By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
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Independence Day celebrations planned across the North Olympic Peninsula will offer parades, fireworks, picnics and plenty of red, white and blue.
Three fireworks shows will light evening skies — on Friday in Port Angeles and Neah Bay and on Saturday in Forks.
A full schedule of events will appear in the Friday edition of the Peninsula Daily News.
Here are some highlights:
The Port Angeles Fourth of July Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.
The route begins on Lincoln Street near the Clallam County Courthouse, heads north, and turns west at First Street, ending at South Valley St.
Those lining the streets for the parade will start by looking up as the Diamond Point Swift Formation Team flies overhead.
The parade will be followed by concerts at City Pier.
At about 10 p.m., a fireworks show sponsored by Wave Broadband, will flare over Port Angeles Harbor.
The Sequim City Band will host its annual free Independence Day Celebration at the James Center for the Performing Arts, 563 N. Rhodefer Road at 3 p.m. Friday.
Tyler Benedict will direct renditions of such patriotic music as “America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward, “American Flourish” by Robert Smith, the “National Emblem March” by E.E. Bagley and the band’s tribute to servicemen and women of the audience, the “Armed Forces Salute.”
The Sequim Rotary will sell hot dogs and drinks at the James Center, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Visitors are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, sunglasses and hats.
For more information, visit www.sequimcityband.org.
The Neah Bay parade and fireworks shows will be held Friday.
The celebration includes a street fair, face-painting, games for the children, “and fireworks like all get out,” according to the Neah Bay Chamber of Commerce.
The parade will begin at noon, and the fireworks show will begin at dusk on Front Beach.
Forks Old Fashioned Fourth of July is a three-day celebration packed full of events, including a breakfast, salmon bake, pie-eating contest, fun run, horse shoe and cribbage tournaments, two parades, drag races and a demolition derby, crowned by Saturday night fireworks.
The Forks Fireworks Display will be held at 10:20 p.m. Saturday at Tillicum Park after a full day of events at the park.
New this year is the Forks of July SK8 Jam, a skateboarding competition and exhibitions, all day Friday at the Tillicum Park Skate Bowl.
The Kiddies Parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. Friday at C Street and Forks Avenues.
It will be immediately followed by the noon Grand Parade, which begins at the G Street intersection and continues down Forks Avenue.
A demolition derby will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Tillicum Park Arena. Entry to the derby costs $8.
West End Thunder's drag races will be held at Forks Municipal Airport on South Forks Way on Saturday and Sunday.
Port Townsend will celebrate American music — particularly fiddles at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.
The “Fiddles & Fireworks” concert won't have any fireworks, but fiddlers from across the world will perform at the McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park.
For information about the festival, ticket prices and schedules of performances, see www.Centrum.org.
No public fireworks are planned in Port Townsend this year.
The Quilcene Historical Museum will hold an Old-Fashioned Picnic Party on Saturday.
The party will be at 11 a.m. at the Linger Longer Meadow, 151 E. Columbia St.
The Brinnon Community Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, includes a fire department fundraiser, at Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101..
Food will be available for sale, and activities include children's activities, raffles, live music and karaoke and an open mic.
A community yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, also at the community center.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at firstname.lastname@example.org