Head to the heart of Belltown this weekend for an open house and fun all-ages event on Saturday, July 8th. The Seattle Fire Festival will take place in Bell Street Park between 5th and 3rd Avenue, and Station 2 will have an open house from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be antique and modern fire equipment, skilled demonstrations, a meet-and-greet with children’s author TJ Spencer (a real firefighter), education about the Great Seattle Fire, and more.
Smokey Bear will be there for kiddos to take pictures! Plus, your little ones can get excited about firefighters by enjoying fun themed activities such as trying on real gear that firefighters use and wear, learning to tie a knot or wear a rope belt like a fire recruit, and even simulate putting out a fire using an old-fashioned pump can ‘fire extinguisher’. There will also be a fire-themed bouncy house to play in.
Fire Cadets and Fire Explorers from around the region will also be at the event to share their experiences and answer questions.
The Seattle Fire Festival is put on by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Page Olson, a member of The Last Resort Fire Department. The festival used to be known as the Pioneer Square Fire Festival, and has been a community celebration almost every year since 1971. Last year, it was renamed the Seattle Fire Festival and moved from Pioneer Square to Belltown.
According to Seattle Parkways, “The first Fire Festival was held in June of 1890 to celebrate the first anniversary of the fire, the rise from the ashes of the new commercial district, and the resilient spirit of the Seattle residents.”
This event is free and all ages are welcome!