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As usual, Anacortes abounds in activities on the Fourth. We've got it all: a town photo, a parade, patriotic program and fireworks to end the night.

Everyone should join in the town photo, to be taken at 10am at Commercial Ave at Fifth St. It’s a good way to get a feel for the community. 

That’s followed by the annual Fourth of July parade, presented by Anacortes women of today. Everyone is invited to participate. Participants should report to Second St and Commercial Ave. between 10 am and 10:45 am. You must be in line by 10:45.

If you’re not in the parade, be sure to pick a good spot along Commercial Ave. for the children’s parade, which starts at 11am, to be immediately followed by the rest of the parade.

The patriotic program is set at Causland Park for 12:30 pm. It will include speeches, children’s games, the town crier, music and food booths. Take your own picnic if you wish. There’s plenty of room.

Local artist and historian Bill Mitchell says his Save Our Shipwreck group plans a contest for best photo of fireworks over the Enchantress, with a $75 first prize. Call him at 293-3328 for more info. Bill isn’t no email for him.

Then, at around 10:30 pm, John Curtis of Bubba Sudz Car & Boat Wash is coordinating fireworks over Fidalgo Bay. The $20,000 fireworks will be set off near T Ave. and 30th St. Parking will not be allowed in the area for safety reasons.

The Anacortes Police Department have one reminder: personal fireworks are illegal in the city and a fine of $119 could be imposed for people caught setting fireworks off.

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