SEATTLE -- One of Seattle's greatest summer traditions is the latest event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Seafair organizers announced all major of the events over the weeks-long celebrations have been canceled for 2020 and will instead have to wait until the summer of 2021 to come back.
Gone are the annual big 4th of July fireworks show over Lake Union and Gas Works Park, the Torchlight Parade in late July, and the grand finale weekend featuring the Blue Angels roaring in the skies above and Unlimited Hydros roaring across Lake Washington. Intermixed were car shows, Milk Carton derbies, the big triathlon, and other neighborhood celebrations.
"We are deeply disappointed but together we will get through this emergency," Eric Corning, President and CEO of Seafair, said in a statement announcing the cancellations. "Events will be an important part of our recovery, and we look forward to working with our sponsorship partners, volunteers, and stakeholders to produce a festival with the Blue Angels, fireworks, pirates, clowns, parades, and all of the neighborhood community events. We will stay active in the community this summer to bring people together to celebrate online and in-person, within the COVID-19 guidelines."
Corning said the Blue Angels have already confirmed they'll be back in August of 2021 and promises the 2021 Lake Union 4th of July fireworks show will be "bigger than ever."
Those who had already bought tickets will be notified how to get refunds.
List of canceled events:
July 4 – Seafair Summer 4th – Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park
July 11 – Seafair Milk Carton Derby – Green Lake Aqua Theatre
July 19 – Seafair Triathlon – Seward Park
July 25 – Torchlight Run – Downtown Seattle
July 25 – Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade – Downtown Seattle
July 31 – August 2 – Seafair Weekend Festival featuring the Boeing Seafair Air Show and HomeStreet Bank Cup unlimited hyrdo races.