Before the rockets’ red glare

What’s open, closed for the Fourth of July

Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

Next Tuesday marks 241 years since the nation declared independence, and while many will build out a long weekend in their schedules, most businesses and services will only see changes in operating hours on July 4 itself.

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What’s closed?

  • All branches of the Seattle Public Library. Both the Queen Anne (400 W. Garfield St.) and Magnolia (2801 34th Ave. W.) branches are typically open 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • All community centers. The Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave. W.) has normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, while the Magnolia Community Center (2550 34th Ave. W.) also typically has 9 to 9 operating hours on Tuesdays.
  • All U.S. Post Offices. The Queen Anne location (415 1st Ave. N.) is typically open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, while the Magnolia location (3211 W. McGraw St.) is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be no home mail delivery.
  • All banks and credit unions.
  • City of Seattle, King County, and State of Washington government offices. 

What’s different?

  • Some supermarkets will operate on special hours. Trader Joe’s (1916 Queen Anne Ave. N.) will close at 5 p.m.
  • A special beach shuttle will operate between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Discovery Park. It will be pick up and drop of riders in the Visitors Center parking lot, at the north parking lot bus stop, and in the beach parking lot.
  • King County Metro will run on a Sunday schedule. New this year, Metro is deploying more than 40 extra buses on several routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, and Downtown Seattle including the 31, 32, and RapidRide D Line to serve crowds between 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
  • July 4 is a free parking day in the City of Seattle, and time limits are not enforced.

What’s the same?

  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool (2535 32nd Ave. W.) is open. Public swim from 1 to 2:25 p.m. and 3 to 4:25 p.m., lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and family swim from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • East Queen Anne Wading Pool (1912 Warren Ave. N.) Open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Food and yard waste, garbage, and recycling collections will be on a normal schedule. Seattle Public Utilities asks customers to place their containers out for pickup by 7 a.m.

What’s happening?

  • 11 a.m. — Naturalization Ceremony at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. More than 500 candidates from 80 countries are sworn in as the newest citizens of the United States. King County Executive Dow Constantine, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Governor Jay Inslee, and Senator Maria Cantwell are all scheduled to speak. Navy Band Northwest and the Total Experience Gospel Choir will both perform. Visit for more details.
  • All day — Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works Park. Admission is free for this annual event (though reserved seating is available for purchase), a full day of live music and entertainment along with games and activities for kids of all ages. The main event — the 20-minute fireworks show — begins at 10:20 p.m. Don’t want to fight the crowds? Several Queen Anne parks, including MacLean Park (1922 Taylor Ave. N.) and Trolley Hill Park (1800 Taylor Ave. N.) provide views of Lake Union, and a chance to see the show without the hustle and bustle of Gas Works.