The Boeing Air Show during Seattle Seafair Weekend is a must see for all families and thrill seekers. For many across the Pacific Northwest, summer and Seafair reach their pinnacle as the pilots behind the yokes of the “Blue” Boeing F/A-18 Hornets make their thunderous and spectacular appearance over the skies of Seattle.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels amaze the Seafair audience with their knife-edge passes and dynamic maneuvers directly overhead boaters on Lake Washington. The F/A-18 can reach speeds just under Mach 2 (almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 MPH).
Blue Angels Seafair show schedule
For 2019, The Blue Angels flight area over Lake Washington has shifted a bit south, so the I-90 Bridge and Seward Park will remain open. Performances will be daily from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4.
(Subject to change)
- Thursday: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Blue Angels practice
- Thursday: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Blue Angels practice
- Friday: 3:00-4:00 pm, Boeing Seafair Air Show – Blue Angels Performance
- Saturday: 3:00-4:00 pm, Boeing Seafair Air Show – Blue Angels Performance
- Sunday: 3:00-4:00 pm, Boeing Seafair Air Show – Blue Angels Performance
No I-90 closure in 2019!
A new flight path will allow the Blue Angels to soar over the Seattle area during the 2019 Seafair Air Show without closing the Interstate 90 floating bridge.
The FAA requires a safety zone around and below the area where the Blue Angels practice and perform. These horizontal and vertical restrictions are in place to protect the public, property and pilots. This zone, also called “the box,” covered part of Lake Washington and the floating bridges – hence the closure. The new flight path has changed the location of “the box,” eliminating the need for the I-90 bridge closures.
With traffic flowing normally on I-90 this year, Washington State Patrol will be conducting speed and distracted driving enforcement. Remember: it is illegal to park your vehicle in a lane or on the shoulder unless for an emergency.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access the bridge’s pathway for the duration of the flights. However, it may not be used for stopping and viewing the Blue Angels. The path is a heavily used route for commuters and should be viewed similarly to a roadway. Please use caution if cycling through the area.
The SR 520 floating bridge will remain open to traffic and tolls will be collected as usual.
Places to watch the Blue Angels for freeNote: As of 2018, there is NO FREE FRIDAY admission to Seafair. But there are lots of other places to see the air show, and especially the Blue Angels flying to and fro:
Parks along Lake Washington with good viewpoints, from north of the Seafair boundary at S Massachusetts St, or south of the Seafair entrance at 49th Ave S and Lk Wash Blvd S
- Mt Baker Ridge Viewpoint, 1403 31st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 (map)
- Mount Baker Park Bathing Beach, 2521 Lake Park Dr. S, Seattle, WA 98144 (map). (Note that this option is available only to walk to–no parking–as there is a fenced boundary north of Colman Park at S. Massachusetts Street, though the Seafair entrance is south of Mt. Baker Beach)
- East Portal Viewpoint, 1400 Lake Washington Blvd. S (map)
- Day Street Boat Ramp, 1402 Lakeside Ave. S (map)
- Colman Park, 1800 Lake Washington Blvd. S (map). (Note that this option is available only to walk to–no parking–as there is a fenced boundary north of Colman Park at S. Massachusetts Street, though the Seafair entrance is south of Mt. Baker Beach)
- Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S (map)
- Pritchard Island Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S (map)
Parks on Mercer Island with good viewpoints
- Aubrey Davis Park (formerly Lid Park), 2030 72ND AVE SE, Mercer Island, Washington 98040 (map)
- Groveland Beach Park, 7740 SE 58TH ST, Mercer Island (map)
Slater Park, 2835 60TH AVE SE, Mercer Island(this option is no longer available as the park is closed to the public and used for official business during Seafair)
Other free viewing points around Seattle:
Many people ask whether you can see the Blue Angels from downtown Seattle. The answer is, it depends. You need someplace high with a fairly wide view of the sky. Here are some general recommendations. We have not personally checked these, but the views from these public parks is stunning, without or without jets flying about. You might make a summer project out of it (where will we watch the Blue Angels?) by visiting these locations earlier in the summer. Go during lunch, pack a picnic and bring a camera. You can also wait until Seafair weekend, and plan to visit a different spot each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Beacon Hill: Twelfth Avenue South Viewpoint, 2821 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
- Beacon Hill: Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108. Go to the north end by the skate park.
- West Seattle: Hamilton Viewpoint Park, 1120 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
- West Seattle: Don Armeni Boat Ramp, 1222 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
- West Seattle: Seacrest Park (aka Luna Park), 1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
- West Seattle: Belvedere Park (aka Admiral Viewpoint), 3600 SW Admiral Wy., Seattle, WA 98126
- West Seattle: Jack Block Park, 2310 Harbor Ave SW, Terminal 5, Seattle, WA 98127
- West Seattle: Rotary Viewpoint, 4622 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126
- Capitol Hill: Volunteer Park water tower, 1247 15th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112 (view is obstructed by metal grate and trees, so not the best, and the rest of the park is relaxing and fun)
- Capitol Hill: (Louisa) Boren Park, 1606 15th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112
- First Hill: Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122. The adjacent Yesler Terrace Park is still under construction. But the views south from the patio of the center are stunning.
- Queen Anne Hill: Kerry Park (Franklin Place), 211 W Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98119
- Note: The Seahawks VMAC is NOT open as a viewing spot, though some report (falsely) that it is. If you go there, you will be turned away.
- Downtown Seattle: Smith Tower Observatory, 506 Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104. 35th floor, 360 degrees views. Tickets: $12 with valid Washington State ID, otherwise $19.
- Downtown Seattle: Sky View Observatory, Columbia Center, 700 4th Ave, Floor 73, Seattle WA 98104. 902 feet, 360 degrees views. Tickets: $22.
- Downtown Seattle: Space Needle Observation Deck, 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109. 520 feet, 360 degrees views. Tickets: $29.
- South of downtown Seattle: Museum of Flight (MOF) is the Blue Angels’ headquarters and Seafair’s Boeing Air Show aircraft. Jet Blast Bash is at the launch pad for most of these spectacular performers. The Museum of Flight’s annual Seafair weekend outdoor festival-by-the-flightline. Fast planes, fast cars, music, food and beer with the closest seats in Seattle to the ceremony and thunder of the Blue Angels’ takeoffs and landings. Free offsite parking and free shuttle. METRO Bus #124 makes a stop directly in front of the Museum. Free with museum admission: Adults $25, Senior (65+), Youth (5-17) $16, Child (0-4) free. Discounted tickets are available to active military & veterans, Boeing employees, AAA members
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