What’s more ‘America’s way of celebrating summer as military warships soaring through the sky? The Blue Angels return to Seafair for the first time since 2019, racing across Lake Washington and Seattle for impressive synchronized maneuvers. They’re the most iconic – and loudest – part of the Seafair celebrations.
This year, the new, larger and faster Boeing F/A 18 Super Hornet jets will also be available to wow the crowds and burst eardrums. Here’s some info on what to expect from a high-flying Seafair weekend.
The flight plan of the Blue Angels
The air shows take place from August 5th to 7th, with the Blue Angels taking to the skies from 3pm to 4pm. Check out the full show schedule (including performances by the US Army Golden Knights, Coast Guard and Air Force) on the Seafair website.
Can’t do the actual show? Practice flights will take place on Thursday, August 4th at the following times:
- 11:00-12:00: #1-4 practice flight
- 12:00-14:20: #5-6 practice flight
- 14:20-15:20: #1-6 practice flight
- 15:20-15:30 Fat Albert Practice Flight (US Navy C-130J Hercules)
Where the Blue Angels will fly
After taking off from Boeing Field, the jets will fly over the city, but the main performances take place over Lake Washington.
What you should know about road closures
In short, there will be no major shutdowns. The floating bridge portion of I-90 was formerly decommissioned, but a new flight route established in 2019 moved the show farther southeast across Lake Washington. This is definitely a win for drivers trying to get between Seattle and the Eastside, but unfortunately also a loss for those who watched the show mid-bridge.
Where can you see the Blue Angels for free
Be warned: parking in a prime location is likely to be a nightmare. It’s best to harness the power of traveling without a car, or arrive early to secure a prime spot. Here are a few viewpoints from the Seattle side:
Where you can see the Blue Angels for a fee
- Jet Blast Bash at the Museum of Flight. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Flight Museum is transformed into a boisterous party with beer gardens, food, live music and, of course, the Blue Angels. Admission is included in the admission price ($25).
- Boeing Seafair Airshow at Genesee Park. On Saturday and Sunday, the park welcomes paying guests for a front-row seat on the jets. You’ll also get a great view of the HomeStreet Bank Cup, a series of seaplane races that take place throughout the weekend. An adult day pass costs $35.
- Seafair BBQ Cruise by Waterways Cruises. This five-and-a-half-hour cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington gets you up close and personal with the flight path. Tickets cost $149. Who needs a date with a boat?