Events and Ceremonies

The 2018 USA Games will feature a number of events and ceremonies that will take place during the week of the Games, July 1-6 2018. 


law enforcement torch run final leg | June 28 – July 1

47 law enforcement officers and 6 Special Olympics athletes will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout Washington State and light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony on July 1 at Husky Stadium


WELCOME DAY | June 29-30 | SeaTac International Airport

Fans and volunteers welcome more than 4,000 athletes, coaches and delegates to Seattle


OPENING CEREMONy | July 1 | Husky Stadium | 12:00 pm | gates open - 11:00 am

Parade of Athletes and entertainment plus the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron to open the 2018 USA Games

Tickets just $20


SPECIAL OLYMPICS TOWN | July 1-5 | Husky Union Building | 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Closed July 4th

Entertainment and activities created just for the athletes

For athletes only


FAN ZONE | July 1-6 | Husky Stadium north Plaza

July 1, 9:00 am-12:00 pm | july 2-3, 9:00 am-9:00pm | july 4-6, 9:00am-4:00pm

Live music, exhibits, and activities entertain athletes and spectators around the Opening Ceremony and competitions

Open to everybody


HEALTHY ATHLETES | July 1-6 | Husky Union Building

July 1, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | july 2-3, 11:00 am-7:00pm

July 4, 11:00 am-4:00pm | july 5, 11:00 am-7:00 pm | July 6, 11:00 am-4:00 Pm

Volunteer health professionals provide free, critical health screenings and educational sessions for athletes

for athletes only


Volunteers, sponsor employees, families, and friends invited to break down barriers, promote inclusion, and have fun by trying their hand at Special Olympics Unified Sports


YOUNG ATHLETES FESTIVAL | July 2-3 | Seattle Center | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

July 5 | University of Washington | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

A celebration of sports, activities, and inclusion for the next generation of athletes, ages 2 to 7, with resources and guidance for parents.

open to everybody


YOUTH LEADERSHIP Experience | July 2-5

Young adults, with and without intellectual disabilities, convene to build more inclusive communities

For participants only

USA Games familY 4th | July 4 | 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

Athletes and delegates celebrate the Fourth with an old-fashioned American BBQ and dance party

Athletes/Families/Officials Welcome


CLOSING CEREMONy | July 6 | lake union park | 7:00 pm

Celebration and culmination of the 2018 USA Games

open to everybody