The Blue Angels are in town, flying over the Seattle area. Here’s what you need to know about traffic closures and practice guidelines. Plus, links to Fleet Week, hydro races and other festivities.
It’s time for the Blue Angels.
The U.S. Navy stunt pilots ripped through the skies over the Seattle area Thursday on two practice runs before their annual appearance in this weekend’s Boeing Seafair Air Show.
They will perform for crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Thousands of people will crowd the Lake Washington shoreline outside of the paid admission area at Seattle’s Genesee Park, 4316 S. Genesee St., to watch.
Admission is free on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s $30 in advance and $35 at the gate; $10 for youth and seniors; ages 5 and younger are free.
Parking in the area is very limited. Seafair suggests taking Sound Transit Link Light Rail. Free shuttle service is offered to and from the Columbia City station.
Arriving by bicycle is encouraged, with half-off admission and secure parking for cyclists.
Other shows of air power include demonstrations of U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue operations, sky divers, the U.S. Air Force A-10 and U.S. Army helicopters.
Seward Park, near the event, is closed for the Blue Angels’ performances.
The Interstate 90 floating bridge will also be closed during practices and performances.
The closures aim to keep drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and pilots safe from distractions, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.