Proud to be an Edmonds resident | Letter

Jul 31, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

It was a perfect Edmonds summer day for the Fourth of July Parade put on by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

This was the 107th year that the chamber, with the help of wonderful volunteers, has banded together to bring the community this wonderful celebration of our country’s history.

There are many who have a large hand in making this event successful that often don’t get recognized.

The Edmonds Police Department starts and ends the parade, and they bring their own special fun bringing laughter while keeping the crowd safe as well rallying the crowd at the end of the parade.

Their smiles are a fun and helpful contribution, adding to their rapport and enjoyment of the community fun.

Gratitude was expressed by various adult retirement communities who enjoyed the first live streaming of the parade handled by

The military donate their manpower to help set up and take down chairs, tables and all manner of equipment during the day to provide for the ease and enjoyment of the public.

One sergeant from the Army Reserve office in Lynnwood has returned to lend his hand for three years now.

The merchants that line the parade route get a huge thank you for their patience and tolerance the days before the parade when the public’s enthusiasm to have a front row seat makes itself evident when rows of chairs blocking the sidewalk mysteriously arrive.

We should all make it a point to shop from these kind businessmen and women that most likely suffer financially from the impediment to their establishments.

A tip of the hat to those residents whose homes line the parade route, and are good-natured about having their driveways shut down for half a day.

And a thank you to the residences of this and the surrounding communities who come out to share in the respect for the Fourth of July as well as the fun a small town can provide.

Whether it was the Fun Run, Children’s Parade, Main Parade or evening entertainment of music and fireworks, the day was enjoyed by all who volunteered their time, and those who lined the streets and filled the civic field and stadium.

I am both grateful and proud to be a part of this very special community.


Darlene Stern

Edmonds Fourth of July Chairman



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