You won’t be ‘board’ this 4th of July!
The central event in this year’s Old Fashioned 4th of July will be the official opening of the Blaine Skatepark at 2 p.m. followed by an afternoon of top flight boarding competition.
Otherwise the day will have the same traditional elements as before, starting with the 8 a.m. strawberry pancake breakfast at the Blaine senior center ($3.50, $2.50 for kids 12 and under).
The noon parade will go from F Street to Boblett Street on Peace Portal Drive. Parade participants are asked to stage up at the city parking lot at 3rd and G streets at 10 a.m. Peace Portal Drive will be blocked off between F Street to the north and Cherry Street to the south from 11 a.m. until the parade is finished.
Downtown streets will begin filling with classic cars that morning for the Show ’n Shine, and the vendors, musicians, kids activities and library book sale for the annual Street Fair open at 11 a.m. The Plover boat will make hourly runs from noon until 8 p.m. from Blaine to Semiahmoo and back, and a free Whatcom Transit Authority shuttle bus will be running all afternoon from downtown to the marina to make the connection easier.
Live entertainment begins after the parade with Gloria Dawn and Ten O’Clock Scholar at 1:30 p.m. The skateboard competition begins at 2 p.m. and ends around 6 p.m. with raffle prize drawings. Semiahmoo Resort’s annual Salmon Barbecue runs from 5 - 9:30 p.m. ($15, $10 for kids 12 and under).
The day ends, of course, with $13,000 worth of pyrotechnics going up in smoke. The first blast is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. Coordinator Pam Christianson asks people to remember “the technicians from Western Direct, the company we’ve used for years, won’t begin until it’s dark enough, which will be about 10:15 p.m. Don’t worry, though. Believe me, you’ll know when it starts.”