Best Places To See Fireworks In Seattle

Best places to see fireworks in Seattle
Best places to see fireworks in Seattle. Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

New Year’s Eve is coming up. You might want to watch fireworks live instead of on TV. Perhaps you don’t want to go to crowded places. Or worry about the long wait getting out of the parking lot. It’ll be great if you have a friend who lives in a strategic spot with great view of the fireworks. But if you don’t, here are some of the best places to see fireworks in Seattle.

In this article, I won’t talk about the major firework attractions such as Space Needle and Gas Work Park. I am going to focus on those places that not many people know about. This does not include Kerry Park because it’s already been discovered, alas! But this would be a great spot to watch the fireworks.

Lesser known places to watch fireworks

Tim Lewis from Seattle Bloggers have great recommendations on the best views of Seattle. Although his recommendations is for sunny days, there’s no reason why New Year’s Eve wouldn’t offer a spectacular view of the fireworks, hopefully away from the crowds.

Ward Street and Warren Ave. N.

This “viewpoint” is actually the top of a staircase between the two streets. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Kerry Park. There’s a beautiful view of the Space Needle and the Seattle Skyline.

West Seattle

There’s a reason why the movie Sleepless in Seattle picked the view from West Seattle as backdrop for that scene when Meg Ryan watched Tom Hanks play with his son on Alki Beach. Unobstructed skyline. Stop by Seacrest Park as well on 1660 Harbor Ave. SW and compare the view. Actually anywhere along Harbor Ave. would be a great location to watch the fireworks.

Dr. Jose Rizal Park

If you live around Beacon Hill, this would be an excellent place to watch the fireworks. Dr. Jose Rizal Park is on 1008 – 12th Ave. S. overlooking downtown Seattle, Safeco Field, Century Link Field, Elliott Bay, the Great Wheel. You can walk across Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge and see which viewpoint you enjoy the most.

Ward Springs Park

This playground is on the corner of 4th Ave. N. and Ward St in Lower Queen Anne. It has a great view of the Space Needle and downtown Seattle. This park is not big, but children may enjoy the poles, slide, tire swing, and a sandbox. The historic brick pump house at one time brought water to Queen Anne. Every drop of it.

So, here you are. Four places to watch fireworks that are away from the crowds, hopefully. If you discover more on your way to watch the fireworks, would you please send me an email so I can add them to my list? Write to

If you find this blog helpful, here is another one on Things to do between Christmas and New Year in Seattle.

And just a bit off topic…in case you want to find bargains not just this time of year, but all year round, here is an article on Where to find bargains in Seattle year round.

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