Here’s what you need to know for this year’s Fourth in Eastlake

It’s that time! The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Union is almost here.

Eastlake is bracing, as we always do, to receive our share of the expected 100,000 people who will be somewhere around the lake to see the holiday show.

The main question everyone always wants answered is: When should I tell my guests to arrive? When Seattle Police Officer Chris Kelley spoke at an Eastlake Community Council public meeting in June, his advice was that the best time to arrive is 6 to 7 p.m. (unless they’re coming for the day) and the best time to leave is after 11 p.m. 


Printable map of parking/traffic restrictions

The area in the neighborhood with the tightest access and parking restrictions is from Eastlake west to the houseboats. If you live in that area, your guests won’t need a written invite but they will need to know where they’re going and where they’re going to park. Officers will start to shut off vehicular access to that area around 8:30 p.m. 

Parking is always very tight on the Fourth. Parking along Eastlake Avenue is mostly prohibited on the Fourth. Several other streets have parking prohibitions. If you or your guests block driveways or fire hydrants or park in areas marked “no parking” for the day, you will be towed. Some residents and businesses will be renting parking in their lots. The best bet is probably to take a Metro bus.

After the fireworks are over, SPD concentrates on getting people out of the area. Some streets (Lynn and Harvard) become one-way heading away from Eastlake. Check the map attached to this story for more information. A downloadable PDF of the map is here.

For complete details on parking and access, check our previous post.

Other links that you may find useful on the Fourth:

  • Our list of businesses that are open in Eastlake is here
  • Information on the Family Fourth at Lake Union and the fireworks can be found on their website.
  • Metro will be running on a Sunday schedule on the Fourth. To see if your route has trips that are canceled, check the Metro website.
  • Starbucks will be hosting a clean-up day around Lake Union on Tuesday, July 5. Eastlake’s Rogers Playfield will be one of the staging areas. If you’d like to take part, information and registration is here.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!