Join more than 50,000 people ringing in the New Year at the base of the world-famous Seattle Space Needle, located on the grounds of Seattle Center, just off Broad Street between 4th and 5th Avenues. The big public fireworks display boasts more than 2,000 pyrotechnic effects, one of the biggest and most spectacular displays anywhere in the United States. When the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks shoot up the landmark tower, seeming to burst out the top 600-feet above the city. Note: Parties on the Observation Deck and SkyCity Restaurant sell out months in advance. If you want to go next year, save your pennies–lots and lots of them–and plan to book before Halloween.
The midnight fireworks at the Needle dominate the Seattle skies and can be seen for miles around. Here’s a sample of some of the best outdoors viewing points, where you can see the fireworks for free (or cheap). Most are well-known locations and can be very crowded. So, plan to park to get there early and park a few blocks away if you want to avoid sitting in traffic when you head home.
Note: NYE December 31, 2019 fireworks may be cancelled due to predicted gusty winds of 45PMPH. The decision will be made just before midnight. But the laser light show will go on either way. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind advisory for the Seattle area that is in effect from 10am December 31, 2019 through 4 AM January 1, 2020. More weather info at the National Weather Service.
- On the grounds of Seattle Center (PDF map). Before the fireworks, you can enjoy the New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Seattle Center Armory with a live dance band from 8pm – 11:45pm. Yes, it’s FREE.
- Ride the Washington State Ferry from Seattle to Bremerton Ferry at 10:30 for a 120 minutes round trip or the Seattle to Bainbridge Island at 11:15pm for the 70 minute round-trip. Passenger only fare is $8.65.
- Kerry Park (aka Franklin Place) on Queen Anne Hill.
- Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill east of downtown Seattle. Near the entrance to Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Black Sun sculpture by Isamu Noguchi.
- Gasworks Park on the north end of Lake Union.
- Lake Union Park at South Lake Union north of downtown Seattle.
- Hamilton Viewpoint Park and Don Armeni boat ramp along Harbor Ave SW along the eastern West Seattle waterfront.
- Belvedere Park in West Seattle.
- Seacrest Park in West Seattle.