Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Erica Garcia sits next to her grandson, Grayson Jagger, 3, and holds Matthew Jagger, 8 months, during the parade. Charlotte Watson, 2, and Ella Allison, 9, sit nearby.

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times Erica Garcia sits next to her grandson, Grayson Jagger, 3, and holds Matthew Jagger, 8 months, during the parade. Charlotte Watson, 2, and Ella Allison, 9, sit nearby.

Fabulous Fourth

Hundreds of people lined the streets in downtown Oak Harbor Wednesday to watch the annual Fourth of July Parade, which was sponsored by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor.

It was a spectacle of Americana. Various clubs, groups, politicians, businesses, police officers, firefighters and members of the military marched or drove down the route. There were floats galore. Children scrambled for candy. A couple of EA-18G Growlers and a search-and-rescue helicopter flew over the parade, to the delight of many youngsters.

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown was this year’s grand marshal. He and his wife waved at the crowds from the back of a fancy car.

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                RE/MAX Acorn Properties handed out 10,000 flags in the parade

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times RE/MAX Acorn Properties handed out 10,000 flags in the parade

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                A search-and-rescue helicopter from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station flies overhead.

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times A search-and-rescue helicopter from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station flies overhead.

Photos by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Hundreds of people lined the streets in downtown Oak Harbor to watch the annual Fourth of July Parade.

Photos by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times Hundreds of people lined the streets in downtown Oak Harbor to watch the annual Fourth of July Parade.

More in Life

WWII veteran: ‘In your tears, remember me’

In the coming generations, stories of World War II will only be… Continue reading

Pumpkin pie is elementary

Plant the pumpkin, bake the pumpkin, eat the pie

Operation Christmas Child kicks off

Beginning Nov. 12, locations throughout Whidbey Island will be collecting shoebox gifts… Continue reading

Arts events slated across Whidbey Island

Uncommon Threads, 15th Annual Whidbey Weavers Guild show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday,… Continue reading

Fort Casey gets scary for Halloween

Haunted Fort event will be a scary good time

Dying at home topic of Oak Harbor author’s new book

With more Americans living longer and aging in place, more also want… Continue reading

‘Octette Bridge Club’ deals tough love

At Whidbey Playhouse, sisterhood cracks behind the well-coiffed facade

Moran Constitutional Relay 2018

Snap! I felt a pop at the back of my knee as… Continue reading

Photo provided
Halloween Happenings

There’s plenty of spooky things to do on Whidbey

Sharing her passion for rowing

‘I have always loved being on the water’ — Cece Aguda

Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News Group.
                                <em>Cornet Bay Company owners Arnie and Joanne Deckwa stand with their new seafood line of sauces. In the background, painted on their RV is the company’s logo depicting Cornet Bay, the view across from their office.</em>
Walmart picks up Cornet Bay Co.’s sauces

Though it’s been producing and selling gourmet sauces, dressing, seasonings and dips… Continue reading

Museum debuts history tour

Fundraiser combines talks, walk and wine tasting