By Lauren Thompson For The Enterprise
If you’re looking for a community Fourth of July celebration in South County, your options are, well, limited. Fortunately, the Edmonds Fourth of July events promise to have enough patriotism, community spirit and old-fashioned fun to go around.
“We’re going to show people Edmonds hospitality,” said Ron Clyborne, Fourth of July chairman for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber has been putting on the celebration, much of which takes place at City Park at Third Avenue South and Pine Street, for 103 years.
As reported in the June 16 edition of the Enterprise, the cities of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace have nixed their events this year due to budget constraints.
The day in Edmonds begins with a five-kilometer fun run at 11 a.m., an hour later than most years due to July 4th falling on a Sunday this year.
The run is followed by a children’s parade at 12:30 p.m. — though Clyborne encourages families to come early to register — and a main parade through the streets of Edmonds.
Other activities include “traditional family activities” at City Park, said Clyborne, and a live band in the evening. “Everyone just dances and has a good time,” Clyborne said.
The night ends with — what else? — a fireworks show, located at the Civic Stadium at Sixth Avenue North and Bell Street, though the display will be visible from many places in the city.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to entertain not only the Edmonds community, but everyone from the surrounding areas, and give them an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration,” Clyborne said.
All the events are free, though the Chamber of Commerce accepts donations on behalf of the Edmonds Chamber Foundation. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Edmonds Chamber Foundation through the website, www.edmondswa.com/09fourthofjuly.html; by mail to P.O. Box 146, Edmonds, WA 98020; or by phone at 425-670-1496 ext. 3. Applications for participation in the parade and fun run are also available through the website.