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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July! 

City of Seattle offices are closed on Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. Street parking is free in Seattle for the 4th of July holiday.

Tens of thousands of people will gather around the shores of Lake Union Tuesday night to watch the annual 4th of July fireworks show.

Whether you’re traveling by foot, car, bike, or scooter it’s important to watch out for others when traveling. Here are a few safety tips to ensure that your 4th of July is safe:

Allow Plenty of Time to Reach Your Destination

Plan your trip and be sure to allow enough time to get where you’re going. Speeding will most likely cause trouble on our streets. Remember, thousands of people will be out and about. So please slow down and enjoy the summer scenery!

Plan Ahead if You Plan to Drink

Help keep our streets safe by not driving while under the influence of alcohol, which remains the single biggest contributing factor to traffic fatalities, nor driving while under the influence of marijuana. If your plans include partaking, be sure to make your transportation plans before you have that first adult beverage. Take a cab/car service or a bus, choose a designated driver, or sleep it off at a friend’s house. Just don’t get behind the wheel.

Focus on the Road

Your phone will be notifying you all day long as you coordinate with friends and post your selfies to social media. Whether you’re driving, walking, or biking, we recommend that you focus on the road instead of other things. Remember, people will be absolutely everywhere this weekend. Make sure you look out for others. Vision Zero is our plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Stop for Pedestrians

The weather has been great and people will be out and about, everywhere. As drivers, always be watchful, courteous, and remember to stop for pedestrians.

Have a Safe and Fun 4th of July!