Port of Bellingham to open G-P pier for fireworks viewing

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 23, 2013 

Fireworks over Bellingham Bay

Spectators watch the fireworks over Bellingham Bay from the Hotel Bellwether July 4, 2008 in Bellingham.

ANDY BRONSON — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM - The Port of Bellingham will open up the former Georgia-Pacific mill pier for fireworks viewing the night of July 4.

This is the first time the pier, which is part of the Waterfront District the city and port are working to redevelop, will be open for viewing.

"We are finally getting to the development stage, so it's a great time to start some modest public access projects," said port Commissioner Michael McAuley. "We hope folks will enjoy watching the fireworks from this new vantage point."

The fireworks are part of the annual Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration along Squalicum Harbor. That's one of several events in Whatcom County to celebrate Independence Day.

For safety reasons, the pier will accommodate only about 1,000 people, according to port officials. The Central Avenue entrance to the site, next to the Granary Building on Roeder Avenue, will open to pedestrians at 9:30 p.m., and people will walk along a designated route to the pier, with the fireworks show starting about 10:30 p.m. There is no vehicle access and no parking on the G-P site.

The port is adding portable toilets and trash and recycling bins to the pier for the event. People are welcome to bring coolers, food, drinks and lawn chairs. No alcohol, personal fireworks, grills or glass containers will be allowed.

Note that there is no indoor or covered seating, so be prepared for any weather conditions. The path to the site has uneven pavement and gravel, so close-toed shoes are recommended.

People will not be allowed to approach or enter any buildings on the site or the environmental clean-up areas.

Here is information on the Bellingham and Blaine Independence Day events.

HAGGEN CELEBRATION

The biggest July 4 event in Bellingham begins at 11 a.m. at Zuanich Point Park with old-fashioned picnic games, a bouncy house and food booths. Live music begins at 2:15 p.m., with various performers until 10 p.m. People can stroll through an art show at Squalicum Boathouse featuring pieces from Allied Arts and the winners of the city's Essence of Bellingham photo contest.

The event culminates with the fireworks show above Bellingham Bay.

Parking is very limited in the area. People can park and take a free shuttle from the Technology Development Center, 1000 F St., to Zuanich park. The shuttle runs from 1 p.m. until after the fireworks are done, roughly 11 p.m.

More information on the event is at Bellingham.com.

BLAINE OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH

Experience a tradition Fourth of July including a parade, car show, arts and crafts street fair, live music and kids games in downtown Blaine.

The 12th annual celebration along the H Street Plaza kicks off at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the senior center, 763 G St. Cost is $6 adults, $4 children.

The free festival is known for its old-fashioned parade featuring everything from fire trucks to kids on their bicycles. It starts at noon. People line the street early for this event and entries are still being sought. Parade staging is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms are available at go to blainechamber.com.

The Blaine Public Library will have a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities continue through the day until the fireworks show, which starts when it's dark enough, after 10 p.m.

For more information or to enter the car show, go to blainechamber.com.

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