Traffic has been light this week due to the winter holidays, but there are a couple of events in downtown Seattle to keep in mind. A march is planned for tomorrow afternoon (Friday) starting at the downtown Seattle Public Library. Also, the Space Needle will attract crowds for its annual New Year’s display of fireworks on Saturday night. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to be alert for people in the street areas who might not act as safely as they should as they celebrate the beginning of 2012. Here are the details:
Friday, December 30:
Congolese Demonstration: Up to 150 participants are expected at this event. The march will begin at 1 p.m. starting in front of the Seattle Public Library at Fourth Avenue and Madison Street, proceed north on Fourth Avenue to Spring Street, head east on Spring to Fifth Avenue, then south on Fifth to Jefferson Street, west on Jefferson to Third Avenue, north on Third to Spring Street, and east on Spring to Fourth Avenue. Police Officers will escort the march.
Saturday, December 31:
New Year’s at the Needle: An estimated 10,000 people will gather around the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve to see the fireworks that will start at midnight and will last approximately seven minutes. Drivers can expect congestion earlier as people come early to find a space near the needle with a good view. Seattle Police Officers will close Fifth Avenue and also Broad Street near the Space Needle at approximately 11:30 p.m. and these streets will remain closed for approximately 45 minutes after the end of the fireworks while the crown disperses. The closures will be on Fifth Avenue North between Mercer and Broad streets and on Broad Street between Fifth Avenue North and Denny Way.