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Haggen Family 4th of July


Jul. 4th, 2015, 8:30 am


Zuanich Point Park & Squalicum Boathouse


The annual Independence Day celebration features Whatcom County’s biggest fireworks display, plus live music, family games, a beer garden and a national qualifying Hoop it Up basketball tournament.

Join us for the 15th year tradition of good old patriotic pride in the heart of Bellingham. This 4th of July we are partnering with The Port of Bellingham and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry again to bring you a spectacular display of fireworks.

The festivities kick off at 10am with the Hoop it Up 3 on 3 basketball tournament, open to 4-person teams of all ages. Teams should register in advance at the Hoop it Up website. Starting at 11am, enjoy a family-friendly assortment of old-fashioned fun and games like sack races, watermelon rolling and a water balloon toss. The main fireworks event is set to go off at sunset (approximately 10:30pm) so bring your family, gather your friends and we’ll see you at the best fireworks show in town. 

Parking & Shuttle

While limited parking will be available at Squalicum Harbor, celebrants are encouraged to walk, bike or use the free passenger shuttles that will run from 1pm through 11pm and pick up passengers at Bellingham Technical College located at 3028 Lindbergh Avenue. The drop-off point will be the TD Curran parking lot inside Squalicum Harbor. Event-goers will then use the promenade pedestrian path to reach the event site. 

There will also be designated handicap parking on site. Caregivers will also be able to drop off and pick up disabled and elderly visitors in front of the Squalicum Boathouse.

Event Schedule

10am-6pm – Hoop it Up Basketball Tournament

11am-5pm – Olde Time Games

11am-10pm – Vendor Booths

2pm-10pm – Beer Garden in Squalicum Boathouse

Noon-10pm – Live Music (full schedule below)

10:30pm (or dusk) – Fireworks Show

Live Music Performances

Noon-1:30 pm  Bellingham Youth Jazz Band

Under the direction of Mark Kelly, The Jazz Project’s Bellingham Youth Jazz Band begins its 14th year. The BYJB provides middle and high school students the opportunity to learn America’s original art form from the masters.

2:30-4 pm  Margaret Wilder Band

From headlining festivals and playing premier clubs to opening for heavy hitters like John Lee Hooker, this top-shelf rhythm and blues band from Northwest Washington fuses blues, rock and funk to create an infectious and unforgettable collection.

6-7:30 pm Motown Cruisers

This Bellingham  band is known for their lively presentation and upbeat blend of classic and contemporary Motown dance music of songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s that reflect the Motown tradition, from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Four Tops and The Temptations.

8:30 pm Full Metal Racket

The 133rd Army Band’s “Full Metal Racket” Rock Band is comprised of nine citizen soldiers from around the State of Washington who represent the dedicated men and women of the Washington National Guard.

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Photos from past Family 4th of July Celebrations



Photo Credit: Damian Vines courtesy of Port of Bellingham



Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth



Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth



Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth



Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth



Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth

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