Oak Harbor's explosive 4th
July 3, 2008 · Updated 7:46 PM
"The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their fun and festive Fourth of July Parade this Tuesday. The town tradition started more than 50 years ago. This year's grand marshal is Lawrence Doc Dykers, World War II veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Postmaster for Oak Harbor. Dykers has been active in the Oak Harbor community since his return from the military.The parade begins at Skagit Valley Community College with a fly-over of jets from NAS Whidbey. The parade routes then travels along Pioneer Way to Ace Hardware.The celebration at City Beach includes a carnival, food and community booths, live music and entertainment and concludes with a fireworks display.The Bellingham band Groove Merchants will play dance music in the evening of July 4, and Celtic musicians Eachdraidh will play from July 1 to July 4. SATURDAY JULY 1Carnival at City Beach: Davis Amusement Cascadia rides are available, plus arts and crafts, vendor and food booths open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eachdraidh: Live music near the gazebo from husband and wife Celtic-music group. Angel Simmons, harpist, and David Simmons, vocalist and songwriter, named their group Eachdraidh (awk-dree) after the ancient Scottish-Gaelic word for history.SUNDAY JULY 2Carnival at City Beach: Rides, food and booths open noon to 8 p.m. Eachdraidh: Live all day for audiences.MONDAY JULY 3 Carnival at City Beach: Rides, food and booths open noon to 8 p.m. Eachdraidh: Live shows all day.Pappy's Little Choo-Choo: Children ride around the park in cars towed by a decorated riding lawn mower.TUESDAY JULY 4Freedom Run: Registration for the 10 kilometer run, 5 kilometer run or 3 kilometer walk starts at 6:30 a.m. at Flintstone Park. The race begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $12 includes, which includes a T-shirt. Call Janice Anderson, 257-6438.Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast: All-you-can-eat from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the YMCA. Adults, $3; children under 12, $2. Proceeds benefit Armed Forces YMCA.Fire District No. 2 pancake breakfast: 7 to 11 a.m., Fire Station No. 22 on Taylor Road off Fakkema. Adults, $4; children 7-12, $2; six and under, free.Parade: Participants in the big event start to gather at 10 a.m. at Skagit Valley Community College. The Navy will do a flyover and the parade will start at 11 a.m. It will move along Pioneer Way and finish up approximately two hours later at Ace Hardware.Carnival at City Beach: Rides, food and booths open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.4th of July Ice Cream Social: 1 to 3 p.m., Oak Harbor Senior Center. Ice cream cones 50 cents; sundaes $1. Silver Tones play patriotic music. Open to public. Call 679-6620.Eachdraidh: Live shows all day.Children's Games and Activities: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Includes a magic show.Live Entertainment: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Woodward's Tae Kwon Do Academy, Lehua's Aloha Dancers and Auntie Flo's Hula Hut will give demonstrations. A jazz group will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pappy's Little Choo-Choo: 4 p.m. until dusk.Patriotic Music: Paul and Janell Gamlen will play patriotic music from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Dancin' Music: Live blues, rock, reggae and funk music from the Groove Merchants from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Fireworks: The extravaganza starts at 10 p.m. and ends at approximately 10:30 p.m."