Four Ways to Stay Cool This Fourth of July

There’s nothing better than Seattle in the summertime. But with temperatures approaching 80 degrees this Fourth of July, you may be looking for ways to beat the heat. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Energy* on how to keep cool and conserve energy without breaking the bank! Check out this month’s issue of Light Reading for more innovative ways to conserve energy this summer from planting a tree to using your slow cooker. Click here to take a look!

Lights will be turned on at ballfields July 3, 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will turn on field lighting on ballfields throughout the city on the evenings of Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, to protect the surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field.

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the city of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields or surrounding facilities. The approximate replacement cost for the synthetic surface based on per average full-size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including players of soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.     

The fields will be monitored by security from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Lights at the following fields will be turned off at 11 p.m.:

  • Bobby Morris at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave
  • Delridge Playfield, 4458 Delridge Way SW
  • Garfield #1, E Cherry St & 23rd Ave
  • Genesee Upper and Lower Playfield, 4316 S Genesee St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Hiawatha Playfield, 2700 California Ave. SW
  • Jefferson Playfield, 4165 16th Ave. S
  • Lower Woodland Playfield #2 and #7, 5201 Green Lake Way North
  • Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Avenue SW
  • Washington Park Playfield, 2500 Lake Washington Blvd. E
  • Interbay Athletic Complex, 3027 17th Ave W
  • W Queen Anne Playfield, 150 W Blaine St.

Lights at the following fields will turned off at 10 p.m.:

  • Loyal Heights Playfield, 2101 NW 77th St
  • Mickey Merriam Athletic field complex, Magnuson #5 (Rugby), #6, #7, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
  • Miller Playfield, 330 19th Ave. E

For more information please call Seattle Parks and Recreation Security Manager Marlan Teeters at 206-684-7088.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Fourth of July closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Independence Day or on special holiday schedules. Some facilities may be open, but have limited operations. Please call in advance.

These facilities and services will have CLOSURES:

  • Community centers (July 4)*
  • Environmental learning centers (July 3-4)
  • Indoor swimming pools (July 4)
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center (July 3-5)
  • Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (July4-5)


*Laurelhurst, International District Chinatown, Van Asselt, Alki and Miller community centers will be closed on July 3 and 4.

These facilities are OPEN:

  • Golf courses
  • Boat ramps
  • Beaches
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
  • Colman Pool
  • Wading pools (Bitter Lake, Cal Anderson, E.C. Hughes, Green Lake, Hiawatha, Lincoln Park, Magnuson, Van Asselt, Volunteer Park, Wallingford)
  • Spray Parks


These facilities are on special schedules:

  • Volunteer Park Conservatory, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 3 and 4.
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center (No classes on July 3 or 5, but courts are available for reservation. The center will be closed on July 4.)




Everything you need to know about Seafair Summer 4th

Seafair Summer Fourth 2014 at Gasworks Park, photo by Seafair

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Locations: Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, or Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N

Where can I find information about the fireworks displays?
The best resource for information regarding the Seafair Summer Fourth firework display is Please note that neither the City of Seattle, nor Seattle Parks and Recreation pays for the firework display.

Where can I view the public firework display?
The best views of the public firework display are from Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park. Both locations are free to the public, but also feature reserved, ticketed seating. Reserved seating for both locations can be purchased here.

Seafair Summer Fourth 2014 at Gas Works Park, photo by Seafair

What takes place at the parks?

Gas Works Park: Noon – 11 p.m.
-All-American games presented by Smith Brothers Farms
-Festival-style food trucks and concessions
-Large beverage garden
-Exhibit booths
-Kids Zone
-Washington National Guard Display
-SkyDive Kapowsin Landing Zone
-DoubleDown interactive live music and entertainment stage – emceed by Warm 106.9 FM
-Open and reserved seating options

South Lake Union Park: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
-Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria live music and entertainment stage
-Food booths and concessions
-Beverage garden
-Exhibit booths
-Part of Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
-Open and reserved seating options

If I attend Seafair Summer Fourth events, what are the rules?
– No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the event unless they are purchased at the on-site beer garden
– No personal barbeques are permitted
– No marijuana is permitted
– No fireworks, explosives, incendiary materials or devices are permitted
– No pets other than service animals are permitted
– No weapons or firearms are permitted
– Tents are allowed, but must be collapsed at dusk
– No glass bottles are permitted
– No illegal drugs are permitted
– All bags and coolers are subject to search

What can I bring with me?
– Food and non-alcoholic beverages (coolers are subject to search)

What’s the best way to get there?
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the event. Public transportation is encouraged, but buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule (Plan your trip here). Parking will be limited due to street closure. People with disabilities will get parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cyclists are welcome to use the express entrance, but there will be a limited number of bike racks inside the park.

Tips from Seattle Parks Crew Chiefs
– Slather on the sunscreen!
– Do not drink and drive!
– Parking enforcement will be out in full force, be careful to adhere to street signs and do not block driveways or park on private property (take public transit!)
– Pets are not allowed in the park during Seafair Summer Fourth – please leave them at home! A hot vehicle is no place for a pooch.