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. 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN | June 28 – July 1

Law Enforcement representatives nationwide carry the
Special Olympics Flame of Hope that will light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony


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WELCOME DAY | June 29-30 | SeaTac International Airport

Thousands of fans welcome the athletes and delegates


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OPENING CEREMONy | July 1 | Husky Stadium | 12:30 pm

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

open to everybody


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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


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FAN ZONE | July 1-6 | Husky Stadium north Plaza | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

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

Open to everybody


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HEALTHY ATHLETES | July 2-6 | Husky Union Building

July 1, 4:00 pm-7:00 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, 9:00 am-12:00 Pm

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

for athletes only


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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


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YOUTH LEADERSHIP Experience | July 2-5

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

For participants only


UNIFIED SPORTS EXPERIENCE | July 2, 3, 5

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


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


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

Celebration and culmination of the 2018 USA Games

open to everybody