint Park
Rolling slowdowns with Seattle Police escort. Parade starts at Sunset Avenue SW and 44th Avenue SW, goes south on Sunset to SW Atlantic Street, east on Atlantic to Palm Avenue SW, north on Palm into Hamilton Viewpoint Park.

Chase Family Fourth: 12 Noon - 11 p.m. (traffic delays possibly up to midnight)
Lake Union-Gas Works Park
50,000 spectators
From 12 noon to 6 p.m., Seattle Police will set up a perimeter restricting traffic to “local access only” between Sunnyside Avenue N on the east, Interlake Avenue N on the west, N 39th Street on the north and N Northlake Way/GasWorks Park on the south.
From 6 p.m. 11:30 p.m., the restricted traffic access perimeter will be enlarged to I-5 on the east, Stone Way N on the west, N 40th Street on the north and N Northlake Way/ Lake Union/Gas Works Park on the south.

For more details go to: http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2009/06/29/july-4th-wallingford-neighborhood-traffic-management-plan/

Boat traffic is expected to increase at least 30 percent on the Lake Union for the event. Boaters coming into Lake Union need to pass through the Lake Washington Ship Canal bridges by 9 p.m. After the fireworks, the Fremont Bridge will not re-open to marine traffic until 12:30 a.m. July 5, the Ballard and University Bridge will not re-open for marine traffic until 1:30 a.m. July 5.

Pacific Northwest Black Community Festival: 12 noon - 9 p.m.
Judkins Park
4,800 expected

Sunday, July 5

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Lake Union Center for Wooden Boats)
15,000 spectators
Expect congestion on Valley Street which may impact traffic coming off of I-5 at Mercer Street.

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets closed: Pike, Pine and Stewart streets between First Avenue and Pike Place and Pike Place (adjacent to the market).

Pacific Northwest Black Community Festival: 12 noon - 9 p.m.
Judkins Park
4,800 expected

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.


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