Seattle Holidays

List of Holidays in Seattle, WA


Overview of Holidays in Seattle

Seattle is a city rich in diverse cultures and traditions, and as such, it celebrates a wide range of holidays and festivals throughout the year. Here’s a brief overview of some of the notable holidays and events:


  1. New Year’s Eve: Like many cities, Seattle rings in the New Year with fireworks and festivities. The most popular is the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle.
  2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Seattle celebrates this federal holiday with various events, including an annual march and rally that begins at Garfield High School.
  3. Lunar New Year: Seattle’s International District, including Chinatown, holds a big celebration for Lunar New Year, which includes dragon and lion dances, martial arts performances, and traditional food.
  4. St. Patrick’s Day: Seattle hosts a large St. Patrick’s Day parade, and many of the local bars and restaurants celebrate with traditional Irish food and music.
  5. Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival: This festival celebrates the arrival of spring and cherry blossoms. It showcases traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with performances, arts and crafts, and food.
  6. Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF): Held annually in May-June, it’s one of the largest and most highly attended film festivals in the United States.
  7. Seattle Pride: Celebrated in June, Seattle’s Pride festivities are some of the largest in the country, featuring a parade, parties, and other events in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
  8. Seafair: A month-long summer festival typically held in July. It includes a fleet of Navy and Coast Guard ships, an air show with the Blue Angels, parades, fireworks, and the famous Seafair Cup hydroplane races.
  9. Bumbershoot: Held over Labor Day weekend, Bumbershoot is one of the largest music and arts festivals in the U.S. It spans multiple genres and art forms, including music, film, comedy, and more.
  10. Thanksgiving and Black Friday: Seattle celebrates Thanksgiving with a variety of events, including a holiday parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree and star at Westlake Center. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
  11. Christmas Ship Festival: A beloved holiday tradition where a parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights sail to different waterfront communities around Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
  12. New Year’s at the Needle: The city rings in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display at the iconic Space Needle.

These are just a few of the many holidays and events celebrated in Seattle. There are many other cultural, music, and art festivals throughout the year that reflect the city’s diverse community.