THE FOURTH: Unexpected rain fails to dampen spirits in Port Angeles; no rain on the parade in Forks (go figure) — [**Photo Gallery**]
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Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival royalty Princess Caroline Belford, left, and Queen Rebecca Bamer wave to the crown from under oversized umbrellas as they roll past the Clallam County Courthouse during Friday's Independence Day Parade in Port Angeles.
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Oscar Peterson of Forks rides on the Forks Old Fashioned Fourth of July float with his wife, Wilma, in the Grand Parade on Friday. Staff Sgt. Peterson served in the US Army in Europe during World War II.
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Linda Ogden of Sequim sits bundled in a flag-patterned blanket as she waits for the start of an Independence Day performance of the Sequim City Band at the James Center for the Performing Arts in Sequim. The band performed a program of patriotic music on a blustery Friday afternoon.
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Sara Digirolamo, left, gets a kiss from her dog, Duke, as Amanda Gribbins and her dog, Lucy, look on from a sidewalk bench in downtown Port Townsend on Independence Day. The Port Townsend women were celebrating the holiday with a downtown outing.
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Bluegrass music legend Peter Rowan, center, accompanied by Blaine Spouse on fiddle, left, and Patrick Sauber on banjo, performs as the headline act at Friday's "Fiddles & Fireworks" show of the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes at McCurdy Pavillion at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. The concert, hosted by Centrum, featured a variety of fiddle-based music — but no fireworks.
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And the climax of Port Angeles' Independence Day activities, as seen from City Pier.

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

Spirits were high on the Fourth of July in Port Angeles despite that fact that it did rain on the parade.

Initial forecasts predicted no rain.

“The [weather] system was just a little bit wetter than we thought,” said Allen Cam, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“[On Thursday], it looked like the system was going to be pretty much dry.”

The sun was shining on the West End for the grand parade for the Forks' Old Fashioned Fourth of July, which started at noon.

“It was a beautiful day,” said Mark Soderlind, chairman of the Forks Old Fashioned Fourth of July Committee. “Good time had by all.”

Cam said weather service rain gauges across the North Olympic Peninsula collected much less than an inch of rain Friday evening, seen in Port Angeles and Port Townsend.

Rain gauges in Forks and at the Quillayute Airport and one between Port Angeles and Sequim all saw three-hundredths of an inch of rain Friday night, Cam said.

Forecasts for today are for mostly cloudy skies for most of the Peninsula and a 30-40 percent chance of rain, Cam said.

Monday is expected to bring sunnier skies, Cam added.

“We'll be warming up and drying out in the coming week,” he said.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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