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.

33 comments on “Fireworks canceled, no show this Fourth of July”

  1. 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…

  2. No – it can't be. It just can't be.

    Denial is one of the stages of grief, no?

    WTF??!!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

  9. 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. ;-(

  10. Ah, civic spirit.

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

  11. 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

  12. 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!).

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. So its ok to subsidize business so long as its not sports?

    You aren't very bright are you?

  20. April Fools or no, I doubt this will stop all the drunks from showing up at gas works and puking in to the wee hours of July 5th …

    Cause,

    I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night
    And Party…..

  21. Actually, Chase did tell One Reel last year that it was the last time they would sponsor it, so she is partially right. One Reel has been looking for ONE sponsor, and no one individual or company would pony up. Too bad they didn't re-think the funding model last year when they had the chance to switch it to include lots of sponsors, not one single “banner” sponsor.

    That being said, Amazon and Vulcan have a huge SLU presence, maybe Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos will do a “Hail Mary” with their personal checkbooks. Maybe.

  22. DIY
    Now that is a Ballard Tradition. At least in my neck of the woods it all starts the weekend before and continues on for a while. The night of the 4th it is easy to get a good show right from the front porch.
    I don't really care either way, because my freedom is based on more than Fireworks.

  23. Wow, Barney…it's amazing how well you can read my mind.

    Your comment is not worth replying to.

  24. I have always loved the Blue Angels! But a VA therapist I know said their appearance can be very traumatic for veterans, for whom that sound means danger and death. Just a perspective worth considering that I wouldn't have thought about before.

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