Forks revels in Fourth of July festivities for five days

Forks revels in Fourth of July festivities for five days

FORKS — The city of Forks boasts a “well-stocked” week of celebratory Independence Day events starting today.

They will include breakfast, a fun run, a kiddies’ parade, a Grand Parade, a salmon bake, a demolition derby and music in the park accompanied by an arts and crafts show, horseshoe and cribbage tournaments, frog jump and a kiddie playday.

Tuesday’s firework show at Tillicum Park will top off the festivities.

“This is a well-stocked week,” said Mark Soderlind, chair of the Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July Committee. “The city has a big job. They’re good to us.”

Throughout the week, Soderlind expects about 10,000 people will participate in this annual tradition.

Today

Forks’ businesses will appear a little more patriotic than usual today. By 10 a.m., judges will have taken note of storefronts participating in the window decorating contest.

The winner will be announced at Moonlight Madness — a tradition whereby Forks merchants stay open until midnight — on Saturday between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Saturday

Early birds and night owls can take their pick of events Saturday.

Forks’ 4th of July Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. at the parking lot across from Forks Coffee Shop, 241 S. Forks Ave. The 1-mile, 5K and 10K walks or runs will benefit the Spartan basketball program. The entry fee is $10 (race only) or $20 for the race and a T-shirt. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Also at 8:30 a.m., registration for a horseshoe tournament opens at Tillicum Park. The entry fee is $10, and the tournament begins at 9 a.m.

The evening will bring dancing and late-night shopping.

A street dance in the Forks True Value parking lot will last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Moonlight Madness lasts from about 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Forks Avenue will close between Calawah and Bogachiel streets for music, vendors and games for children.

Sunday

Sunday will feature contests for kids with enticing prizes: ice-cream cones or cash.

Between noon and 2 p.m., the Forks Lion Club will host a kiddies’ play day at Tillicum Park. Games include a watermelon eating contest, water balloon tossing and three-legged races.

A bean bag toss to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation kicks off at 3 p.m. Entry is $30, and 50 percent of proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. Call 360-870-1100 to register.

Monday

More games are slotted for Monday. At 6 p.m., a frog jump will take place at Tillicum Park.

At the same time, a cribbage tournament will start at the VFW Hall on South Spartan Ave. The entry fee is $6.

Tuesday, Fourth of July

The festivities will culminate with a busy Tuesday. Attending the day’s events is “kind of a rite of passage,” Soderlind said.

Here is the schedule:

• 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Elks’ annual Fourth of July breakfast at the lodge, 941 Merchants Road. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for kids and seniors, and free for ages 4 and younger.

• 8 a.m. — Check-in for Grand Parade at Forks Outfitters’ parking lot, 950 S. Forks Ave.

• 10 a.m. — Sign-up and judging begins for Kiddies’ Parade at the Peninsula College parking lot, 481 S. Forks Ave.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Far West Art League art, photo and craft show at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.

• 10:30 a.m. — Final entries and judging for Grand Parade.

• 11:30 a.m. — Lineup for Kiddies’ Parade at the college’s parking lot.

• 11:45 a.m. — Kiddies’ Parade begins from the college’s parking lot.

• Noon — Grand Parade begins from the outfitters parking lot.

• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Salmon bake at Tillicum Park, 236 N. Blackberry Ave.

• 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Forks Visitor Information Center, 1411 S. Forks Ave.; and Forks Timber Museum, 1421 S. Forks Ave.; both open.

• 3 p.m. — Demolition derby begins, with gates opening at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the Forks Youth League fireworks stand at the corner of Forks Avenue and Bogachiel Way.

• Dusk — Fireworks display at Tillicum Park.

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Reporter Sarah Sharp can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at ssharp@peninsula dailynews.com.

Forks revels in Fourth of July festivities for five days
Forks revels in Fourth of July festivities for five days
Forks revels in Fourth of July festivities for five days
Forks revels in Fourth of July festivities for five days

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