A day full of activities is slated for the Fourth, including a late night fireworks display over Fidalgo Bay.
10 am - Town Photo
The morning starts off with the town photo at Fifth St. and Commercial Ave. The Anacortes American shoots a town photo every year on the Fourth. Look for it in the newspaper.
11 am - Parade
The Fourth of July parade starts at the north end of Commercial Ave and ends at Causland Park, where there will be a patriotic program. The Skagit Valley Herald said Navy EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey will do a flyover during the parade.
3:30pm - Rock the Dock family fun
Free family fun, starting at 3:30 pm on the Fourth. This family-friendly holiday celebration features elements ranging from rood to children’s activities including a ‘bouncy house’ and opportunities to compete in sack races, wheelbarrow races and Frisbee tosses. DJ Mike Jenkins starts things off at 3:30 pm at Seafarers’ Memorial Park.
5:30pm - Rock the Dock live music
A little after 5 p.m. we’ll have a welcome speech from the Port's Executive Director Dan Worra and hear from Mayor Laurie Geer.
At 5:30, live music is scheduled on the outdoor stage, beginning with Bobby Holland and the Breadline, followed by headliner Massey Ferguson, a Seattle rock band.
The music of Bobby Holland and the Breadline is an up-tempo mix of rockin’ blues with a distinctly southern flavor.
Led by guitarist Bobby Holland and featuring former world harmonica champion Jim McLaughlin, the band features top notch musicianship, four-part harmony and a catalog of excellent original material which they combine with their own unique interpretations of blues standards.
In many ways, Breadline defies categorization as they move seamlessly from a standard like Muddy Waters “King Bee” to a rockin’ version of the Buck Owens classic “Hot Dog” and onto a bluesy take of Frank Zappa’s “Cosmik Debris.”
Massy Ferguson band
Massy Ferguson’s songs are steeped in the classic Americana of the Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks, and the Backsliders. Rich with imagery of highways, truck-stop coffee, whiskey, road-weariness, and bad motels, Massy Ferguson make cinematic roots music about the blue-collar aspects of our nation. This is what Jay Farrar might sound like without his thesaurus
Singer-bassist Ethan Anderson says the sound is Americana that leans more toward rock than country, and that's a pretty good description. Think Drive-By Truckers or some combination of Son Volt and The Hold Steady. Think Springsteen's "Greetings From Asbury Park" or "Nebraska." Those influences, 1970s Southern rock and good-time classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy, have also helped them to land gigs at festivals and clubs in Australia, Iceland, Germany, England and Mexico.
In addition to multiple food vendors, a beer garden will be hosted by the Anacortes Brewery.
10pm or so - Fireworks
Go early to grab your spot at the shoreside park and come prepared to stay for our community fireworks show at around 10:30 pm or so. Western Display Fireworks handles the John Curtis Memorial Fireworks show over Fidalgo Bay.
The Anacortes Police Department reminds city residents that personal possession and discharge of all fireworks are illegal in the city limits — that includes everything from sparklers to aerial fireworks. Officers are issuing $250 tickets. Sky lanterns are also prohibited.