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July 1, 2014

What’s happening in July

Independence Day

July 4 is Independence Day in the United States. Americans often just say “the Fourth of July.” On this day in 1776, the 13 American colonies declared independence from Great Britain. July 4 is a national holiday. Families gather outdoors. They have picnics. Decorations are red, white, and blue in honor of the American flag. In the evening, people gather to watch fireworks. Americans enjoy celebrating the birthday of their country, the United States.



July 10 (in North America) begins Ramadan, a holy time for Muslims, in the United States. Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. (The Islamic calendar is based on the moon, and days begin at sunset, not sunrise.) Ramadan lasts one month. Most Muslims fast (do not eat or drink) in the daylight hours. Muslims also pray and give help to poor people. Many read the Qur’an (the Islamic holy book) during this time.


Seafair Torchlight Parade

July 26 is the Seafair Torchlight Parade. It begins with a fun run (5 and 8K) at 6:30 p.m. along the parade route in downtown Seattle. At 7:30 p.m. the parade begins. People can buy tickets to sit in special seats, but most people bring their own chairs and sit or stand on the sidewalks to see the beautiful floats, big helium balloons, clowns, marching bands, horses and riders, fancy cars, and the crazy Seafair pirates with their loud cannon. Participants in the parade often throw candy to children, and everybody always hopes that it won’t rain on this special parade. The parade is 64 years old.



July 28 (in North America) is Eid-al-Fitr for Muslims. It is the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It is also the end of Ramadan. Muslims no longer have to fast. Instead they feast and praise and thank God. Eid-al-Fitr is a time of joy and people exchange gifts and cards.


What’s happening in August

Seafair Weekend

August 1 to August 3 is Seafair Weekend. Hydroplanes race in the Albert Lee Cup around Lake Washington over this weekend. The noise of the engines can be heard all over the region. The activities of the race draw thousands of people to Genesee Park on Lake Washington to watch the boats compete. This is the 64rd time the races have been held.

The Navy Blue Angels will also be flying their precision formations over Lake Washington this weekend as part of Seafair. Last year the Patriots Jet Team flew in place of the Angels, but this year the familiar and beloved Angels are back. The Blue Angels fly F/A-18 Hornets. The airshow is always thrilling for spectators. Over the weekend, the I-90 bride is closed several times to allow the pilots to fly the planes. The Washington Department of Transportation posts information about closures.


National Aviation Day

August 19 is National Aviation Day in the U.S. This day honors the history and development of aviation. It is also the birthday of Orville Wright. Orville along with his brother Wilbur were pioneers of flight. Other pioneers of flight, such as Amelia Earhart are also remembered. National Aviation Day is not a federal holiday, but it is a federal observance. People who are interested in aviation often go to museums about aviation history and technology. In the Seattle area, the Boeing Museum of Flight offers a great collection of aircraft and many educational opportunities.

Published July 2014

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