Independence Day festivals in Whatcom County

Fireworks and festivals celebrate Independence Day across Whatcom County. If you’re looking for events on Saturday, July 4, try these:

Blaine’s traditional parade and celebration: Head to downtown Blaine for the annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration with daylong activities that include a pancake breakfast, a noon parade, an art and crafts street fair with more than 80 vendors, a book sale, a show-and-shine show, live music by Polecat, Sabrina y Los Reyes, The Atlantics and others, and plenty of good food.

Then ride the historic Plover ferry from Blaine to Semiahmoo Resort to watch the fireworks over Semiahmoo Bay at 10:15 p.m. The celebration continues Sunday, July 5, with a concert by the 133rd Army Band’s Full Metal Racket at 1 p.m. at Blaine’s Marine Park. Details: blainechamber.com.

Bellingham’s big festival: The Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration at Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Boathouse kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Hoop it Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament, open to 4-person teams of all ages. Family-friendly old-fashioned games like sack races, watermelon rolling and a water-balloon toss start at 11 a.m., and live music starts at noon from the back patio of the boathouse with the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, The Motown Cruisers, Full Metal Racket, and others.

Food vendors include Cicchitti’s Pizza, A Roasted Development, and Lindsay’s Crazy for Kettle Corn. The celebration culminates at 10:30 p.m. with the fireworks display.

Parking at Squalicum Harbor is limited, so celebrants are encouraged to walk, bike or use the free passenger shuttles that will run from 1 through 11 p.m. Pickup is at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. The drop-off point is the TD Curran parking lot at the harbor. People can then use the promenade pedestrian path to reach the event site. There will be designated handicap parking on-site. Caregivers will also be able to drop off and pick up disabled and elderly visitors in front of Squalicum Boathouse. Event details: Haggen.com.

Canned craft beer: Join the Yes, We CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. at J and Astor streets, next to Elizabeth Station, 1400 W. Holly St. Beer lovers and families are invited to the celebration of community, country, and award-winning breweries at the all-ages street festival that will feature beverages from more than 40 craft breweries, cideries and meaderies, plus live music from local bands Polecat and Wild Rabbit, as well as yard games, street food and Bellingham Circus Guild performers. Watch the fireworks over the waterfront at the festival’s conclusion. Tickets are $25; free for children 10 and younger. Proceeds benefit RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. Details: 360-733-8982, re-sources.org/yeswecan.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com. Read her columns at bellinghamherald.com/behind-the-scenes.