Fun and fireworks combine at Celebrate America in Freeland
July 2, 2012 · 9:34 AM
Celebrate Independence Day with community, food, fun and music at Celebrate America on Tuesday, July 3 at Freeland Park.
Bring lawn chairs to Freeland Park and enjoy free activities and music before the fireworks.
A bouncy house for children is open from 2 to 7 p.m. Food vendors open at 4 p.m.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the roads around Freeland Park will close and shuttle service begins from the Freeland Park and Ride and Island Transit bus stop in front of Payless. The boat ramp will also be closed all day.
Baby Island will take the stage at 6 p.m. The local pop rock group was formed by Mark Buzard (guitar), Nick Dubesa (drums) and Eli Moore (bass and voice) on Whidbey Island in the fall of 2010. Moore’s wife, Ashley Eriksson, occasionally plays and sings with the band.
For more information about Baby Island, visit babyisland.bandcamp.com.
At 7:20 p.m., enjoy a fantastic yo-yo show with John Fox of Around the World Yo-Yo Entertainment. For more information, visit yoyoempire.com/index.php.
At 8:40 p.m., The Toucans take the stage. They are a dynamic four-piece steel drum band from Seattle. The have played for Boeing, Microsoft, REI, Weyerhaeuser and all around Pike Place Market, as well as across the state.
For more information, visit www.toucans.net/main_home.html.
At 10 p.m., the patriotic program begins with Kelsie Geer singing the National Anthem. Geer is an award-winning contemporary Christian singer/songwriter who is a 2012 graduate from CAM High School in Battle Ground.
The spectacular fireworks show over Holmes Harbor, set to patriotic music, concludes the evening at around 10:20 p.m. In previous years, about two-thirds of the cost was spent on the fireworks display that included 800 shells fired from a barge in Holmes Harbor.
For more information or to make a donation to help with the funding of this year’s event, call 221-1656 or visit www.swag-online.org.
For a private pyrotechnics performance, visit the Kiwanis of South Whidbey fireworks stand at Ken’s Korner.