Plan ahead for the 4th of July

Tomorrow is Independence Day, and the city is gearing up for the mid-week holiday. Here is a list of notices about the 4th of July:

  • Garbage pickup is normal, however the city’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford will be closed.
  • Libraries will be closed.
  • Boater information: Heavy traffic is expected on the Fremont, Ballard, and University Bridges, so the US Coast Guard has allowed for temporary changes in bridge operation which will result in limited bridge openings to let heavy traffic disperse following the fireworks display on Lake Union. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. and end at roughly 11 p.m. The Fremont Bridge will be closed to vessels from 9 p.m. on July 4 until 12:30 a.m. July 5.  The University and Ballard bridges will not open for marine traffic between 10 p.m. on July 4and 1 a.m. on July 5.
  • Metro Transit buses will be on Sunday schedules.
  • Seattle Parks will light up some nearby parks to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields. The ballfield lights will be turned on at approximately 8:45 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field. Ballard area parks include Loyal Heights Playfield, where the lights will be off at 10 p.m. The Lower Woodland Playfield #2 and #7 will be turned off at 11 p.m.
  • The post office will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery.

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