If you’re like many Seattleites, you’ve probably heard of Seafair, but you might not be totally sure what it actually entails…it’s more than just the Blue Angels! That’s okay – Eleanor apartments is here to fill you in. Eleanor, we like to think of ourselves as more than just an apartment community near Greenlake – we take pride in Seattle’s culture and traditions. If you’re new to Seattle, or you just need a refresher allow us to break down one of Seattle’s most beloved festivals for you: Seafair,
Seafair’s story began in the early 1950s. Its original function was to celebrate Seattle’s centennial, as well as attract more tourists. Given the City’s reputation as the “boating capital of the world”, organizers made sure all the festivities were centered around a marine theme. The various activities included boat races, parades, sports, and contests.
Since then, Seafair has become a massive summer festival that attracts millions of people each year. The focus is still on Seattle’s marine culture, and it includes tons of cool events over a period of 10 weeks.
Torchlight night rivals the Blue Angles as the most iconic of Seafair events, and Seafair 2017 is actually the 68th annual year of Seafair’s Torchlight Parade. The Torchlight parade is so momentous that it used to be the finale, but scheduling has pushed it up this year. The parade takes off at dusk near the Seattle center, and winds along 4th avenue, towards the stadium district. The overall parade route is only about 2.5 miles, but it’s expected to draw nearly 200,000 people to downtown Seattle!
*image from Seafair’s website
All of the Summer-long festivities of Searfair lead up to Seafair weekend! When you think of Searfair weekend in Seattle, this is what you usually think of. Since there are actually 75 sanctioned events, we obviously can’t provide the details of everything, but we can provide highlights of the biggest weekend of the Festival (August 4 to 6). The gates will open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Friday will be free (if you pick up a ticket from a participating sponsor), while Saturday and Sunday will cost from $10 to $40. You’ll be able to enjoy great food, music, games, marine vessel exhibits, and even wakeboard competitions. But, what people usually get the most excited about is what takes place on the water and in the sky.
Speed, speed, and more speed. That’s what you get when the hydroplane boat races hit the waters of Lake Washington on Seafair weekend. The best pilots in the world will be descending upon Seattle to compete for the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup and Albert Lee Appliance Cup. This treasured tradition has been thrilling Seattleites for nearly 70 years! Plus, there’s also various hydroplane demonstrations, including Grand Prix World Hydroplane Testing, as well as a vintage Hydroplane Exhibition, and H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying.
For the full schedule of all Water/Land events, go here.
*Image from Wikipedia
The Boeing Air Show is not to be missed. With a number of different planes, the air show features crazy acrobatics and demonstrations that always awe and delight. The full spectrum of airplane maneuvers are covered, from the magnanimous Team Oracle, as well as more subdued demonstrations from aircrafts like the C130 Fat Albert. Oh, and of course, we can’t forget to mention the crown jewel of Seafair and the Air Show – the world famous Blue Angels!
For a full schedule of the Seafair 2017 airshow, go here.
The Blue Angels
*image from wikipedia
The Navy’s Blue Angels get their own section because they’re kind of a huge deal. Old and young alike will be watching in awe as six F/A-18 Hornet jets perform gravity and death-defying stunts at speeds of approximately 1,400 mph. And, many tricks are done while the planes are just 18 inches apart from each other! The Blue Angels will take to the sky at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Seafair is not the only reason why Seattle is one of the best places to live. Seattle is a world class city and Seattleites pretty much have all that they need right at their fingertips. It’s the perfect home for Eleanor Apartments!
Our residents often find that they are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from all the best features of Seattle. Not only is Eleanor located in a thriving neighborhood that mixes urban and natural landscapes, it’s also incredibly close to downtown and major company headquarters such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Plus, there is easy access to public transportation and I-5 so getting to Seafair and any other events and places in the City is a cinch. And, this is all in addition to our beautifully designed apartment homes that include awesome amenities created with only tenants’ wants and needs in mind!