An Edmonds Kind of 4th

Thousands jam streets to celebrate country’s 241st birthday
By Brian Soergel | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel American flags and crowd-waving are essential to any Fourth of July parade, including in Edmonds. This entry in the main parade, a sweet 1966 cherry-red Ford Mustang convertible, was registered in honor of Irving Ocher. Ocher, the entry read, fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 78th Infantry Division.

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Under picture-perfect weather – temps in the low 70s – the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce pulled off another successful An Edmonds Kind of 4th, a patriotic stew of kids, floats, races, classic cars, fireworks and festive, energized and happy people.

It started with the Beat Brackett 5K competition. Lucas Lacambra was the overall winner with a time of 17:04. In all, 27 runners “beat Brackett,” a speedy gent (Brian Hanchett) dressed as Edmonds founder George Brackett, who clocked in at 20:36.

It didn’t matter who won the first-ever Baby Brackett 1K. All who crossed the finish line were winners, of course.

After that came the fun downtown, beginning with the children’s parade, where there were more kids and parents marching than you could wave a sparkler at. In fact, the Chamber’s Jan Nicholas confirmed what many guessed: It was the biggest in Edmonds’ history.

(So there you have it – Edmonds has finally shaken its old-person image. Or maybe there were just a lot of folks from out of town. Your call.)

Over at Civic Park, food, music and dancing ruled the rest of the day and night, where an overflow crowd camped out to soak it all in, including the traditional fireworks show.

In the inaugural Brackett’s beard and mustache contest, Charles Stout won for best mustache, Mike Lunn for most festive mustache and Jeremy Pollino for best beard.

It was hard to find a parking spot anywhere in town most of the day, and streets were clogged for more than an hour after the fireworks show finale. It helped that police were placed at strategic intersections to help guide the flow.

The float winners:


  • Most patriotic: Sherwood Flag Team
  • Chamber Trophy: Lynnwood Community Band
  • Mayor’s Trophy: Northsound Church, excellence in music production (also won last year)
  • Most original: Experience Momentum
  • Funniest: Edmonds Backyard Wildlife Habitat
  • Best Decorated: Washington Energy Service


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