New Year’s at the Space Needle is just hours away
Pyro Spectaculars setting up the show
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times
It’s New Year’s Eve and that means the crew setting up the fireworks display at the Space Needle should be ready to see their work pay off. The New Year’s at the Needle show begins at 11:59pm tonight and will run 8 minutes, with the pyrotechnics set to a musical selection curated by KEXP.
You can catch the show from various Queen Anne viewpoints or you can join the crowds at the Seattle Center. If you choose the latter, expect to be one of about 16,000 people expected at the Space Needle.
Photo courtesy of KEXP
Prior to the fireworks, you can enjoy a free concert by THE NINES at the Seattle Center Armory’s Center Stage. They’ll be performing from 8pm til 11:45pm, and their repertoire includes hits from a variety of genres – The Beatles, Prince, and KC and the Sunshine Band are all on their playlist.
Streets around the Space Needle will be closed starting at 11:30pm, reopening 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. Affected streets include 5th Ave N between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way.
The street closures, festivities, and crowds add up to a good reason to walk if you’re around Lower Queen Anne tonight.
Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle brings fireworks, crowds, and street closures
Photo courtesy of The Space Needle
Happy New Year! The clock is ticking down to 2014, and the preparations for fireworks off the Space Needle are underway. A heads up – secure you Lower Queen Anne/Uptown parking spot tomorrow (Wednesday) early in the day, or you may lose it for the night.
Curb-side parking is free on New Year’s Day, and the city is advising drivers “who indulge in too many holiday spirits” on New Year’s Eve to leave their car on the street and take a cab or public transit home. They can return for their car the next morning when parking is free (assuming they’re paid up for the 31st and legally parked).
The city expects 15,000 people for the Space Needle fireworks, and it’ll be closing the following streets from 11:30 until 45 minutes after the 7-minute firework display to end, to allow for crowds to dissipate:
- 5th Ave N between Mercer St and Denny Way
- Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way
Find a good viewpoint on Queen Anne for the fireworks, and Happy New Year!
Celebrate the New Year at Targy’s and help raise funds for Finn
Targy’s Tavern is ringing in the New Year with a triple-threat of DJs to help fuel a fundraiser for a good cause. Join them on New Year’s Eve for Targy’s Bumpin’ & Thumpin’ New Year’s Eve Ball to celebrate and help out Finn, a 3 year old boy with leukemia.
If you were psyched about the 80s Dance Party that Targy’s hosted in the summer, then plan on attending this one too! The same three DJs that spun tunes for the 80s party are back at it again, this time celebrating the changing of the calendar and looking back at music’s past.
In addition to the music, there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight to celebrate the New Year. Plus, Targy’s will be raising money for a good cause – helping out 3-year old Finn and his family in their battle against leukemia.
Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne, New Year’s Edition
Another holiday is just days away, bringing both closures and festivities to ring in the New Year. For special New Year’s Eve gastronomic celebrations, be sure to book your reservations at local Queen Anne restaurants asap – Betty, Book Bindery, Crow, How to Cook a Wolf, LloydMartin, The Melting Pot, Ponti Seafood Grill, Ten Mercer, Toulouse Petit all have special New Year’s Eve menus. Contact us if there are others that we’ve missed!
Here are the closures and events for the holiday week:
- Seattle Public Library – closes at 6pm Monday, Dec 31; closed on Tuesday, Jan 1
- City of Seattle – offices closed Tuesday, Jan 1
- Free Parking Days – Tuesday, Jan 1 is a Free Parking day in Seattle
- Garbage & Recycling – no collection on Tuesday, Jan 1, if your pickup day is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, collections will be one day later
- Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 30, Jan 2 and 3; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 30, Jan 2 and 3
Friday, December 28
Saturday, December 29
- Canoe Steaming Ceremony, Lake Union Park, 5:30am-5:30pm, FREE
- MOHAI Public Grand Opening, SLU, 10am-8pm, FREE with reservation (note: all tickets have been reserved, but a limited number of walk-up tickets will be available every half hour)
- Gates Foundation Give Effect Visitor Center Family Day, 10:30am-3:30pm FREE
Sunday, December 30
- MOHAI Grand Opening Continues, SLU, 10am-8pm Paid Tickets only
- Seahawks vs. Rams, CenturyLink Field, 1:25pm
Monday, December 31 (aka New Year’s Eve)
- New Year’s Around the Globe, Seattle Children’s Museum, 10am-5pm
- Indulgence New Year’s Eve Bash, EMP, 21+ only, 8pm
- Winterfest New Year’s Eve with The Rhythm Nation, Seattle Center Armory, 8:15pm, FREE
- New Year’s at the Needle, Seattle Center, 11:30pm, FREE
Tuesday, January 1
- Polar Bear Plunge, Matthews Beach, registration at 11am, plunge at noon
- Polar Bear Plunge, Golden Gardens, 11am
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