It looks like 2013 will be last year that Bellingham residents will be able to celebrate the Fourth of July with personal fireworks, so here are a few options on how to get the most bang out of this year:
- Blaine's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July begins with pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the community center, followed by a car show, book sale, arts-and-crafts street fair, rides on the Plover ferry, a parade at noon, and live music with Maggie's Fury, Sabrina y Los Reyes, Jaded Lovers and the Halleck Street Ramblers. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Details: 360-543-9982, blainechamber.com.
- Haggen's Family 4th of July Celebration begins at 11 a.m. at Zuanich Point Park off of Roeder Avenue, with food and commercial vendors, games for kids, an art show at Squalicum Boathouse in conjunction with Allied Arts, and live music by Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, Prozac Mtn Boys, Keaton Collective and Yogoman Burning Band. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Don't forget, the old G-P mill site will be open to the public at 9:30 p.m. for fireworks viewing (limited to 1,000 people; no alcohol allowed, but other beverages and food is OK).
Details: 360-676-2500, bellingham.com.
- The Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave., celebrates its sixth anniversary starting at 6 p.m. with a wild salmon barbecue (veggie option available), cribbage tournament, knot-tying contest and a nautical spelling bee. Sit around a bonfire, meet other kayakers and sailors and watch the fireworks. Cost: $12.
Details: 360-714-8891, boatingcenter.org.