July 4 celebration packed with punch
It may not be on a weekend, but Blaine’s old fashioned 4th of July celebration is scheduled to pack a punch with a full day of activities culminating with fireworks and the music of Bellingham’s headlining alt-country band Chuckanut Drive at Marine Park.
Events begin with an pancake breakfast at the Blaine Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon, a 4th of July parade along Peace Portal Drive at noon, Plover ferry rides from noon to 8 p.m. and the Show N’ Shine car display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. between H and G Street plazas on Peace Portal Drive.
Mid-afternoon and evening events include live entertainment including Bellingham classic rock band Walrus, country vocalist Shanna-Lynn, Blaine folk-rock band Ten O’clock Scholar, arts and crafts vendors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., library book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., salmon barbeque at 6 p.m. at Semiahmoo Resort, and finishing with a performance by Chuckanut Drive in Marine Park and fireworks starting at 10:15 p.m.
Expanded music line-up
Music organizer Glen Tuski said this year’s expanded music line-up is a result of donations from the Blaine chamber of commerce and Whatcom County businesses such as Silver Stag Knives of Blaine, Lighthouse Print & Design, BP’s Cherry Point refinery and Northwest Podiatrics.
“We’re really excited to have Chuckanut Drive,” he said. “We’re encouraging people to come down early for the fireworks and listen to the band until the show starts.”
Other musical performances include The National Anthem sung by Blaine vocalist Caleb Van Ryswick and O’ Canada, sung by Blaine resident Christina Alexander.
Parking and fireworks safety
Blaine fire marshal Jim Bleecker added that individuals are encouraged to leave their vehicles behind or park downtown as parking on Marine Drive will be limited.
“We also want to remind people that personal fireworks are not allowed on Marine Drive,” he said. “Not only does it detract from the other festivities but it is a protected marine area and it is illegal.”
• The Birch Bay Steering Committee has scheduled a fireworks clean-up day beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 5 at the C Shop in Birch Bay. Coffee, cocoa, area assignments and bags will be provided. Bring gloves. For more information about the July 5 clean-up, call Kathy Berg at 371-0171.
• Whatcom County’s environmental RE Sources group and the Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit watershed protection group, has scheduled their annual, post-Independence Day beach clean-up for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5 on the beaches of Cherry Point.
North Sound Baykeeper Wendy Steffensen said while the 4th of July is often a fun-filled day for many individuals, the day after finds local shores a mess with food wrappers, beverage containers and spent fireworks.
“Fourth of July debris can pose a major hazard for our shorelines and the wildlife that depends on a clean beach environment,” she said.
Participants should bring sunscreen and a hat for sun protection. Event organizers will supply water, disposable gloves, and trash bags.
To help clean up Cherry Point, meet at Cherry Point’s Gulf Road access.
For information or directions to Cherry Point, call RE Sources at 733-8307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th of July event, call 360/332-4544.
Blaine Harbor guest moorage berths are available by calling 360/647-6176.