An Edmonds Kind of Fourth involves everyone | Chamber Corner

By Kelsey Foster | Apr 25, 2018

For 111 years, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the all-day celebration to commemorate America’s birthday: An Edmonds Kind of Fourth.

The old-fashioned festivities include a family friendly 5K and 1K race, two back-to-back hometown parades through downtown, great food and music and a large fireworks show.

In partnership with the chamber, the Edmonds Diversity Commission has worked over the last two years to make the 4th of July events inclusive for the entire community.

The Diversity Commission has marched in the parade the past two years with about 50 to 60 as part of their group. Their goal is to ensure that Edmonds is viewed as a safe and inclusive community for all.

“Our contingent included people from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, age groups, socio-economic status, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities,” commissioner Ed Dorame said.

“The first year we marched, we were surprised at the loud applause, smiles and thumbs up we received from many of the citizens along the parade route. It made us realize that most of the Edmonds community accepts and appreciates diversity.

“The second year we marched, we still had about 50 to 60 people march with us, but there were also two other big diverse contingents as well. There was a large LGBTQ group, as well as a Muslim group. It was truly inspiring to see these two additional groups and march alongside them.”

The Edmonds Diversity Commission has created a list of local resources and groups, and will extend an invitation for them to join in marching in this year’s parade, too.

“(We) hope to have our contingent grow in size in the Edmonds 4th of July parade in the coming years,” Dorame said.

This daylong celebration has grown to be a favorite of families in Edmonds and beyond, drawing a large crowd that grow in size each year. There is something for everyone with multiple events taking place from morning until after dark.

This collection of events wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of many sponsors and a grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation. Our business community steps up each year to help make this day happen for the citizens of Edmonds; we hope you join that ever-growing group of business owners.

Individual, tax-deductible donations can be made to “An Edmonds Kind of Fourth” through the Edmonds Chamber Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation at www.EdmondsChamberFoundation.org.

We have to thank the police officers of Edmonds and Woodway for their efforts and work to make the Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K runs possible and safe for everyone.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Here are all of the important details:

Edmonds 4th of July celebration, Wednesday, July 4

 

  • 10 a.m. Beat Brackett 5K and Baby Brackett 1K
  • 11:30 a.m. Children’s Parade
  • Noon: Main Parade
  • 2:30 p.m. Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition (City Park)
  • 6: p.m. Food Vendors and Evening Entertainment (Civic Field)
  • 9:15 p.m. Brackett’s Beard and Mustache Contest (Civic Field)
  • 10 p.m. Fireworks (Civic Field)

For additional information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 425-670-1496 or visit www.edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html.

 

 

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