Boating on either Lake Washington or Union to watch fireworks on July 4th

Discussion in 'West Coast' started by searaypuget, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. searaypuget

    searaypuget Member

    71
    May 21, 2017
    Seattle
    2008 Sundancer 280
    496 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Hi Seattle folks
    I've never been on water on the 4th of July to watch fireworks. Will it be really crowded?
    Given fireworks start pretty late and I am not someone who can navigate in dark, what are some good suggestions?
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

    153
    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    I did the Lake Union thing about 4 years ago. We had to get out there pretty early to get a good spot with our club, and the SPD/USCG limited rafting of boats to 5 or 6 max. They broke up rafts that were any larger than that. The fireworks started around 10pm and were over by 11. As soon as they were over, there's a HUGE parade of boats that leave. I stayed put - they allow you to anchor there overnight but will kick you out by 7am the next day. That is the only night they allow overnight anchoring in Lk Union. I highly recommend staying there, it's just too crazy otherwise. The fireworks show is good, though if you are rafted with, or even just close to, another boat that is taller than you, if the wind swings you so you are behind them, you won't have much of a view. That's what happened with us.

    I've not done a Lake Washington trip, I have done Roche Harbor and this year am in Kingston.
    Kevin
     
  3. searaypuget

    searaypuget Member

    71
    May 21, 2017
    Seattle
    2008 Sundancer 280
    496 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Thanks Kevin for the info. I would try to venture out to the sound this summer. Perhaps I should just stay around the marina tomorrow. I don't like to be surrounded by tons of boats.
     

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