Independence Day celebrations are about to kick off in the islands, which means there will be plenty of barbecues and fireworks. On Orcas, there are activities both on July 4th and the following weekend. See the line-up below.
Wednesday, July 3
Deer Harbor fireworks show
The annual fireworks show will start at dusk at the Deer Harbor Marina. Viewing is only allowed from the pier and beach. The show is happening because of donations from the Deer Harbor community as well as the Deer Harbor Business Association.
Thursday, July 4
Historical Days Celebration
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is offering a day of celebration and activities on Thursday, July 4 starting at 11 a.m. on the Village Green. There will be games, activities, vendors, a beer garden and a hot dog stand.
• 11 a.m. Presentation of the Colors by the American Legion Color Guard and Flag Ceremony hosted by the Eagle Forum. Sing along songs, and patriotic quotes will be included in the program along with Max Blackadar’s scholarship-winning essay on his favorite Constitutional Amendment.
• 11:30 a.m. Live music presented by the Orcas Horns
• 12:30 p.m. The museum’s live auction fundraiser will have special antiques donated from local families and businesses. Auctioneer and high school teacher Mark Padbury will oversee the auction, which is a fundraiser for the museum. To donate your antiques, artworks or gift certificates, contact James Lobdell at 376-4287 or the Orcas Island Historical Museum at 376-4849.
From 12:30 on, there will be a procession of young talented musicians performing a variety of songs and styles next to the museum all afternoon while people are enjoying a bite to eat. Musicians are ALLmost Canadian Classic, Sasha Hagen, Maddie Jane West and friends, and other youth.
• 1:15 to 3 p.m. The Harvey Family Old Fashioned Logging Show.
• The fireworks display in Eastsound will start at dusk. Enjoy the view from Waterfront Park, where the Community Band will perform at 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 6
5k Fun Run/Walk
The Funhouse’s Annual July 4th 5K Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 on the Village Green and ending at the Eastsound Fire Station. The kids’ race is 1K. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration at http://funhousecommons.org/ is required to get a cool T-shirt.
Orcas Fire Pancake Breakfast
The annual breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds benefit the Orcas Fire Volunteer Association.
Lions Club Salmon BBQ
The annual Lions Club Salmon Barbecue is from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station. The menu includes smoked salmon or chicken with a baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and lemonade or iced tea.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for kids on the day of the event; advance tickets are $15 and $10. They will be available in front of Island Market on the weekend and from a booth at the Farmers’ Market. All proceeds go to fund local programs such as scholarships for graduating seniors.
Orcas Farmers’ Market
Check out the offerings from local merchants at the Orcas Farmers’ Market in the Eastsound Village Green, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: A Celebration of Sustainability” is the theme for the Orcas Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Community Parade.
George Post, long-time islander and founder of the Exchange, will serve as Grand Marshal. Participation in the parade is open to any Orcas group. The chamber – with the sponsorship of Island Market – is offering a $100 cash prize and two $50 Island Market gift certificates for the top three entries that most uniquely capture the theme of the parade. The festivities will go down North Beach Road and Main Street in Eastsound starting at 11 a.m.
Entry forms are available at the chamber office, www.orcasislandchamber.com, and at The Office Cupboard. Entry fees are $25 (nonprofit and community organizations) and $35 (businesses) per group regardless of number of people. The deadline to submit entries for the parade is Saturday, June 29.
Fireworks donation containers are located at Island Market, and spare change (or more) is appreciated to help pay for the fireworks. For more information, contact the chamber office at 376-2273 or email email@example.com.
Abbey Road LIVE!
Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical Beatles look-alike tribute act. This show is about bringing to life some of the more mature and complex Beatles material in a raw and spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings. The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Orcas Center’s main stage. Tickets are available at www.orcascenter.org.
Read next week’s Sounder for a Q&A with the band and more information on the concert.