Fireworks canceled, no show this Fourth of July

The annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza over Lake Union has been canceled after the organizer was unable to find a title sponsor.

The Elliott Bay show was canceled last year, so this is the first time in 46 years that Seattle will not have a fireworks show on the Fourth. My Wallingford has the story and neighborhood reaction, which as you might imagine, is one of disbelief — as well of concerns that illegal fireworks may take center stage.

Updated: Click here for updated piece on the effort by citizens and businesses to save the annual show.

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super_v
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super_v

Ahem. Mr. Gates? Mr. Ballmer? Mr. Allen? Mr. McCaw? Mr. Bezos? And the great one in need of redemption: Howard Shultz?

Surely with the great minds and talents in this area something could have been pulled off. Even, gasp, a nominal fee ($5.00 per group paid attendance)? Or someone at least taking the Ivar's road of we're going to put this money toward helping the poor.

I'd like to know more about how One Reel tried to find a new sponsor and why they didn't pitch a story before it was too late.

I guess they can just replay the fireworks show from past years…

cyclistandSUVdriver
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cyclistandSUVdriver

No – it can't be. It just can't be.

Denial is one of the stages of grief, no?

WTF??!!

ballardgirl19
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ballardgirl19

So ridiculous! NO FIREWORKS ON 4th of JULY!??! not possible!

B
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B

With that, Chase Bank would still love to have your business. Even though they pulled the rug from under the firewords from when WAMU sponsored it. Sure Chase has no obligation to do this, but then again, we don't really have an obligation to bank at Chase. Thats just my take on it.

Alysse M
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Alysse M

Sure is close to April 1st.

dmcmanus
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dmcmanus

6 days later is the Ballard SeafoodFest. Screw Lake Union!

pokerguy
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pokerguy

and everyone thought America jumped the shark with the health care bill, maybe Seattle is a little to close toe Russia.

Silver
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Alysse M – that was the first thing I thought of, but no – it's still technically March 31st. I think that posting a prank before midnight is illegal or something…

cyclistandSUVdriver
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cyclistandSUVdriver

Chase sucks and so clearly doesn't understand the PNW. Their ad campaign is so poor and ridiculously stupid for this community. I will never give them my business.

SPG
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SPG

Nothing like living in a “First Class City”.

timberlandconst
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timberlandconst

Since Amazon is taking over Lake Union with 7 new buildings they should be more than open to being a Sponser!! Just my 2 cents

Melissa
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Melissa

I dont get why this is getting sudden media attention… this was already announced, in like August or something…

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Well, the radical environmental folks should be happy. Talk about tons of carbon, poor air quality, and noise pollution. The PITA folks will be pleased that tens of thousands of pets and other wildlife will experience less fear and stress, better air quality.

Now, if we can just find a way to ground the Blue Angels at Sea Fair, we can totally silence the sounds of freedom.

Truly cause for celebration all the way around for Seattleites. ;-(

TheRaven
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TheRaven

Ah, civic spirit.

I think Chase has just managed to undo much of the goodwill it was trying to build through advertising.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

Yes, Chase has pulled the rug out from under our constitutionally protected right to fun paid for by someone else.

It's for the children

If you don't fund this grandma will die

It will increase homelessness

pling
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pling

now you are talking! i'm with you – the blue noise-makers are LAME.

Barfly
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Barfly

This city is getting so dull….next they'll get rid of the hydro races (too much CO2!) and Blue Angels (we hate the military!).

Paulina
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Paulina

Dude, the “Sound of Freedom” should stay north of Oak Harbor, where it belongs, where everyone eventually gets used to it.

sweetrose
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sweetrose

Best you find a new 'hot' city huh

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Great, so there will likely be more idiots out there blowing off illegal fireworks. Tell ya what, guys, blow 'em off in the Chase parking lot this year.

Barfly
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Barfly

New? I just want Seattle to keep it's old traditions alive and not succumb to mindless, enviro-conformity.

You need to learn to read better Maria, you contradict yourself everytime you type.

Barfly
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Barfly

I guess it's off to the reservation for a DIY July 4th here in Ballard….who's coming?!

sdmccain
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sdmccain

Hmm…we've got a lot of subsidized sports teams around here (to remain nameless) that probably could get together and afford to sponsor this.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

That is incorrect. You are thinking of the moron who sued to try and stop last years show.

Silver
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NOW yer talkin'!