FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS TO EXPLODE OVER PENINSULA

The Fourth of July will be celebrated all over the North Olympic Peninsula.

Here’s a rundown of the parades, food and fireworks.

Port Angeles

The Fourth of July celebration will begin on Tuesday with food and crafts vendors opening their booths in the City Pier parking lot at about 3 p.m.

Live music will start at 4 p.m. at the pier pavilion and continue — with a break for a parade — until fireworks begin at around 10 p.m., sponsored by Wave Broadband.

There will be a dunk tank at the pier to raise money for the Port Angeles Senior Games.

Three community officials have volunteered to allow you to throw balls to try to dunk them in the tank:

* Richard Headrick, City Council member and former Port Angeles mayor, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

* Bill Sterling, director of city Parks and Recreation, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

* Jim Jones, new Clallam County administrator, 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The annual parade, sponsored by Kitsap Bank, will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Clallam County Courthouse, Fourth and Lincoln streets.

A Coast Guard fly-over will mark the start.

It will proceed to First Street, then west on First to Valley Street.

Fireworks will begin at 10, shot from the end of Francis Street.

Port Townsend

Port Townsend’s “Fourth at the Fort” celebration will start after the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes concert.

The concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Worden.

Reserved seats cost $16, $5 for people 18 and younger.

At 5 p.m., family games, live music, a barbecue and food vendors will open on The Commons lawn.

Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

Visitors cannot bring alcoholic beverages or their own fireworks to the event.

Jefferson Transit will run continuous shuttles from the Haines Place Park & Ride lot from 5 p.m. to twilight.

All the system’s buses will then wait at Fort Worden to return fireworks fans to Haines Place.

Round-trip fares are $1.25 for adults, 75 cents for youths under 19, free for children under 6 if accompanied by an adult.

Some streets around Fort Worden will be closed starting at 5 p.m.:

* Walnut Street between P and W streets.

* W Street between Walnut and Cherry streets.

* Chestnut Street between W and V streets.

* Rose Street between W and V streets.

The streets will reopen after homebound traffic dissipates:

Sequim

An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Community Picnic is planned at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Road on Tuesday.

Ted Cordua will present the VFW Carlsborg Post 6787 flag ceremony to start the program at 11 a.m.

Deputy Mayor John Beitzel will give the welcoming address following Cordua’s presentation.

Performing one after another will be the Sunshine Generation vocal group directed by Robin Hall; the Step Sisters dancers with Sara Courtney; the Edelweiss Band; Amanda Bacon; and the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers.

The Happy Tyme Clowns and the Sequim Valley Car Club also will be on hand.

Food will include strawberries and ice cream prepared by the Sequim Valley Grange, hot dogs and potato salad.

In the meantime, the Sequim City Band and the Strait Men Barbershop chorus will give a free performance starting at 3 p.m. at the band stand at the James Center for the Performing Arts. The center is just north of Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Road.

For more information, see www.sequimcityband.org or phone 360-683-8226.

Forks

The Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, which began on Friday, continues today.

Festival coordinator Pat Soderlind says “it’s the longest-running old-time Fourth of July celebration this side of the Mississippi.”

Festival preparations began in November and involved people from across the West End — even inmates at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center.

“They do amazing work,” Soderlind said. “They built Independence Hall for our float. They also made all of our buttons.”

The schedule for today through Tuesday:

Monday

* 11 a.m.: Xbox tournament continues

* Noon-6 p.m.: Friends of Forks Library book sale at library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

Tuesday:

* 7 a.m. -10 a.m.: Elks Breakfast at Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road

* 10:45 a.m.: Kiddies parade starts at Bank of America, 481 S. Forks Ave.

* 11 a.m.: Grand parade starts at Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave.

* 11 a.m.: Xbox tournament continues

* Noon-4 p.m.: Art show resumes

* 1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Lions Club salmon bake, Tillicum Park Arena

* 6:30 p.m.-dusk: Music in the Park

* Dusk: Fireworks, Tillicum Park

Makah Nation

In Neah Bay, a parade will start in front of Washburn’s Store at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

At 1 p.m., field sports for youth will begin at the Senior Citizens Building while quilters and needleworkers exhibit their art in the Makah Marina Conference Center.

A Sea Bass Derby ends with the final weigh-in at 5 p.m. at the Big Salmon Resort.

To enter the derby costs $10. Contact Bob Buckingham, 360-645-3012, for details.

Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. in the Washburn’s parking lot.

The day’s fireworks finale begins after 10 p.m. and is sponsored by the Makah tribe.

Visitors are invited to park along the waterfront and bring their lawn chairs.

Kalaloch barbecue

Kalaloch Lodge plans an old-fashioned barbecue dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday.

Food will be served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The menu includes hot dogs or hamburgers with baked beans, corn on the cob, cole slaw and watermelon.

The cost is $8 for children, $10 for adults and $9 for people 62 and older.

The lodge is located on U.S. Highway 101 in the Olympic National Park coastal strip, 35 miles south of Forks.

Quinault salmon dinner

Lake Quinault Lodge will host an outdoor dinner at sunset on Tuesday.

A five-course menu will include local salmon, either pan-roasted with apples, onions or sage, or cedar-planked with cranberry relish.

The dinner will be served on the shores of Lake Quinault from 5 to 9 p.m.

The meal costs $65 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations, phone 360-288-2919.

The lodge is located on the south shore of Lake Quinault about a mile off Highway 101, 27 miles south of Queets.

Reporter Jim Casey can be reached at 360-417-3538 or at [email protected]

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