Saturday, February 9, 2013, marks Seattle’s 19th annual celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day. This is the day when we reach out, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who live or work around us.
The celebration began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate "a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other." Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since.
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To celebrate, neighbors, community organizations and neighborhood groups across the city organized block parties, open houses, and work parties. In addition, community centers and Seattle Fire Department stations had special events as well. Here are some pictures from last year’s events.
Fire Station Open Houses
David Rosen, Photographer