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 | June 27 – July 1

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


WELCOME DAY | June 30 | SeaTac International Airport

Thousands of fans welcome the athletes and delegates


OPENING CEREMONy | July 1 | Husky Stadium

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

open to everybody


SPECIAL OLYMPICS TOWN | July 2-6 | Husky Union Building

Entertainment and activities created just for the athletes

For athletes only


FAN ZONE | July 1-5 | Husky Stadium Plaza

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

Open to everybody


HEALTHY ATHLETES | July 2-6 | Husky Union Building

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

for athletes only


YOUNG ATHLETES FESTIVAL | July 2, 3, 5 | Seattle Center

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


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


INDEPENDENCE DAY | July 4

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

Celebration and culmination of the 2018 USA Games

open to everybody