4th of July: what’s open and what’s closed

Many people will have a day off work tomorrow for Independence Day, and many city services will be unavailable or running on holiday schedules.

Here’s what’s closed:

  • Public Libraries
  • Community Centers
  • Federal offices and courts
  • U.S. Post Offices (no mail delivery, either)
  • City of Seattle offices
  • City-owned indoor pools
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • City-operated sailing and small-craft centers

Many businesses will be on a special 4th of July schedule, so it might be best to call ahead or check online.

Seattle street parking will be free for the day.

All King County Transit buses will be on a holiday schedule, with an extra-late night service for people heading home after the fireworks.

King County water taxis will be on a weekend schedule, and Link Light Rail and Sound Transit will be on a Sunday schedule.

Garbage and recycling will be on a normal pick-up schedule.

And, if you’re keen to watch the fireworks, head in the direction of Gas Works Park for the big firework show over Lake Union, which starts at 10pm.

Photo: Seafair Summer Fourth

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There are official press releases for this, of course. This might be one if them.

Next time (Labor Day?) call around for the hours of operation for the super markets and other grocery stores. They don’t always reliably update their web sites. “It might be best to check” is a strange substitute for journalism.


Thank you for rounding this up for us!


Starbucks open till 7 pm …..Wow but still got the panhandlers and nuts coming out of St.lukes breakfast feed and taking up customers space !