July 4th news from the Orcas Island Chamber

The Eastsound fireworks show is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, and the community parade is Saturday, July 6.

“We should have a bang-up show, all originating over the waters of Eastsound, starting at approximately 10 p.m.,” said Chamber Director Lance Evans. “The Community Band will be playing for those viewing from Waterfront Park. The chamber knows the annual pyrotechnics show is an event that attracts many visitors to the island and delights islanders of all ages.”

The cost of putting on a fireworks show has increased over the years. With stricter marine and Homeland Security regulations, higher costs of pyrotechnics and a launching barge, the total cost for the show is $17,000.

“Unfortunately, the chamber no longer can absorb the full cost into its operations budget, and we need your help to continue this grand island tradition,” Evans said.

There are three sponsorship levels: Gold ($500-plus); Silver ($250-$499); Bronze ($100-$249). You can donate at the Orcas Island Community Foundation’s website at https://oicf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1061, mail a check to the OICF, P.O. Box 1496, Eastsound, WA 98245 or email info@orcasislandchamber.com to sign up as a sponsor.

“We value every dollar received, even if you can’t join our sponsorship levels,” Evans said. “Even $10, $20 or $50 will go a long way to helping us keep this Orcas Island tradition alive.”

The theme of this year’s parade is Celebrate the Seasons on Orcas Island, and the grand marshals are Judy and Scott Whiting. It kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 6. Want to take part? Go to http://bit.ly/2019orcasparade for an application form or swing by the chamber office. A prize of $100 goes to the best entry and two $50 gift certificates from Island Market go to the runners-up.