Port Angeles bringing Americana staples to Fourth fete

Port Angeles bringing Americana staples to Fourth fete

PORT ANGELES — Tuesday in Port Angeles will bring at least four American staples to City Pier: baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.

The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July all-day celebration will feature an expanded parade route, an apple pie baking contest, an opportunity to mingle with the Port Angeles Lefties and several Chevy vehicles on display.

The chamber promises an “even better than last year, all-day-long patriotic festival” capped by a public display of fireworks closer than ever as they are shot from a barge 1,000 feet off City Pier.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with pie competition drop-offs at City Pier.

Registration and check-in for the Firecracker 5K and 10K race that will begin and end on the Waterfront Trail will open at 8:30 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

Entry is $25 for adults 21 and older, $10 for youths ages 7 to 20 and free for those 6 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area.

Additionally, the parade — from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — will have a new route this year.

The new route begins at the float staging area on North Cedar Street, then begins its loop along Marine Drive to Front Street, heads left on Oak Street, turns right on Railroad Avenue, right on Laurel Street, right on First Street and finally left off South Valley Street, just across from where Marine Drive meets Front.

The fireworks show has changed as well. In past years, fireworks have been launched about 2 miles east of downtown at 9/11 Memorial Waterfront Park, formerly Francis Street Park.

Before the parade will be events at The Gateway transit center at the corner of Front and Lincoln streets, City Pier at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue, and Waterfront Park at West Railroad Avenue and North Oak Street — all in downtown Port Angeles.

Here are the schedules:

Kids Zone, The Gateway transit center, noon to 5 p.m.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Face painting, PA Rocks, Banbury Daycare, North Olympic Library System, Home Depot, musical instruments, Salmon Coalition, artist mentors and a selfie station.

Noon to 1 p.m. — Poser Yoga and Cupcake Walk.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Port Angeles cheerleaders and slap bracelet decorating.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Aspire Dance.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Cupcake Walk.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Slap bracelet decorating.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Cupcake Walk.

Vendor booths at the transit center bus lanes will be available from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature farmers market goods, food, craft activities, clothing and furniture.

City Pier, noon to 11 p.m.

City Pier will feature the Port Angeles Lefties, a Ruddell Chevy display, hot dogs and soda, as well as a beer and wine garden.

Noon — Apple pie contest.

1 p.m. — Firecracker run begins.

1:15 p.m. — Pie contest winners announced.

1:30 p.m. — Luck of the Draw.

3:30 p.m. — Buck Ellard Band.

8 p.m. — Fat Chance Band.

10:15 p.m. — Fireworks display on the bay.

Waterfront Park

Slated to begin the Port Angeles parade, Peninsula College’s inaugural Pirates in the Park will feature a live marimba band at 3 p.m., volleyball, pop-a-shot, cornhole, sidewalk chalk drawings and a treasure hunt for kids.

The community is invited to join the Pirates at Waterfront Park on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to cozy up with blankets and watch the parade from the park, which is located along the new parade route.

For more information, email Tim Tucker at ttucker@pencol.edu.

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

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