Sequim plans Fourth of July group photos

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– To show the future what the city looked like on its 100th anniversary, city officials plan to take group photographs of residents during the upcoming Fourth of July bash.

City officials plan to take a pair of pictures from this year’s Independence Day celebration, which includes a long slate of observances to mark the city’s centennial.

An Old Fashioned Town Picnic complete with a wide slate of contests, the finale of the monthlong beard and mustache contest, a hula hoop-off, a vintage hat wear-off and a wide slate of live musical offerings are slated for the Fourth of July, a Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carrie Blake Park.

Vickie Carroll with the city’s centennial committee said revelers at the park party will be asked to gather at the James Center for the Performing Arts in the park to pose at 2:30 p.m. for an aerial group photo that David Woodcock will take from an airplane over the “Blue Hole” — a nickname for Sequim because it is known for clear skies in the clouds over the North Olympic Peninsula.

Fireworks are scheduled to light up those skies over the park after sundown.

Another group picture will be taken by photographer Ernst Ulrich at the “Street Dance of the Century” downtown.

Downtown streets will be blocked off for the Friday, July 5, party, which will feature live musical performances by the rock ’n’ roll tribute band Magic Bus and The Guy Johnson Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The city photograph will be taken beforehand at the main intersection of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street at 5:30 p.m.

2013 memorabilia

The photos will be among items included in a centennial time capsule, which will include memorabilia from the 2013 version of Sequim that will be left for the city’s citizens in the year 2063.

Copies of the city photographs will be available for purchase.

Barbara Hanna, the city’s communications director, said details about buying the community photos will be announced soon.

The centennial celebration began Oct. 27 at the Sequim Prairie Grange.

More events are planned for the rest of the year, with a grand finale party set for Nov. 2 in 7 Cedars Casino’s Club Seven lounge.

Following approval by votes in October, the city officially was incorporated Oct. 31, 1913. The first City Council met in November of that year.

For more information, contact City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or


Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

Last modified: June 22. 2013 5:42PM
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