Fourth of July festivities planned on Peninsula

The Fourth of July will be celebrated all across the North Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday.

Here are some events planned, listed by community:

Port Angeles

The Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce has organized a full day to celebrate Independence Day, beginning at noon with baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet cars and continuing until 11 p.m. after a fireworks show over Port Angeles Harbor.

Free events will be held from Waterfront Park to City Pier.

City Pier activities start at noon with concerts, a wine and beer garden, a car show by Ruddell Auto, and an apple-pie baking contest, Pies on the Pier sponsored by Necessities and Temptations gift store.

Activities for children and families are planned at The Gateway transit center. In the bus lanes next door to the center — which not be use by Clallam transit during the holiday — vendors will offer their wares.

The Port Angeles Lefties will host a beer garden in Waterfront Park., where Peninsula College alumni will sponsor a Cornhole Tournament from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some Lefties will be on hand to sign autographs and perhaps play catch with children.

A pickleball tournament is set from 10 2 p.m. on the upper parking deck at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

A parade will begin at 6 p.m. and wend through downtown Port Angeles. Prizes include $1,000 for best float.

Following the parade will be a lawn mover derby from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot east of Station 51 Tap House at 125 W. Front Sr.

Lawn mowers also will be on display in the park and the parade.

A fireworks show over Port Angeles Harbor will begin at about 10 p.m.

For more information, including rules for the pie-baking contest, see the chamber of commerce website at ration.

Port Townsend

The fourth annual Old School 4th of July’s music performances, food, fireworks, and contests will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The event at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way, will culminate with a fireworks display slated to begin at about 10 p.m. Event parking on the parade grounds is available for a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle. Discover Passes will not be required to park in the parade grounds parking area but will be required in all parking areas managed by the state.

Carpooling, bike riding and walking are highly encouraged for area residents, event organizers said.

The event’s schedule is:

4 p.m. — Kalan Wolfe performance.

4:30 p.m. — Kilcid Band performance.

5 p.m. — Free root beer floats.

5:45 p.m. — Stars of Tomorrow Winner, Tori Minnihan.

6 p.m. — Port Townsend Summer Band performance.

7 p.m. — Grace Love sings “America the Beautiful,” followed by the Olympic Games. Included will be the tug-of-war qualifying rounds; Walnut Sack Race, kids’ and adults’ rounds; tug-of-war final match; a watermelon eating contest; and finish with a community portrait.

8 p.m. — Unexpected Brass Band performance.

8:30 p.m. — Famous Lucy performance.

10 p.m. — 50/50 raffle and fireworks.

Drivers who park inside Fort Worden are encouraged to exercise their patience when exiting following the fireworks as it may take up to an hour to clear out of the area.

For more information, contact Daniel Milholland at 360-385-0519 or [email protected]; or visit www.thunder


A traditional, small town, patriotic performance by the Sequim City Band is planned to sound off 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Members of the public — veterans and active service members in particular — are invited to the concert at James Center for the Performing Arts outdoor band shell at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave.

Attendees can relax in their lawn chairs and hear traditional pieces by John Philip Sousa, Henry Fillmore, and F.W. Meacham.

A commemorative feature saluting those who guard and protect the United States will be “Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew.”

James Curnow set music to the words of a poem by John Gillespie Magee Jr., an American who volunteered in 1941 as a fighter pilot for the Canadian Royal Air Force.

The concert will include its tradition of honoring military veterans and current military personnel with the Armed Forces Salute, which features each service branch’s song. Military personnel are encouraged to wear caps identifying their service branches.

The audience will be invited to participate in “Sing for America,” which will consist of four songs: “America, the Beautiful,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “America” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

“American Flourish” will feature the familiar tunes “Yankee Doodle,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “Shenandoah” in an arrangement by Robert W. Smith.

For more information, see or call 360-207-4722,.

Neah Bay

Neah Bay will mark the Fourth of July with a parade, field events, vendors and fireworks.

The parade will leave from the Makah Museum parking lot at 1880 Bayview Ave., at 11 a.m.

At noon, activities on the beach at the west end of town will include field events, vendors and food.

At dusk will be a fireworks show over Makah Bay.


In Forks, the Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration began Saturday and after Wednesday’s festivities, continue Friday through Sunday.

Today a basketball tournament at the Forks High School gym is planned.

The Fourth of July will feature an Elks breakfast, a Kiddies Parade, a Grand Parade, a salmon bake and a demolition derby before fireworks at dusk.

On Friday will be a bean bag toss at Tillicum Park, with half of the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Saturday will be crammed with activities: a horseshoe tournament, art show, frog jump, cribbage tournament, a Taste of Forks Grill Off, a street dance and a Moonlight Madness sale.

Sunday will feature a Kiddies Play Day at Tillicum Park and continuation of the art show.

For more, see events on the Forks Chamber of Commerce website at forks

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