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 27 – 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


Seattle sounders vs. Portland timbers | june 30 | Centurylink field

Calling all soccer fans! Kick off the week of the 2018 USA Games with the best rivalry in Major League Soccer, as our hometown Seattle Sounders FC take on the Portland Timbers.

Buy a ticket for this game, celebrating the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, and receive a limited edition scarf!

Open to everybody


OPENING CEREMONy | July 1 | Husky Stadium | 12:30 pm | gates open - 11:00 am

Parade of Athletes and entertainment including the 2,018 member choir who will serve as the living backdrop. Plus, the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron to open the 2018 USA Games

*Please note that ONLY clear bags will be allowed inside Husky Stadium

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 All-American picnic and dance party

Athletes/Families/Officials Welcome



Join the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for an exciting night with the Seattle Mariners! Special Olympic athletes, coaches, and support staff from across the country will celebrate together when the Seattle Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

open to everybody


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

Celebration and culmination of the 2018 USA Games

open to everybody