July 4th parade and fireworks canceled in Edmonds

No community interest in a virtual parade, says chamber president


Last updated 5/20/2021 at 10:31am

Brian Soergel

Meadowdale High School cheerleaders marched in the 2019 July 4th parade in Edmonds.

The July 4th parade and fireworks have been canceled for the second straight year in Edmonds, and we all know the culprit: the pandemic.

It's a big loss for downtown business, as a full day of activities for An Edmonds Kind of 4th usually draws over 18,000 people into the Edmonds core.

"It is not possible for the chamber to safely manage crowds under the published gathering restrictions by the state," said chamber President and CEO Greg Urban in a news release Wednesday.

"Furthermore, obtaining the necessary permit from the City was conveyed as highly unlikely. A suggestion came from the community to create a virtual parade, so the chamber reached out to 165 past parade participants to gauge interest. Only five were interested in participating. Our community loves a live parade, and 2022 will be the best yet."

The chamber hoped to move forward with hosting a fireworks show, Urban said, but the vendor who produces these professional shows lost staff capacity due to the pandemic and is not available to produce a show in Edmonds this year.

One traditional Independence Day event that will be held is the Beat Brackett 5K race.

Registration is open for runners and walkers to participate in the event. This year participants have the option of running in-person, or taking advantage of a virtual option.

Live, in-person runners will leave the starting line in groups of 15 (every five minutes) to provide extra space along the course. There will be a commemorative T-shirt and medals for winners.

Virtual runners get a commemorative shirt and choose their own start time/date and pick their route or follow one of the suggested 5K routes around Edmonds. Online registration is open through June 25. Register by May 31 to guarantee your shirt size.

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For more information and to register: http://www.BeatBrackett.com.

"The Edmonds Chamber extends our deepest gratitude for all the support the community has provided over the past year," said Alicia Moreno, the chamber's communications and program coordinator.

"From generous donations to the An Edmonds Kind of Hero campaign to businesses making their member dues a priority, the chamber can in turn continue supporting local businesses and is as eager as the rest of us to produce our beloved community events and festivities."

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