July 8

Locks Centennial Boat Parade is Sunday

History, Local News


The Ballard (aka Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks turned 100 years old on July 4th. To celebrate a century of making our waterways more accessible to boat traffic, what better than a boat parade?

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 9th, find a spot along the Ship Canal to watch the parade of boats. The parade starts at 10am and runs until 2pm. Here’s the route for the parade:

And, so you’re in the know, here are some Locks facts, from the Ballard Locks website:

– 100 years ago, The Locks and Ship Canal were built by Seattle and the Corps of Engineers as a commercial navigation route to develop the City of Seattle.  

– Today the Ballard Locks are the Nation’s busiest with over 40,000 vessels/yr.

– Boats ‘lock thru’  24 hours/day, except during maintenance.

– A significant salmon migration passes through the Locks that can total over 100,000 salmon.

– The Locks are a Seattle Icon, National Historic Site and a top tourist site attracting over 1.3 million visitors/yr.

– The Grounds are open from 7:00am to 9:00pm, 365 days a year.

Happy Birthday & Happy 100 Years to the Ballard Locks!


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