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Highlights of the 2013 fireworks show in Bellingham, Washington on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Highlights of the 2013 fireworks show in Bellingham, Washington on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Fireworks, a parade, sailboat cruises and beach cleanups all revolve around local Independence Day festivities.

It’s a blast!

See traditional fireworks displays start at 10 p.m. on the Blaine waterfront near Marine Park and at 10:30 p.m. on the Bellingham waterfront near Zuanich Point Park. Both events culminate day-long festivities. Also watch a licensed pyrotechnical show at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road, Birch Bay (donations accepted but not required).

Jaime Berg, as known by her stage name Ms. B Hooping Allure, performs a hula hoop dance at Zuanich Point Park on July 4, 2012. Staff The Bellingham Herald
Haggen’s Fourth

Haggen Family Fourth of July Celebration starts at 9 a.m Monday, July 4, in Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Boathouse and features free activities throughout the day; plus a 3-on-3 basketball tournament ($100 team entry); vendor booths; traditional games such as sack races, water balloon toss and watermelon roll; live music; a beer garden; and fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Limited on-site parking. Free passenger shuttles run 1-11 p.m. between the park and Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Info:

Members of the Rodeo Cowgirls Drill Team entertain the crowd during the Old Fashioned Fourth of July parade in downtown Blaine in 2014. PAUL CONRAD For The Bellingham Herald

Blaine parade

Blaine’s annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration includes a parade at noon Monday, July 4, on Peace Portal Drive, plus a street fair with more than 80 vendors, a car show, live entertainment, Plover foot ferry rides and food. It’s all downtown and at Marine Park, where fireworks start at 10 p.m. Info:

The schooner Zodiac sails in Bellingham Bay in 2013. PHILIP A. DWYER THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Set sail

See Bellingham Bay aboard the historic twin-masted schooner Zodiac, which offers “day sails” over the holiday weekend, each with a salutory firing of the ship’s cannon and seasonal meals prepared in the galley by a chef. Passengers can help raise and maneuver the sails and take the helm under the captain’s supervision. Tickets start at $65 for adults, $45 for children (rising to $95 for the night of the Fourth). Ship departs from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Info: 206-719-7622,

Pat O’Connor, left, and Sharon Censale, right, pick up fireworks and other debris left on the beach from Independence Day festivities on July 5, 2014, in Birch Bay. EVAN ABELL
Trashy subject

Post-Fourth of July cleanups are planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, on the beach at Birch Bay; from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at Semiahmoo Spit and Locust Beach in Bellingham (light refreshments and cleanup materials; and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Lake Padden. Trash bags provided. Info: 360-371-5004, 360-778-7105,

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.