A centennial for the Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade

  • Fri May 8th, 2015 11:31pm
  • Life

Participants march in the 99th Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade in 2014.

This year marks the 100th Maxwelton Fourth of July parade, and organizers are extending a special invitation for float or walking entries from other South Whidbey clubs, associations, chambers of commerce and other community representatives.

The parade is 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at Maxwelton Beach in Clinton.

The Independence Day celebration has always been an event for the South Whidbey community, hosted by members and volunteers of the Maxwelton Community Club, according to a news release.

“For this special year, we want to encourage other communities to help us celebrate this island classic,” said Bob Brooks, parade organizer-in-chief.

All past parade grand marshals are invited to sit in the VIP area, share their parade experiences, and be recognized for their neighborhood contributions.

Creative musical and walking entries, and children of any age on bikes are welcome. For safety reasons, non-vintage vehicles are limited to 5,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (Explorer/Tahoe size); inquire about unusual entries and vehicles. There is a limit of one entry per political candidate or party.

Entry is free and pre-registration is not required, but organizers would like to know about any large entries.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Maxwelton and Swede Hill Roads. The short but lively parade ends at the turn-in to the Dave Mackie Park boat ramp.

Volunteer help is welcome and needed. Call the Community Club at 360-579-2030 or email maxweltonclub@whidbey.com for details.