• The show will go on: Seafair to produce Seattle 4th of July fireworks display


    SEATTLE -  After the Seattle Fourth of July fireworks show was canceled this year because of a lack of funding, the show will go on on Lake Union this year after all.

     Seafair will become the producer of a new fireworks event that will air on KIRO 7.    

     The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seafair President and CEO Beth Knox announced Tuesday that the Fourth of July celebration would go on with a new funding strategy.

    As in the past, the Fourth of July celebration will occur at Gas Works Park and will include food booths, a beer garden, displays and activities.

    Knox said they are using a different fireworks company this year that is comparable to what was seen in the past on Lake Union but is more traditional, with a combination of the artistic and patriotic effects.

     One Reel, the company that put on the Family Fourth at Lake Union fireworks show, announced last month that the show was canceled because of a lack of funding.

    The Chamber and Seafair collaborated with businesses to develop a long-term, sustainable funding plan that will ensure the fireworks show would occur in Seattle for years to come.

    Major sponsors include Amazon, DoubleDown Interactive, Microsoft, Starbucks, Wells Fargo and Tom Douglas restaurants.

    A news release said the team of sponsors committed to provide support for several years.

    Contributions from the community are also encouraged and can be made at www.seattlechamber.com/fireworksdonate.  Donations will go to a new non-profit fireworks fund.

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