Haggen 4th of July Celebration

For nearly two decades, the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Haggen Food and Pharmacy, and the Port of Bellingham have joined forces to create one of Bellingham’s most popular summer events: the 4th of July Celebration at Zuanich Point Park. The event kicked off in 1995 and has since become a beloved community tradition for Bellinghamsters of all ages. The day-long festivities culminate with a fireworks show over the harbor.

The KidsZone—a great place for little ones to burn off some energy—opens at 2 p.m. and features activities from Inner Child Studio, a resource that encourages healthy and educational play. Heady Virtual Reality will bring headsets for kids to experience the fun and games of the virtual world. Kids can also interact with Bellingham Circus Guild performers or have their faces painted by the wonderful artists from Chelle Beautiful.

The beer garden, sponsored by Boundary Bay Brewing Company, also opens at 2 p.m. Kick back and relax with a cold one while the kiddos enjoy their time in the KidsZone. If you’re looking for a snack to pair with your brew, head to one of the event’s many food vendors. Simmering Tava, Pizza’zza, and Jalapenos are just a few of the food trucks you’ll find at this year’s celebration. After a late lunch or dinner, cool off with a shaved ice from Kona Ice.

Music kicks off at 2:15 p.m. with a performance from the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band. Stick around to hear The Springmans, a band from Langley, B.C., who will perform their setlist of kid-friendly songs starting at 4 p.m. Lemon Creek is a cover band primarily inspired by female pop and rock performers from the last four decades. Catch their performance starting at 6:30 p.m. The final act of the night, Full Metal Racket, begins at 9 p.m. and ends just before the fireworks show.

Parking can fill up quickly at Zuanich, so the Chamber is offering a free passenger shuttle from the parking lot of Bellingham High School. The shuttle, which runs from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., will drop passengers off in the CityMac parking lot. From there, it’s only a short walk to the event site.

2600 N Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham

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"The day-long festivities culminate with a fireworks show over the harbor."