Celebrate 4th of July this Summer!

Independence Day is one of the biggest American holidays during the summer. Traditional activities include having a BBQ, eating apple pie, watching fireworks, and wearing red white and blue. Even if you don’t identify as American, it’s a fun and easy holiday to celebrate, and there are so many ways to get involved around Seattle! Here are some of the many activities going on in Seattle this July 4th.

1.Seafair Summer Fourth

This free, family-friendly fair takes place at Gasworks Park, only about a 20 minute walk from West campus! There will be food vendors, live entertainment, and “All-American games” such as pie-eating contests and sack-races during the day, with a spectacular firework show after the sun sets over Lake Union.

Event Website: http://www.seafair.com/events/2017/seafair-summer-4th

Credit: seafair.com

2. Family Fourth of July, Seatac 

This festival takes place all day at Angle Lake Park and features a free water spray park with spray nozzles for children to run through, carnival rides and bouncers, and a fantastic firework show at night.

For more Info: http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/government/city-departments/parks-community-programs-services/special-events/family-fourth-of-july

3. Burien’s Fourth of July Parade

This parade is one of the oldest and most highly attended in King County! Beginning at 3pm and running for about 2 hours, this parade features floats, pirates, marching bands, and so much more! For more information on how to get involved, visit their website:


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4. Kent Fourth of July Splash

This unique festival features traditional American games from noon-5pm such as pie-eating contests and T-Bird puck and shoot. Kent also provides free shuttle transportation and parking close to Lake Meridian, and of course, no Fourth of July would be complete without a fireworks finale!

Event website: http://www.kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/events/fourth-of-july-splash

Visit Seattle Center

In 1962 the World Fair came to Seattle. Many fun and spectacular landmarks were created and still remain to this day. As a result Seattle Center has all sorts of fun places to visit.

See below for a list of suggestions on what to do in Seattle Center.

Visit the Space Needle


You can see a great view of the mountains from the observation deck!

Built in 1962 for the World Fair, the Space Needle is now an iconic landmark in the Seattle skyline. It is one of the tallest structures on the west side of the Mississippi River! The observation tower, which can be reached by elevator, is 520ft (160 meters) above ground! Interested in visiting? Check out the website here.

Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass


Chihuly Garden and Glass is a lovely museum

When buying tickets to the Space Needle you can buy tickets for this museum at the same time, saving money! This museum has many beautiful glass sculptures created by Dale Chihuly who is a native Washingtonian!

This museum is located near the Space Needle. It is open from:

Sundays-Thursdays: 10AM-7PM

Fridays-Saturdays: 10AM-8PM

Tickets are:


Youth (5-12 years): $15

Children 4 or younger are free!

Visit the EMP


The building is made up of over 21,000 aluminum and stainless steel panels!

Known as the EMP, or the Experience Music Project, this museum has many fun exhibits and activities year round! Many of the exhibits are about pop culture, art, cinema, and science fiction. They also have one of the largest collections in the world of personal instruments, photographs, hand-written lyrics and more for the Seattle band Nirvana and the musician Jimi Hendrix.

Tickets are:


Youth (5-17years): $16

Children 4 or younger are free!

If you have a student ID card show it to get a discount! See more here.

Visit the Pacific Science Center


The Pacific Science Center has fun exhibits for all ages!

Originally the Pacific Science Center was built for the 1962 World Fair in Seattle. It was known as the United States Science Pavilion. After the fair it became the Pacific Science Center. At the Pacific Science Center they have cool exhibits, IMAX movies, Laser Shows, Planetarium shows and more!

You can see what exhibits and events are going on at the Pacific Science Center here.

You can buy tickets either at the Science Center or online here.

Eat at the Armory


The Armory has a lot of restaurants if you ever get hungry

The Armory used to house the 146th Field Artillery and its tanks, however once the World Fair occurred it became the “Food Circus”, the first vertical shopping mall. Nowadays it is full of places to eat food, so if you’re hungry while visiting Seattle Center the Armory is a great place to eat.

Play at the International Fountain


The fountain is a great place to relax in the summertime

Another creation leftover from the World Fair, the water sprayed from this fountain can reach up to 120 ft! Located next to Key Arena, the fountain is a great place to cool off in the summer months. If you’re lucky you will see one of the water shows synchronized to music.



Visit Pike Place Market

Overlooking Elliott Bay, Pike Place Market was opened in 1907! It is one of the oldest public farmer’s markets in the US.

Within Pike Place there are numerous stores and shops! Below are some of the best ones to visit. Click on the name to learn more.

Daily Dozen


At the Daily Dozen you need to pay with cash

Located close to the entrance of Pike Place Market, Daily Dozen is open from 8AM-5PM. They sell fresh mini donuts! You can watch the tiny donuts being made as you wait in line. Make sure that you have cash to pay as they do not accept credit cards.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer


Like RGB? Buy a 32oz or 64oz growler!

Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic drink which is fizzy! Rachel’s Ginger Beer is a fantastic place to try several flavors of ginger beer, especially on a hot day. Some flavors which you can find there are Pink Guava, White Peach, and Blood Orange, but make sure to visit every couple of weeks! They have a “Seasonal Flavor” which changes every once in a while.



Pike Place Market is where the first Starbucks was opened

The very first Starbucks store was opened in Pike Place Market. As a result this is a very popular tourist attraction. The lines are very long so make sure if you plan to visit that you have enough time to wait!

Pike Place Fish

These are the guys who throw the fish! Located underneath the clock in Pike Place Market, and right behind Rachel the Piggy Bank you can often find flying fish here.


At Pike Place Fish you can watch fish fly around!

Other interesting things you can find at Pike Place include flowers, art prints, books, toys, t-shirts, and more. There are many vendors who sell beautiful bouquets!


Some beautiful bouquets can be found here!

Check out Pike Place Market! It has amazing stores and shops to explore and find small treasures for yourself and your friends! Learn more about Pike Place here.


Visit Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill, located just south of the University District where the University of Washington’s Seattle campus is located is a neighborhood full of culture! It has many great places to eat, relax, and encounter new things! See below for some suggestions for where to visit, eat, and have fun!

Volunteer Park


This sculpture is called “Black Sun”

Also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park is a great place to have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. It has a water tower build over 100 years ago in 1906! You can walk up to the top and see a great view of Seattle. Volunteer Park is is where you can find the Volunteer Park Conservatory, which is open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10am-4pm. Tickets for the conservatory are FREE every FIRST Thursday and Saturday of each month. See more here.


This is the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Elliott Bay Book Company


The interior of the Elliott Bay Book Company

Founded in 1973, the Elliott Bay Book Company was originally located in Pioneer Square until it moved to it’s current location in Capitol Hill! It is a great local bookstore that everyone should visit!

Check out the events they have this month here!

Hello Robin


Hello Robin serves local ice cream from Molly Moon’s

Hello Robin is a bakery which bakes cookies fresh each day, with flavors such as Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, Mackles’more, and more! They specialize in ice cream sandwiches made from these cookies, with Molly Moon’s ice cream sandwiched between two cookies! You can visit their website here.

Tacos Chukis


Tacos Chukis is great! If you can find it.

Tacos Chukis is an excellent taqueria (a mexican restaurant which specializes in tacos) however it can be difficult to find. The prices though are on the lower end of many restaurants which are located in Capitol Hill! This taqueria is located upstairs in the Broadway Alley.



This drive has several locations throughout Seattle

Dick’s is located on Broadway, like many other restaurants in Capitol Hill. It was founded in Seattle in the 1950s, as part of a fast food boom that was sweeping across the country. It is one of Seattle’s favorite traditional burger joints! It is important to note that this restaurant only accepts cash as payment. You can visit their website here.

Century Ballroom


The Century Ballroom hosts all sorts of dancing!

Established in 1997, Century Ballroom promotes social dancing of all kinds! They host many events such as Bachata dancing, with a drop in lesson before. They also offer classes. Please note that many classes and events are only offered to those 21 and up.

Learn more here.

Dancing Feet

On Broadway, a major street in Capitol Hill where you can find a lot of places to eat there is an interesting art installment. The Broadway Dance Steps are bronze shoes in the ground, numbered to allow people to easily dance the rumba for instance without ever having to do it before! Read more about the history of the art installation here!



The steps are numbered so you can dance!

Next time you’re in Capitol Hill make sure to check these out!

Woodland Park Zoo & How to Visit Yourself

Last weekend IELP Student Workers took a group of IELP students to the zoo! Now that it is sunnier and it is getting warmer, more and more animals are outside to see! At the zoo you can see animals like lions, tapirs, gorillas, wolves, all sorts of birds, snakes, insects, and much more!

fall colors, leaves, foliage

During the summer time you can see giraffes!

Located in near Greenlake in Seattle, the Woodland Park Zoo is a great place to go with family and friends! The zoo opens at 9AM and closes at 6PM during the summer months, it closes at 4PM during the winter months.


The bears are always cool to watch

How to Get There:

From UW Seattle Campus: take bus #44 towards Ballard/Wallingford. Get off the bus at 46th Street and Phinney Ave N. From there it is a quick 3-5 minute walk to the West Entrance where the penguins are!

Zoo map

The bus route for bus 44 to Woodland Park zoo

From Downtown: Take bus #5 north-bound from downtown to the zoo’s West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. and N. 55th St.


During the summer (April 1-September 30) tickets are:

Adult (13 -64 years old): $19.95

Child (3- 12 years old): $12.25

Toddler (0-2 years old): FREE

you can find more information about tickets here.


There are several ticket discounts you can get too!

Rainy Day Discount: especially during fall, winter, and spring there are a number of rainy days. You can check here to see if the discount is available if it looks rainy outside. With the discount you can get up to 50% off you ticket!

Transit Discount: If you take the bus to the zoo you can get $2 off your ticket! Just show your Orca Card/UPASS or a bus ticket when you buy the tickets!

Take a look at the zoo map here before you go!


A Humbolt penguin at the Woodland Park Zoo



End of Quarter Ceremony Review

Hi!  My name is Marianne Kim.  I am a student in my 2nd year at UW and I am a Student Assistant in the IELP office.

On August 21st, I attended my first End of Quarter (EOQ) IEP Ceremony. Students, teachers, and staff gathered to honor our graduating students, student council members, and outstanding students for summer quarter 2015. After a very warm and sunny summer, it was great to see everyone in the HUB’s cool South Ballroom.

The Director of IEP, James Evans, opened up the program, and Suzy Cowgill, International Student Advisor, did a great job as a host for the event. Johanna, another Student Assistant, and I introduced and thanked the Student Council. We also handed them certificates.

Next, the speeches began. The first speaker was Stephan Cheng, a student, who ended his speech with a Chinese proverb.

The second student speaker, Sebastian Martinez, invited everyone over to his house.

The last speaker of the night was Richard Alishio, an instructor, who gave one last vocabulary lesson to his students. His speech included the words, obliteration, galaxy, and more.

Suzy Cowgill wrapped up the ceremony, and everyone began to talk with each other. It was great to see students, instructors, and staff interacting.  I can’t wait until the next one!