Forecast calls for full day of Fourth of July fun

Published on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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Participants in the city of Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July event this year will be treated to a full day of live music, including Bellingham funk jam band Flowmotion, as well as an antique car show, community parade, salmon barbecue and pancake breakfast.

 “This is the only all-day event for the Fourth of July and the only parade in all of Whatcom County, which is what draws the big crowds,” said Carrol Solomon, president of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, the organization that is sponsoring the event along with the city. “We’re also excited to have Flowmotion perform this year.”

The day starts with a pancake breakfast at the Blaine senior center at 763 H Street from 8 to 11 a.m. with pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee and the annual Show ‘N Shine antique and classic car show beginning at 8 a.m. Registration is $10, and forms are available in front of city hall the day of the event.

The parade is scheduled to begin at noon.

Pre-registration is not necessary, admission is free and participants can download and print a registration form and bring it that morning.

“Anyone can be in it, sometimes we just have families with children on tricycles,” Solomon said. Visitors can enjoy a series of live music performances downtown starting at 9:30 a.m. with local singer and songwriter Kooch, followed by Stirred Not Shaken at 10:30 a.m., Sabrina y Los Reyes at 1:15 p.m. and Bellingham funk band Flowmotion at 3 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., JP Falcon Brady will perform at Marine Park just before the fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Individuals can bring their own blankets and chairs.

The Plover ferry will be making runs all day between Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo. Cost is $5 roundtrip. The ferry departs from Drayton Harbor on the hour and Semiahmoo on the half-hour from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A salmon barbecue is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Semiahmoo Resort.

More than 80 vendors have signed up for the arts and crafts fair, including woodwork, ceramics, jewelry and African art. Food choices will include Slim Pickens BBQ, Sugar N Spice Mini Donuts, Absolutely Nuts, Bay City Ice Cream, Muddy Waters Espresso and Mykes Shave Ice.

Children can enjoy pony rides, an inflatable house, face painting and miniature train rides. 

For more information, call 360/332-6484 or to download parade registration forms, visit