The non-profit festival was founded in 1950 to attract tourists to Seattle and promote marine events to enhance Seattle’s reputation as the Boating Capital of the World. It started as a plan to celebrate Seattle’s centennial in 1951-52. The Seattle area at the time did not have major league sports teams in search of national recognition and attention, Sea fair was designed to attract tourists and showcase marine events in keeping with Seattle’s boast as the “boating capital of the world.”
That first Sea fair featured parades, boat races on Green Lake, amateur athletic events, royalty, and a number of community festivals. As it enters its 68th year, Sea fair is a ten-week long festival featuring nearly 75 sanctioned events that reach more than two-million people. It’s about building community, creating memories, and providing affordable fun. The festival remains the fabric of our community and is made possible with the help of nearly 3,000 volunteers.
I had the privilege to attend the 2016 Sea Fair, it was a great opportunity be with the community, combined with the National Navy Shipping on our waters the event was more prestigious than ever. I had the privilege to witness as Navy Officers receive their American citizenship. This year’s Sea Fair was one to be remembered for, it is one of Seattle’s greatest pride and brings in tourists from all over the world.