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).
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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: haggen.com.
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: blainechamber.com.
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, schoonerzodiac.com.
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, nwsurfrider.org.