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Independence Day Parade returns to Maxwelton for 96th edition

It’s almost time for the 96th Annual Maxwelton Community Independence Day Parade. The parade, hosted by members and volunteers of the Maxwelton Community Club, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 4 at Maxwelton Beach.

There is a new traffic configuration on Maxwelton Road for this year’s parade.

Registration for entry numbers begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Maxwelton and Swede Hill roads, which is also where entries will line up for the parade start. The parade ends at the turn-in to the Dave Mackie Park boat ramp, about a quarter-mile from the start.

Registrants should bring a short description of their entry for the announcer to read. There is no fee and no need to pre-register. Creative musical and walking entries, and kids of any age on bikes and trikes are welcome.

Entries promoting a political candidate or party are limited to one entry per candidate or party.

Vehicles are allowed in the parade, but with some restrictions. All vehicles must have the mobility and maneuverability to reliably and safely negotiate the sharp turns of the parade route and staging area. Vintage vehicles (50 years and older), as well as solar-powered vehicles, homemade go-karts and pedal-driven three- or four-wheelers, etc., are encouraged.

Non-vintage vehicles are limited to 5,000 pounds curb weight, the equivalent of a Ford Explorer or Chevy Tahoe.

Free parking will be available in the fields behind Maxwelton Farm, thanks to the generosity of the Teel and Vander Pol families. Early arrivals and vehicles with disabled parking permits can park at Dave Mackie Park and shelter.

When Maxwelton Farm parking is full, overflow parking with shuttle service will be available at the Little Brown Church on the corner of Maxwelton and French/Sills roads. Shuttle service after the parade and games will continue until 3:30 p.m. No parking will be allowed on Maxwelton Road south of the Little Brown Church or on Swede Hill Road.

Maxwelton Road will become a one-way street southbound to Swede Hill Road from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a pedestrian and bike lane on one side.

Following the parade, Maxwelton will be one-way northbound with a pedestrian/bike lane. Anyone wishing to go in the opposite direction should use Swede Hill Road during those hours. Access below Swede Hill will be blocked from 1 to 2 p.m.

Sack races, three-legged races, sprints for various age/gender categories and an all-comers egg toss will be held after the parade.

The parade is looking for more volunteers; anyone willing to help can call 579-2030 or e-mail MaxweltonClub@whidbey.com.

 

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