Independence Day 2016 on the Point

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 from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

During the pancake breakfast, the parks department is sponsoring a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. that will include the national anthems of the U.S. and Canada performed by the Point Roberts Winds. A veterans honor guard from British Columbia will perform a drill and present the colors.

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. The parade will get started at the end of Gulf Road at noon and make its way along Gulf Road and Tyee Drive to the marina overflow parking lot.

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

Also following the parade, parks commissioner Doug Shier is organizing a community softball game at Baker Field. Beginning at 2 p.m. the game is open to all players, though targeted at adults.

“We have extra gloves and bats so no softball gear is required. Just show up,” Shier said.

This year the Point Roberts 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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