2018 Blaine's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Parade

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    Richard Martin

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    NOTE: I am adding this event announcement, because I have not seen anything about the Blaine “Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration” and parade posted here yet. (Their poster is still not ready), and I am a big supporter of positive things in Blaine!! It is NOT put on but us, but we are participating and I wanted you to know about it! NWEP does not represent the Blaine Chamber of Commerce. Please see the link below:

    Blaine WA Chamber of Commerce site 4th of July activities

    If you would like to come walk with NW Emergency Preparedness in the parade, or simply want more information about our non-profit, free educational group, see the end of the post for more information.)

    Entry in the Parade:
    Parade entry/float line-up is on 3rd street (in Blaine) starting at the Edaleen Dairy shop and winding around 3rd street and behind the library at 9am to 10:30am (earliest, to get a place in line), judging is at 11:00am, and the parade itself begins at 12 noon and the parade concludes at approximately 1:30pm, depending on where in the entry line you are situated. (See the Blaine Chamber of Commerce website for the parade entry form, policies and a map of the route through Blaine.

    Please see the below link for celebration activities:
    Blaine WA Chamber of Commerce site 4th of July activities

    After the parade, there are food and craft vendors, the annual classic car show, live music, free Plover Ferry rides, various other activities, and then a beautiful fireworks display over Drayton Harbor at about 10:15 (sundown)! This has in the past been described as the biggest fireworks display in Whatcom County! (Numerous portable restrooms are available.) The brand new Blaine Visitors Center (next door to the new Starbuck’s) should be open that day as well!

    NorthWest Emergency Preparedness NOTE:
    You are NOT required to “join” NWEP (which is already a free non-profit group) to walk in the parade with us, but you are always welcome to! We promote community education in (EP) emergency preparedness (that is highly suggested by ALL emergency response entities), and also community fun and support. Nothing more!

    NWEP is an informal community resource for learning about regional hazards (like earthquakes, flooding, wildfire)—and also man-made hazards, making emergency kits and family plans for responding in the event of an emergency situation. This is about awareness, and is a fact-supported, emergency responder encouraged effort to educate on a real, important subject. We have information to help kids, teens, adults, those with disabilities and senior community members. Don’t forget your pets, too! From a family that has experienced Hurricane Katrina firsthand (the catalyst for this group), we also encourage people to participate in community assistance efforts, which are essential to area resiliency. Our schools do fire drills, just in case. There is a reason for it.

    NorthWest Emergency Preparedness (NWEP) is a non-profit emergency preparedness educational group supported by volunteers. We are again walking in this year’s 2018 Blaine Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade! We will have a 13 foot tall float/visual item and various graphics this year to symbolize our logo, the 4 prime essentials of preparedness (water, food, shelter and first aid/physical care), and also credible resources for information.

    We won 2nd place in the Judge’s choice for the Specialty category in our first year of entry in the parade, and last year won first place! If you enjoy watching the parade, you may really enjoy actually walking IN THE PARADE and handing out candy to the onlookers!

    Don’t just SEE the parade, be IN THE PARADE! If you’d like to learn more about NWEP or just come walk in the parade with us, contact me at myNWEP@gmail.com so we can make sure we are prepared to receive you!

    Richard Martin
    director, NWEP

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