Navy Growler flyover for Ballard Locks centennial on July 4

The Ballard Locks centennial will be a big event for our little ‘hood, with EA-18G Growler flyovers planned for the 4th of July.

The ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Locks opening is on Tuesday, July 4, with the flyover happening at 10am The planes are part of the Electronic Attack Squadron 138, the Yellow Jackets, from the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island. The opening ceremony on July 4, 1917 included a flyover by one of the earliest Boeing airplanes, a biplane which circled overhead.

 After the ceremony, the Seattle Civic Band will play a “rousing selection of patriotic music” at 2pm. Ballardites can expect the flyover at just past 10am on the 4th, so have your cameras ready and don’t be alarmed at the military jets buzzing over Ballard.

Photo courtesy MOHAI

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