One of Blaine’s biggest annual events is quickly approaching.
Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July festival is the largest Independence Day celebration in Whatcom County, with people from all over the county as well as Canada coming to enjoy the food, fun and fireworks.
As usual, the festivities begin with a pancake breakfast at the Blaine Community Center from 8 to 11 a.m., sponsored by the Blaine Senior Center. Once visitors have had their fill of pancakes, they can head out into downtown Blaine, where a fleet of beautiful vintage cars will be lining up for the Show N Shine Care Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A selection of cars, ranging from classic museum pieces to custom-made hot rods, will be on display, with motorheads competing for trophies in eight different categories.
“Each entry will receive a little goody bag and a unique dashboard plaque,” said Carroll Solomon of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of these guys go to these shows just to collect dashboard plaques, and we always have really nice ones.”
The arts and crafts and food vendors will open their booths from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fourteen food vendors have already signed up for the event, with local favorites like the Hot Spot Barbeque and The Pizza Factory.
The massive 4th of July parade will begin its route around Peace Portal Drive starting at noon. Floats will sign up to march in the parade on the morning of the event. Last year, approximately 85 groups signed up for the parade, and Solomon expects comparable numbers again this year.
A daylong lineup of acclaimed local musicians will provide the soundtrack to the day’s events, starting at 9:30 a.m. with performances by the best of Blaine High School. The performance will feature standouts from the Blaine High School jazz and concert bands, and give students from the upcoming Drayton Harbor Music Festival a chance to show what they’ve learned.
The parking lot for the Pizza Factory will serve as the concert venue all day for acts such as Sanoma, Robyn & Ryleigh, R Factor 5 and perennial favorites Sabrina y Los Reyes.
Blaine’s iconic Plover Ferry will be taking visitors on scenic trips across the harbor to Semiahmoo from noon to 8 p.m. While there, guests can take part in the Salmon Barbeque at the Semiahmoo Resort from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
All of this will culminate with the big fireworks show in Marine Park, starting at 10:15 p.m. Get a seat early, or call 360/647-6176 to reserve a moorage berth and watch the festivities from your boat.
Several streets will be shut down for the duration of the festival, so Blaine residents should plan accordingly. G Street will be blocked off between Peace Portal and 3rd streets; H Street and Martin Street will both be closed between Peace Portal and Harrison; and 3rd Street is closed south of Martin Street to Boblett Street.