July 4, 1917 marked the official opening of the Ballard Locks. On that day the SS Roosevelt passed through the Locks and led a marine parade of commercial and pleasure craft through the Ship Canal to Lake Union and Lake Washington.
On July 9, 2017, we will commemorate this historic event by re-creating that parade. The historic schooner Adventuress will pass through the locks and lead a marine parade of historic vessels from Salmon Bay into Lake Union as far as Lake Union Park.
10:00 a.m. Activities begin at 10 a.m., leading up to the Adventuress transiting the Locks west to east. The Adventuress, standing in for the SS Roosevelt – the first large ocean-going vessel to transit the Locks west to east – will enter the large lock at approximately 10:15 am.
11:00 a.m. As the Adventuress enters the Ship Canal at the east end of the Locks passage, she will be joined by vessels of all types and sizes, including two – Glory Be and Keewaydin (the former Honey Boy) – that were in the first Locks boat parade. There will be an estimated 50 registered boats in the parade.
12:00 p.m. The parade will end at South Lake Union at approximately noon, where the Adventuress will be moored at the north wall at Lake Union Park. There will be docent historians and printed information at several official viewing spots.
New parade information will be announced via the Facebook event page: Facebook event page
Look for members of the Ballard Historical Society creating a living diorama at the Ballard Locks from 10:00 – 2:00 on parade day! Members will be in costumes that might have been worn 100 years ago.
Suggested viewing spots for the parade are as follows:
11th Ave NW Street-end park (on the Ballard side of the Ship Canal)
Roanoke St. Mini-Park, 1 E. Roanoke St., peek-a-boo view of Lake Union
Lynn St. Mini-Park, 2291 Fairview Ave E; view of Lake Union between the houseboats
Lake Union Park, south end of Lake Union
Evanston Avenue (one block west of Fremont Ave)
Along the Fremont Cut between the area under the Aurora Bridge west to 2nd NW
Burke-Gilman Trail (various spots); roaming docents
In front of 2 Nickerson on the canal
The Ballard Bridge approaches
Note that Gasworks Park will be closed for a private event (See Jane Run Marathon).
On-street parking is available near most of these locations but we strongly recommend arriving on foot, by public transportation or by bicycle. Most marinas with a view of the Ship Canal or Lake Union have locked gates with entry available only to their tenants, we ask you please respect those.
These events are free and open to the public, all ages welcome.
For more information contact LWSCanal@gmail.com