Oak Harbor celebrating 4th of July with a bang

This Sunday will bring out revelers from all over the island to celebrate the Fourth of July.

This Sunday will bring out revelers from all over the island to celebrate the Fourth of July, and the biggest party will be in Oak Harbor.

A smorgasbord of food trucks will be at Windjammer Park from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

There will also be a pop-up vaccine clinic at the park from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club are organizing a parade down Bayshore Drive that begins at 11 a.m.

The night skies will be lit up with fireworks after dark unless the county enters a Type II burn ban. The Island County Sheriff already called for a Type I burn ban, which restricts outdoor burning to recreational fires in approved fire pits only, to begin June 30 at noon. Pyrotechnics are not allowed during Type II burn bans.

Residents on the South End of the island can go to the 4th of July Jam at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market from noon to 3 p.m. Organizers ask attendees to maintain social distancing and refrain from rushing the stage.

The popular century-old Maxwelton July Fourth parade on South Whidbey is cancelled this year, as is the Freeland fireworks show, “Celebrate America,” that’s historically held on July 3. South Whidbey Assembly of God church organizes the fireworks show and announced the cancellation in March, explaining that there was not enough information about reopening guidelines at the time to plan for the event.

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