Seattle’s first Flag Day Festival is June 14, at Seattle City Hall, and Maple Valley Days, are June 12-14, at Lake Wilderness Park.
Flag Day, established in 1916 to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, has its first festival in Seattle on Sunday, June 14, celebrating citizenship and civic life.
Seattle CityClub, Citizen University and the city of Seattle host the event with a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and “sworn again” oath-taking for current citizens. There also will be food, music, and information on how to get involved in Seattle’s civic life and make a difference in our community.
The new event welcomes the first 100 people to arrive Sunday with parking validation at SeaPark garage at Sixth Avenue and James Street or a $5 ORCA card.
Flag Day Festival
Time: Open 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14, program 11:15 a.m. followed by festival.
Location: City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Fourth Avenue and Cherry Street, Seattle
Maple Valley Days
Time: 3 to 8 p.m. Friday (carnival until 10 p.m.), noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12-14; Arts Festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Location: Lake Wilderness Park, 23601 224th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley; parking and shuttle buses from Lake Wilderness School, 24216 Witte Road S.E., Maple Valley.
Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday, on Witte Road from 240th Street to Maple Valley Community Center, then onto Southeast 248th Street to Lake Wilderness Park.
Festival fun fills Maple Valley Days with entertainment, vendors and a carnival at scenic Lake Wilderness Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The annual festival in Southeast King County, founded in 1950 to celebrate a community-fundraising project to buy the area’s first fire engine, now draws up to 15,000 visitors each year.
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Special events include a parade with floats, drill teams and marching bands Saturday, radio-controlled hydros racing Saturday and Sunday and classic-car show and lawnmower races Saturday. Maple Valley Arts Festival at Lake Wilderness Lodge hosts a juried art show, musical performances and art demonstrations Saturday and Sunday.
Parking is very limited at Lake Wilderness Park. Parking and shuttle buses to the festival are available from Lake Wilderness Elementary School. Maple Valley is also accessible by bicycle via the Cedar River and Green-To-Cedar Rivers trails.