Orcas is offering plenty of activities for visitors and locals alike during the week of July 4.
Washington State Ferries officials say to plan ahead for heavy traffic. They encourage customers to walk on instead of taking their vehicles. Paid parking is available at the Anacortes terminal. The San Juan Islands routes will operate on their regular summer sailing schedule for the July 4th holiday.
Wednesday, July 3
The annual fireworks show will start at dusk at the Deer Harbor Marina. Viewing is only allowed from the pier and beach.
Thursday, July 4
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 by 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 event. To donate your antiques, artworks or gift certificates, contact James Lobdell at 376-4287 or the 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 Odd Fellows are having a Rock and Soul fundraiser dance to help raise money for its Community Giving Fund.
The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10. It will feature music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and include video performances from Woodstock, Cream, Concert for George and more.
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.
Extremely limited seats are available, front and center for the big show. The Funhouse Commons will provide an unobstructed view on the Farish private property across from Outlook Inn on the water side. Enjoy comfy seating, a throw blanket to keep you warm, and hosted beer and wine service. The cost is $50 per seat with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the Funhouse’s key programs: mentoring, after-school, teen night, and education. To reserve your VIP seating, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a Beer Garden fundraiser prior to the big show. The Funhouse Commons is offering beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages sponsored by the Lower Tavern. Pick up a hot chai to take to your spot, or stay for a beer or a glass of wine from 6 to 10 p.m. Homemade pie will be available by the slice. Must be 21 or older to enter. Proceeds support the Funhouse.
Saturday, July 6
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.
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.
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 at 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. Proceeds fund local programs such as scholarships for graduating seniors.
Check out the offerings from local merchants at the Orcas Farmers’ Market at 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.
Community Band will play at the head of the July 6 parade. They will begin approximately at 10:30 a.m. with the parade start at 11 a.m.
George Post, long-time islander and founder of the Exchange, will serve as Grand Marshal. The festivities will go down North Beach Road and Main Street in Eastsound starting at 11 a.m.
Fireworks donation containers are located at Island Market, and spare change (or more) is appreciated to help pay for the fireworks.
For more info, contact the chamber office at 376-2273 or email@example.com.
Beatles tribute act Abbey Road LIVE! will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Orcas Center’s main stage.
Tickets are at www.orcascenter.org. Read more about this dynamic group on page 11.