In an announcement that should end all fireworks announcements for at least the next three years, Seattle city leaders said today the 2013 show will light the skies over Lake Union as usual July 4. Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seafair raised enough money to ensure the show is safe for at least three years, and likely more, said Chamber President Maud Daudon.
Seattle’s fireworks show has faced an annual funding crisis for the past several years, since Chase Bank stopped sponsoring the show in 2010. Earlier this month, producer One Reel announced it hadn’t raised enough money, and so began the annual scramble to save the show and accompanying Gas Works Park party.
Seafair agreed to add the fireworks to its three-week summer festival. Microsoft, Amazon and DoubleDown Interactive will be the “presenting sponsors” of the show, and other major sponsors include Starbucks, Wells Fargo and Tom Douglas Restaurants. KIRO 7 will broadcast the show, and the community can contribute.
“I love the fireworks. My family loves the fireworks,” McGinn said at a news conference this morning, recounting how his family, like thousands of others in the region, plots Independence Day plans far in advance, planning where to watch and who to spend the evening with.
The 20-minute show will be a little different — “artistic and patriotic” instead of just “artistic,” said Seafair CEO Beth Knox — but comparable in quality. Knox would not say how much it cost, except that it is less than the $500,000 One Reel was trying to raise.