Celebrate America’s Birthday with the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration
The annual Independence Day celebration features Whatcom County’s biggest firework display, plus live music, art show and family games
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — June 11, 2014 — Bellingham residents young and old will gather once again to celebrate Independence Day with the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration. This day-long annual celebration, presented by Haggen, Inc., the Port of Bellingham and Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will take place at Zuanich Point Park, alongside Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor.
“We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a full day of art, local music, family-friendly games and – of course – the spectacular fireworks display. It’s the perfect way for Bellingham to come together and celebrate both our community and our country, and we are proud to be a part of it for the 14th year,” said Clement Stevens, Co-president and Senior Vice President of merchandising & marketing at Haggen.
The festivities kick off at 11 am with free old-fashioned picnic games, from sack races to a water balloon toss. Art lovers will enjoy the art show at the Squalicum Boathouse from 2-6:30 pm. This juried show will feature local scenes and work by area artists, some of which will be for sale.
Jazz, bluegrass and dance bands will entertain the crowds with free live music from 2:15 pm until 10 pm on the back patio of the boathouse, thanks to long-time sponsor The Port of Bellingham. Hungry celebrants can refuel at several food stalls, including El Tapatio, El Capitan’s and Alpine Coffee Catering.
The July 4th celebration culminates at 10:30 pm with Whatcom County’s biggest fireworks display. This spectacular show is possible thanks to Haggen, who has been the primary sponsor of the Bellingham fireworks display since 1995.
Getting To and From the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration
While limited parking will be available at Squalicum Harbor, celebrants are encouraged to use the free passenger shuttles that will run from 11 am through 11 pm and pick up passengers at the Port of Bellingham’s Technology Development Center parking lot (located at the corner of Roeder and F Streets). 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. Alternative transportation, such as bicycling and walking, is also highly encouraged.
There will also be designated handicap parking on site. Caregivers will also be able to drop off and pick up handicap and elderly visitors in front of the Squalicum Boathouse.
Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration Schedule
11 am-5 pm – Olde Time Games
2-6:30 pm – Art & Photo Gallery (in the Squalicum Boathouse)
10:30 pm (or dusk) – Fireworks Show
Live Music Performances
2:15-3 pm –Bellingham Youth Jazz Band
Under the direction of Mark Kelly, The Jazz Project’s Bellingham Youth Jazz Band begins its 13th year. The BYJB provides middle and high school students the opportunity to learn America’s original art form from the masters.
4-5:30 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.
6:30-8 pm – 7 Second Window
7 Second Window covers songs from 3 Doors Down, Presidents of the USA, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Bush, Default, Black Crowes, Lit, Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows, and more—guaranteed to be a rocking good time.
9-10:30 pm –Yogoman Burning Band
Formed in 2006, Yogoman Burning Band fires up the often subdued and dark corner of the USA, lighting up crowds of all ages and taking to the streets with their infectious and engaging ska/soul brass band style. They have toured and shared the stage with likes of Iron and Wine, Geologic of the Blue Scholars, RJD2, The Cave Singers and Helio Sequence.
For more information about the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration, visit www.haggen.com/familyfourth or call the Port of Bellingham at (360) 676-2500.
Note to Editor- Photo credits: Port of Bellingham
Founded in 1933, Haggen, Inc. is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading grocery chains. The Bellingham, Washington-based company operates stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names. Haggen is dedicated to providing its guests with the best of the Northwest. For 80 years, it has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. Haggen is also deeply rooted in the communities it serves, providing support to local events and partnerships. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.
About the Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1911, the Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to its members. Its mission is to create a strong local economy, promote the community, provide networking opportunities, represent the interests of business with government and facilitate factually grounded dialogue with business.
About the Port of Bellingham
The Port of Bellingham is a countywide independent local government charged with pursuing economic development, environmental stewardship, operating transportation terminals and being a steward of public lands and resources. The port also operates most Whatcom County transportation terminals including the Bellingham Airport, Bellingham Cruise Terminal, the Fairhaven Transportation Station (with Amtrak, Greyhound and Whatcom Transportation bus service) and marinas in Bellingham and Blaine. About 250 businesses operate in Port real estate developments.