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Seattle will have fireworks (but no Blue Angels) this summer

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 9.18.17 AMIt’s an election year so you kind of knew this was coming… but, hurray!

Mayor McGinn updates the public on Fourth of July fireworks in Seattle
“A fireworks show on the Fourth of July is a civic tradition. I, like many Seattle residents, was disappointed to learn last week that there would not be fireworks this year at Gas Works Park. That’s why I am delighted to announce that we are working with Seafair and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to craft a new and sustainable plan for Fourth of July fireworks in Seattle. I am optimistic that we will indeed have fireworks this year in our city. I thank Seafair and the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to Seattle and for their leadership. We will announce more details soon.”

Meanwhile, it’s official — D.C. budget cuts have grounded the Blue Angels this summer meaning no Seafair appearance. No worries. Word is organizers have found a private jet performance group to buzz the city.

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7 thoughts on “Seattle will have fireworks (but no Blue Angels) this summer

  1. Since the reason given for not having the show was that the deadline was to order the fireworks, I’m hoping they found a supplier with a more friendly deadline for the show.

    How do you make a July 4 celebration sustainable though?

  2. I took sustainable to mean that it would be a sustainable funding plan, versus the big crisis every year about whether we’ll even have a public show or not.

  3. well, he doesn’t actually say that we’ll have fireworks, just that he is “optimistic that we will indeed have fireworks this year in our city.”

  4. “D.C. budget cuts have grounded the Blue Angels this summer…”

    What, no deafening war machines hurtling overhead, terrifying dogs, discommoding cats, and teaching children that war is when Disney World comes to you? How will I know I’m an American?

    Upon reading this, my spontaneous Happy Dance became so ecstatic that I’m going to have to mop up a latte just as soon as I calm down. Thanks for the great news.