Grand Old 4th (of July) at Bainbridge Island (Seattle), Washington, USA

Celebrating American Independence Day -- a Grand Old 4th (of July) -- at the annual community celebration on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Celebrating American Independence Day — a Grand Old 4th (of July) — at the annual community celebration on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

The Grand Old 4th of July annual community celebration on Bainbridge Island (population 24,000 and a 35-minute Washington State Ferry ride across Elliot Bay from Seattle) is produced and sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, with the help of dozens of volunteers and a handful of loyal sponsoring businesses.

 

Four locals sing together throughout the year as a Barbershop Quartet, singing here at the Street Fair at the Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Four locals sing together throughout the year as a Barbershop Quartet, singing here at the Street Fair at the Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

We attended this year’s celebration with one of my college roommates (who lives on Bainbridge Island) on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.  This was a really classical all-American community celebration of American Independence Day and provided entertainment from sunup to sundown.  The celebration included a traditional pancake breakfast and an all day street fair with vendors offering food, hand-crafted art, local business and non-profit information booths, and talented young artisan vendors.  The Street Fair included more than 20 food vendors; international cuisines were well represented, with Peruvian, Thai, Asian fusion, Bavarian, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern choices.  During the day there were also foot races (to benefit Bainbridge Youth Services), the 2nd annual young artisan marketplace, a classic car show, a beer and wine garden, pony rides, a big purple slide, a fireworks show after dusk and, the most popular event – a mile-long hometown parade at 1 p.m.

 

The Street Fair included more than 20 food vendors -- international cuisine was well represented, with Peruvian, Thai, Asian fusion, Bavarian, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern choices; Gra

The Street Fair included more than 20 food vendors — international cuisines were well represented, with Peruvian, Thai, Asian fusion, Bavarian, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern choices; Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

We had the opportunity to enjoy the street fair, listen to a Barbershop Quartet sing old and new songs, and then eat excellent Malaysian fare while listening to a local band and watching young kids throw balls to dunk members of the Bainbridge High School water polo team in the dunk tank.  The highlight of the afternoon was the hometown parade (see photographs). All in all, a wonderful glimpse of old-fashioned patriotism and community spirit in America.

 

The “queens” of the local strawberry festival were early participants in the mile-long hometown parade, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

The “queens” of the local strawberry festival were early participants in the mile-long hometown parade, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

Bremerton Base (on a neighboring island) United States Submarine Veterans (mainly from World War II) had a float in the parade with a replica of the USS Bonefish submarine, Grand Old 4th

Bremerton Base (on a neighboring island) United States Submarine Veterans (mainly from World War II) had a float in the parade with a replica of the USS Bonefish submarine, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

This classic car was sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

This classic car was sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

Many locals came out and marched in support of climate action, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Many locals came out and marched in support of climate action, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

Part of the climate action group, this biker_s sign read “I bike for a healthier planet”, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Part of the climate action group, this biker’s sign read “I bike for a healthier planet”, Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

Your intrepid explorer and blogger with posters for sale at the street fair of the Grand Old 4th celebration on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA_

Your intrepid explorer and blogger with posters for sale at the street fair of the Grand Old 4th celebration on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

 

Legal Notices: All photographs copyright © 2017 by Richard C. Edwards. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Permission to link to this blog post is granted for educational and non-commercial purposes only.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Grand Old 4th (of July) at Bainbridge Island (Seattle), Washington, USA

  1. We love Bainbridge Island. It’s where our daughter and grandkids live. They love the parade. Looks like you’re having your usual fun.

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  2. Brings back many memories. My mothers family had a summer place on Bainbridge as did her sister and husband where I vacationed a few times  In the summer. Two cousins still live there. Population has exploded in the last couple of decades.

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