A doozy of a Fourth

This weekend’s Independence Day celebration in Point Roberts is going to be a big one. From a pancake breakfast and flag-raising event to the evening fireworks, it’s going to be a Fourth of July packed with fun.

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.

Stay after you’ve eaten for Point Roberts parks and recreation district’s flag-raising ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the community center.

Members of the Point Roberts Volunteer Firefighters association will open 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. 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, a super slide and live music.

A last minute addition to the Fourth of July offerings, Craig Jacks and the Nuevo Jackalopes and Los Gitanos flamenco dancers will be performing at the community center. The event will run from 5 p.m. until sundown and will include a barbecue and a beer and wine garden, with a meal and a beverage for under $10. A suggested donation of $5 will go to support the Point Roberts Arts and Music Festival, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary the first weekend in August.

Stay until dusk for the fireworks display over the marina, which Pier Restaurant manager Tamra Hansen said will be double what it’s been in years past.

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