Like everything else in Fremont, yards are up for grabs for individual artistic expression. If you stroll around the residential neighborhood you won't see a lot of tidy green lawns and trimmed hedges. Many of us have ripped out the sod to experiment with more interesting palettes of annuals, perennials, bushes and rocks. You will see some stunning successes, some apparent failures and many works in progress. It may not look neat, but there is beauty in chaos.
Despite Fremont's pedestrian/bicycle orientation, cars do have their place here -- as a canvas for individual artistic expression. The annual Art Car Blowout held during the Fremont Fair inspires each of us with visions of what is possible and, one by one, more of us are taking the plunge.
If you enter Fremont on almost any bus route from downtown Seattle, you will come across the Fremont Bridge. This bridge was opened in 1917, and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and as a designated city of Seattle landmark.
Many have made the statement that this is the "busiest drawbridge in the USA" or the "busiest drawbridge in the world". There is a fair amount of traffic on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and this is a fairly low bridge, but I've not seen any real evidence that the bridge deserves such a title.
Take a close look at the windows in the control towers on the north side of the bridge: you will find two neon art works here: Rapunzel and How The Elephant Got It Trunk.
Every year, Fremont throws a party at the start of summer. This is the Fremont Solstice Festival to the many locals, or officially speaking the Fremont Fair. The culmination of this event is a parade, which is managed somewhat like a small town parade: it isn't really exceptionally precision paced, so that there are some fairly large gaps in the parade. Floats are required to be powered or pulled by human energy of some sort, so you can't have gasoline vehicle in the parade.
The turnout for the event can be huge if the weather is good, but there are still a lot of people that show up for the event even if it is raining.
Before the start of the official parade, a group of painted bicyclists in various states of dress and undress ride through the parade route. Some are completely naked for all to see, while others wear some mildly covering costume of some sort. A few wear actual clothing type costumes.
Due to the crowds I suggest coming to this festival on the bus.
Yes, despite the open nudity, many families bring their children to this event. The thinking seems to be that if the children are too young, then they don't really care about the nudity. If they are old enough to be interested in the naked people, then they should have had some education in that area before they come here.
For those interested in local shopping opportunities, the Fremont Fair part of the celebration includes some 300 or so local crafts and vendors of all types.