By Meg Olson
Point Roberts’ Fourth of July celebration keeps getting bigger. From the pancake breakfast to the fireworks, it’s a packed day celebrating the nation’s independence.
The Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness group will host the pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Gulf Road community center and wrapping up at noon. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids, which buys you pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee or tea while helping support work to prepare the community in the event of a major emergency.
Stay after you’ve eaten for Point Roberts parks and recreation district’s flag-raising ceremony to honor Independence day at 9:30 a.m. at the community center.
Members of the Point Roberts Volunteer Firefighters association will take over
feeding the masses for the afternoon, opening up their barbecue in the community center parking lot during the parade.
The parade, sponsored by the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce, starts at noon from Kiniski’s Reef Tavern and runs east along Gulf Road and down Tyee Drive to the marina’s overflow parking lot.
“Our theme this year is ‘celebrating your Point Roberts lifestyle’ – whatever is special to you about Point Roberts: kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating, fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking, gardening, backyard parties, etc.” said chamber president Heather McPhee.
Blues musician and actor Jim Byrnes has agreed to serve as parade grand marshal.
Leading off the parade this year will be the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, the world’s oldest continuous serving police pipe band. The band celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with a performance at Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard.
After the parade the festivities move to the marina where Pier Restaurant will have a barbecue, a beer garden and live music. Manager Tamra Hansen said the restaurant will have a giant inflatable super-slide to raise funds for Dollars for Scholars. “It’s the same fair we put on every year but bigger and better!” she said.
Hansen said thanks to generous donations from the new owners of the marina and from The Cottages at Seabright Farms, in addition to other local businesses and families, this year’s fireworks display will be double what it’s been in years past.
“It’s going to be spectacular,” Hansen said.