Point prepares to celebrate Independence Day

A full schedule of events is being planned for this year’s Independence Day celebrations.

The day will begin with the third annual Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness group’s fundraising pancake breakfast at the community center. During the pancake breakfast the parks department is sponsoring a flag raising ceremony that will include the national anthems of both countries performed by the Point Roberts Winds.

The parade’s theme for this year is the Salish Sea, encouraging all participants to think about the history, ecology and beauty of our local waters.

Following the parade the Point Roberts Marina is hosting an afternoon of fun including a beer garden, outdoor barbecues, music and a family fun – including goldfish racing. The evening will end with a fireworks display and a laser light show.

July 4’s events at the marina will be a reprise of an all day party held for Canada Day on July 2.

This year the Arts and Music Festival will also be moving to the marina after 14 years at Lighthouse Marine Park. “This year the marina is offering us more of a venue than we’ve ever had before including a professional stage,” said organizer Craig Jacks. The event will be held on July 30 and 31.

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