Memorial Day festivities abound in Whatcom County

By Zoe Deal

Memorial Day weekend is upon us!

For Whatcom County residents who will not be up in the mountains this long weekend, there is an assortment of events near and far to pass the time, reconnect with loved ones and honor those who have died in military service.

The Whatcom County Memorial Day Parade returns on Saturday, May 25 with its recurring theme “Celebrating Our Communities, Remembering Our Heroes.” Since 1920, the parade has brought the community together to commemorate this federal holiday. Pull out chairs along Cornwall Avenue and North State Street to catch the parade at noon.

Stop by the Historic Fairhaven Festival on Sunday, May 26 at noon to hear the national anthem played, followed by a Memorial Day presentation and the Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drums. Craft and street vendors will fill the green, where there will also be a beer garden and family-friendly activities until 7 p.m.

Over 1,700 flags will line the pathways at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale for the 54th Annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 27 from 12 to 3 p.m. The highlight of the event is the remembrance ceremony at 2 p.m., followed by the unveiling of a new Vietnam War memorial. Kids will enjoy various activities and crafts, along with a dove release and live music from Mount Baker Toppers and Greg Otterholt.

Other unrelated Memorial Day weekend events include the Birch Bay Kite Festival and Ski to Sea festivities.

Ski to Sea kicks off on Friday, May 24 with a block party at Boundary Bay Brewery. With sunshine, the Beer Garden will host beer, BBQ, live music and “good vibes” starting at 5 p.m. Behind Boundary Bay, the alley will hold yard games sponsored by WECU.

To watch the action, see finishing racers at Bellingham’s Marine Park on Sunday, May 26.

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