Seafair Weekend brings the Blue Angels back to Puget Sound to perform in the Boeing Seafair Air Show. These performances are widely anticipated by kids and adults alike, and we’ve got a great view of them right here on Mercer Island.
Here are the details you need to know:
Blue Angels Practice & Show 2017 Schedule
- Thursday, August 3: 9:45 am – 12:15 pm; 1 – 2:40 pm (practices)
- Friday, August 4: 12:55 – 2:40 pm (Seafair Air Show)
- Saturday, August 5: 12:55 – 2:40 pm (Seafair Air Show)
- Sunday, August 6: 12:55 – 2:40 pm (Seafair Air Show)
Note: According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes, between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island, during practice and show times.
Where to watch the Blue Angels perform
The best places to watch are vantage points from the north end of Mercer Island.
The I-90 Floating Bridge
Every year, there’s a big party right on the floating bridge where people gather to watch the Blue Angels fly overhead. To get onto the bridge, simply walk right onto the bridge via the West Mercer Way on/off ramps (after they have been closed to vehicle traffic). This is great fun for kids on bikes, tricycles, and scooters.
Aubrey Davis Park, also known as “The Lid”
72nd Ave SE & SE 22nd St
The Lid is an expansive park built on top of I-90 to protect the neighborhood from freeway disturbances. The “I-90 Trail” also runs through The Lid, which you can follow down to the I-90 Bridge, where you can also get a great view of the air show performances.
Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave SE
Luther Burbank is another large north-end park where you’ll find plenty of space to put down a picnic blanket and enjoy the airshow. You might also watch from the Luther Burbank Park beach, a short walk from the South parking lot.
60th Ave SE Landings
Though parking may be limited, there are several small parks (also called “landings”) along 60th Ave SE that provide great vantage points for the show. These spots include Slater Park, Calkins Landing, Proctor Landing, and Garfield Landing.
Do you have a favorite place to watch the show from Mercer Island? Feel free to share in the comments.
For information on I-90 and ramp closures during Seafair, visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/northwest/king/seafair/