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July 1, 2015

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 4th 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 18 (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.


Seafair Torchlight Parade

July 25 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 65 years old.

What’s happening in August

Seafair Weekend

July 31 to August 2 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 65th 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. The Blue Angels fly F/A-18 Hornets. The airshow is always thrilling for spectators. Over the weekend, the I-90 bridge 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 2015

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