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2016 Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration


Jul. 4th, 2016, 9:00 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 a 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.

Hoop it up Logo

The festivities kick off at 11am with the Hoop it Up 3 on 3 basketball tournament (packet pickup begins at 9am), open to 4-person teams of all ages. Teams should register in advance at the Hoop it Up website.

Register your team for 3×3 Tournament

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 CityMac 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

11am-6pm – Hoop it Up Basketball Tournament

11am-5pm – Olde Time Games

11am-10pm – Vendor Booths

12:30pm-10pm – Live Music (full schedule below)

2pm-10pm – Beer Garden in Squalicum Boathouse

10:30pm (or dusk) – Fireworks Show

Live Music Performances

12:30-1:30pm  Bellingham Youth Jazz Band
  Chris Eger Band
5:30-7:30 pm – Baby Cakes
8:30pm-Fireworks – Washington Army National Guard “Full Metal Racket Rock Band”

BWCCI logo letterhead

port of bellingham logo

Photos from past Family 4th of July Celebrations


Fireworks at Port of Bham

Photo Credit: Damian Vines courtesy of Port of Bellingham

Image 1 from previous years event

Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth

Image 2 from previous years event

Photo Credit: Marie Duckworth

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