This Friday, July 4th, will see every transit agency in the region running on a holiday schedule, which in most cases means their Sunday schedule.
Metro, ST Express, Pierce Transit, and Everett Transit buses will be running on their Sunday schedule. Both Central Link and Tacoma Link will also be running on their Sunday schedule. For bus routes, you are advised to check for re-routes.
Tacoma Link will only be running every 24 minutes, and shut down approximately 6 p.m. The last southbound Central Link train leaves Westlake Station at 11:50 p.m., as is customary on Sundays, but will continue all the way to Seatac Airport Station.
Community Transit and Kitsap Transit buses will not be running. Sounder trains and the Vashon Foot Ferry will also not be running.
Some added evening service is planned for the South Lake Union Streetcar before and after the fireworks show. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., service is scheduled every 15 minutes. From about 7:30 p.m. until about fireworks show time at 10:15 p.m., the streetcar will operate every 10-15 minutes, with service stopping temporarily during the fireworks show to better position streetcars at South Lake Union Park to carry passengers exiting the event. After the fireworks show, southbound streetcars will only travel non-stop to the Westlake hub, and return non-stop to South Lake Union to pick up additional customers exiting the event. Service will conclude by midnight.
The West Seattle Water Taxi will be operating on an extended Sunday schedule. The last departure from Pier 50 on the Seattle waterfront will be at 10:30 p.m. and the last departure from Seacrest Park in West Seattle will be at 11 p.m. The free West Seattle shuttles – Routes 773 and 775 – will operate on a normal Sunday schedule.
Washington State Ferries has a route-by-route breakdown of service changes and advice on when to travel.
There will be fireworks shows all over the region, but none larger than the aforementioned Lake Union show, with festivities going on all day at Gas Works Park and South Lake Union Park. Arrive very early if you want to find space at either park, but crowds tend to ring the lake from all public viewpoints well before 10 p.m., and the buses are always very slow getting through the crowds afterward. So, don’t depend on making a connection.