Saw this first over on West Seattle Blog: The Blue Angels have been grounded for the rest of 2013 due to federal budget cuts, which means Seattle's Seafair will not host the naval stunt squadron this summer. Seafair's six-ship Patriots Jet Team will now take the lead spot in the air show (woo).
This bummer of a news bulletin comes on the heels of the announcement that Seattle couldn't raise enough money to put on its Fourth of July fireworks display over Gas Works Park. But there's hope: Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that Seafair and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce are working to find a way to light up our skies again.
“A fireworks show on the Fourth of July is a civic tradition," Mayor McGinn said in a statement. "I, like many Seattle residents, was disappointed to learn last week that there would not be fireworks this year at Gas Works Park. That’s why I am delighted to announce that we are working with Seafair and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to craft a new and sustainable plan for Fourth of July fireworks in Seattle. I am optimistic that we will indeed have fireworks this year in our city. I thank Seafair and the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to Seattle and for their leadership. We will announce more details soon.”
Until then, follow the progress of another Seattle summer tradition, the Red White and Dead Zombie Walk, which also faces budget constraints and requires...a rebirth. Groan.
Updated 4/10/13. The zombie walk is back on! Save the date, says organizer Ryan Reiter: July 6, Seattle Center, free admission.