Pioneer Square Fire Festival 2013


2013 Fire Festival Poster

Date: Saturday July 13, 2013

Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Occidental Square Park (between S. Main St. & S. Washington St. and between 1st & 2nd Ave S)


The Pioneer Square Fire Festival, a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in Occidental Square Park. The annual festival commemorates the re-birth of the Pioneer Square area following the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889 that destroyed most of Seattle’s original Commercial District and gave rise to today’s Historic Pioneer Square Neighborhood.

The Pioneer Square Fire Festival gives attendees of all ages a glimpse into Seattle’s past featuring displays by the Last Resort Fire Department, the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle. Along with displays of antique and classic fire engines and classic police cars, the Seattle Fire Department will provide different fire apparatus of today on a rotating basis during the festival, and Seattle Fire Department’s Medic II Program will have a display in the Last Resort Fire Department Museum.

In addition there will be many family-friendly activities. Come cheer on the area Fire cadets and Explorers as they compete against each other. Try your hand a putting on firefighting turnout gear on “Are You Faster Than a Fire Cadet?” Kids can learn about fire safety through games such as the “Pump Can Game” and “Smoke Crawl”. Don’t forget a
bout the opportunity to color a picture while sitting in the back of a 1940 fire engine, or pan for gold. Also making appearance will be Pluggie the talking fire hydrant.

This year the festival will also be honoring the 100th anniversary of the oldest known surviving motorized Seattle Fire Department vehicle. This City Service Ladder Truck will be on display in Occidental Square Park during the festival. Come on down and help us celebrate!

Located one to two blocks away from Occidental Square Park are: the Last Resort Fire Department Museum, located in Seattle Fire Department Headquarters; the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum located in a historic building; and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle, located in the restored Cadillac Hotel. All three museums have activities for kids, and they will be open and FREE to the public on the day of the Fire Festival.

For more up-to-date information visit and locate the Fire Festival page in the left navigating column.