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Where to watch fireworks this Fourth of July

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
June 30, 2017

The Fourth of July is less than a week away. Whether you’re warming up the barbecue, soaking up sun by a lake, throwing a party or just enjoying time with family, there are so many fun ways to celebrate the holiday.

At Goodwill we are celebrating our with a special Fourth of July sale. All clothing and furniture with blue, green, pink, red and black tags will be 50 percent off. Store hours are 9 am-5 pm, and the sale excludes our Seattle and Everett outlets.

After your Goodwill trip, you’ll have plenty of time to find one of the many fireworks displays across the Puget Sound. Below is a list of where to find them throughout our region.

King County

Seattle: Seattle’s major fireworks display can be seen from several places throughout the city. Seafair Summer 4th at Gas Works Park is an all day celebration lasting from noon-11 pm with the fireworks show starting at 10:20 pm There will be food vendors, exhibits, beer and beverage gardens, entertainment and All-American games and contests for all ages.

Eastside: The Bellevue Family 4th is the largest Independence Day celebration on the Eastside. It takes place 2-10:30 pm at the newly-renovated Bellevue Downtown Park. Entertainment includes a family fun zone, live music, food court, fireworks and a performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

The Kirkland 4th of July Celebration begins at 11:30 am with a children’s walking parade that is followed by a “With Liberty and Justice for All” parade at noon. There will be food and vendors from 1-10:30 pm at Marina Park. Music starts at 5 p.m., and the day concludes with a fireworks show at 10:15 pm. 

South: Renton’s Fabulous Fourth of July is an all-day event at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. From noon-8 pm a free KidZone will be open that includes inflatables and face painting. On-stage entertainment is from 12:30-9:30 pm, a sand volleyball tournament is from 9am-5pm and the fireworks show begins at 10 pm. 

Kent’s Fourth of July Splash is noon-10:30 pm at Lake Meridian Park. There will be a festive lineup of music and entertainment including bouncy houses, food booths, juggling and pie-eating contests. The fireworks finale starts at 10 pm. 

Des Moines is hosting a Fireworks Over Des Moines celebration from noon-10:20 pm at the Des Moines Marina. There will be a kid’s carnival, food vendors, beer and wine garden, live music and a fireworks show starting at 10:20 pm. 

Kitsap County

The Grand Old Fourth Celebration on Bainbridge is celebrating its 50th year and begins at 7 am with a pancake breakfast at the Town & County parking lot. Starting at 9 am events include a street fair with kid’s games, crafts, food vendors, and live music, there’s a family fun run, a classic car show, beer and wine garden, parade at 1 pm and a fireworks show over Eagle Harbor at dusk. 

Snohomish County

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth kicks off with a 5K and 1K running event at 10 am, which is followed by a children’s parade at 11:30 am and a main parade at noon. There will be food vendors and evening entertainment starting at 6 pm at Civic Stadium, a beard and mustache contest and a fireworks display at 10 pm. 

The Everett Colors of Freedom Festival beings with the Colors of Freedom Parade at 11 am. The Colors of Freedom Festival is from 1-11pm at Legion Park where there will be kid’s activities, a food fair, beer garden, live music and fireworks. The Thunder of the Bay Fireworks show starts at 10:20 pm at Port Gardner Bay, but there is viewing at Legion Park. There is no parking at the festival, but a free shuttle will be transporting people throughout day back-and-forth from the park and Everett Community College. 

Skagit County

Mount Vernon’s Fabulous 4th of July starts at 7 pm at Edgewater Park. There will be food and live music complete with a fireworks show at night fall. 

Anacortes is hosting a Fourth of July celebration from 10 am-11 pm. There is a parade at 11 am, a patriotic program at Causland Park and a fireworks show over Fidalgo Bay at dusk. 

Whatcom County

Bellingham’s Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration is from 9 am to 10:30 pm at Zuanich Point Park. The celebration includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, children’s games, live music, a beer garden and vendor booths. A fireworks display is scheduled for 10:30 pm. 

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Adopt a pet at Goodwill this summer!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
June 5, 2017

Seattle Humane MaxMobile is coming to GoodwillYou can find toys, food and water dishes, leashes, and plenty of other pet accessories at any of our twenty-four stores—and this summer at some of our locations, you can find a pet, too! We’re partnering with Seattle Humane to host their MaxMobile so you can adopt a new best friend.

Check out Seattle Humane’s website to get any details you need to be prepared to adopt on-the-spot, and make plans to swing by one of the pet adoption events this summer:

Adopt a pet! Goodwill will be hosting Seattle Humane's MaxMobile

Goodwill Juanita
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Goodwill Seattle – Flagship
Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goodwill Shoreline
Friday, August 25, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If you adopt a new furry friend on one of these days, we’d love to see it! Share it with us by tagging @SeattleGoodwill and #MaxMobile on your favorite social media channel!  

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GiveBIG on May 10

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 9, 2017

GiveBIG to Goodwill on May 10, 2017.Every year, Seattle Foundation hosts GiveBIG a local day of giving for King County non-profit organizations—and every year, we’re excited to participate.

In our last fiscal year, we helped over 9,700 local individuals through our free job training and education programs. This includes placing over 1,400 people in jobs, helping 270 people connect with higher education and training opportunities, and partnering with over 700 employers to hire our students. For our students who completed our programs, they saw an average household income increase of over $16,000.

Now, more than ever, it is critical to support our local job training and education programs. We believe wholeheartedly that jobs change lives. And they don’t only change the lives of our students—they have a ripple effect into families and communities as well. 

I gave BIG today! #GiveBIG

Tune into our Facebook page today to hear some of the stories of the lives impacted by the generous financial and material donors (as well as the shoppers!) in our community. We’ll be sharing student stories all day long, and at 11:15 am, meet some of our teachers in a Facebook Live video.


If you’re ready to GiveBIG to Goodwill, you can donate here:

And if you GiveBIG, feel free to let people know with the graphic to the right! Simply right click or tap & hold, click “save image as”, and save it to your device so you can upload it to your preferred social media channels. 

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Check out what's #AtGoodwillNow

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
April 24, 2017

With 40 donation centers scattered across the Puget Sound, Seattle Goodwill receives countless unique, highly sought after items that land on our store shelves and are quickly purchased or rotated out on a routine basis.

In fact, we get so much, keeping tabs on the most intriguing donations is quite challenging. And once a desirable item hits the sales floor, blink a few times and it’s gone.

Well, thanks to our Spring Shop Campaign, we are reducing customers’ fear of missing out.

Seattle Goodwill’s social media channels have always showcased the many items we receive, and we are excited to announce the addition of two new Twitter accounts—one for Capitol Hill (@ShopCapHillGW) and one for our South Everett (@ShopSEverettGW) location—where new donations will be posted on a daily basis in real time.

Throughout the day items will be tweeted out as they arrive on shelves followed by #AtGoodwillNow. Every trip to our stores offers a treasure hunt, and we encourage customers to use the hashtag to share those gems with other Goodwill shoppers. Helping others find items of interest ultimately benefits our free job training and education programs.

While a hyperlocal focus is being placed on Capitol Hill and South Everett, there is a possibility in the future of expanding twitter accounts to showcase all our stores.

Be sure to follow our new accounts and regularly check their feeds to make sure you aren’t missing out on the latest hidden treasures.


Capitol Hill: @ShopCapHillGW

South Everett: @ShopSEverettGW

Don’t forget to use #AtGoodwillNow with your tweets and tag us at @SeatteGoodwill.

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Tickets on sale for Seattle Goodwill’s Sustainable Sounds concert

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
April 14, 2017

Sustainable Sounds Concert

When: 8 pm. Thursday, April 20 (Doors 7 pm)

Where: Tractor Tavern in Ballard

Cost: $15 general admission

Performing: Prom Queen, Cataldo, Goodbye Heart, Acapulco Lips, Star Anna


Every time a donation is made to one of Seattle Goodwill’s 40 donation sites, not only does that benefit our Job Training and Education programs, it also supports our environment by keeping materials out of landfills.

Last year alone Seattle Goodwill prevented 53 million pounds of goods from entering landfills.

To help us celebrate Earth Day and promote sustainable practices, we’ve partnered with Seattle radio station KEXP and have enlisted the help of local bands Cataldo, Star Anna, Goodbye Heart, Acapulco Lips and Prom Queen for a fun-filled night at our Sustainable Sounds concert.

The bands will play break-up cover songs in conjunction with Seattle Goodwill’s #breakup4good campaign, in which we are encouraging people to break up with unneeded items and donate. The concert starts at 8 pm. Thursday, April 20, at Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Doors open at 7 pm. General admission tickets costs $15 and can be purchased here.

“We are excited to play this show, because it’s our first show of 2017 and we love Goodwill and KEXP and Tractor,” said Leeni Ramadan, Prom Queen guitarist and lead vocalist. “Plus the bands are amazing, and I love the theme of the evening. I am excited to perform our selection of breakup songs!”

Leeni and her band members regularly support Goodwill’s mission, and now they have the opportunity to promote the message of sustainability.

“Thrifting has been a way of life for me for as long as I can remember,” Leeni said. “And my bandmates love it, too! Whenever we travel, we are always thrifting in each city if we have time. I shop at Goodwill on a regular basis, and some of my favorite things I own are from there.”

KEXP DJ Sharlese Metcalf, who hosts Saturday’s Audioasis show from 6-9 pm, will be handling MC duties for the third consecutive year.

“The Break Up for Good event provides another way to promote local music, which is really fun and important,” Sharlese said. “Not only is Goodwill a retail shop, it uses its funds to help people find jobs and get education and get into the work force. I think that is really special.”

Here is a quick breakdown of the five bands performing at Sustainable Sounds:

Prom Queen

Prom Queen, best described as a dark surf rock, girl-group noir sound, went from a solo project to a band after her debut album Night Sound in 2012. Prom Queen’s live show is described as moody and electrifying, and it showcases each of the band members’ skill.


Cataldo, an indie pop band, is led by creator and front man Eric Anderson, who grew up in Moscow, Idaho and moved to Seattle after college. Cataldo’s shows have evolved through the years to not only entertain musically but visually as well. Cataldo’s newest project, Keepers, is slated to be released April 28, 2017.  

Goodbye Heart

Goodbye Heart, a dream pop duo, is composed of friends Sam Ford and Nila K Leigh, who began collaborating in New York City before moving to Seattle. Their sound is made up of atmospheric synths, electronic percussion and heart-wrenching vocals. Their musical influences range from The Cure to Johnny Jewel to Nas.

Acapulco Lips

Acapulco Lips, a psychedelic trio, formed in a Seattle basement and were brought together by the love of reverb-laden R&B and psychedelic rock. Their unique sound is a blend of 1990s Seattle garage music and a 1960s eternal summer sound.

Star Anna

Star Anna is a singer and songwriter from Ellensburg who blends country sound with emotional and honest rock and roll. She has a unique voice that Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur described as: “a voice full of bluster that will slam the door behind you, then find itself alone to take in the loneliness, the quiet, the beauty.”

Besides joining Seattle Goodwill and KEXP for our Sustainable Sounds concert, be sure to follow our social channels for daily prize giveaways. Each giveaway will start at 8 am and close the following day at 8 am. Grand Prizes include Lady Gaga tickets, a Sounders FC package and a Seattle Repertory Theater night out, which includes a $250 gift card to the Seattle Repertory Theatre and a $50 gift card to Local 360.

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