Fourth of July

Wondering what to do to celebrate Independence Day next Thursday? We’ve worked up a list of possibilities for you.

Husum parade and micro marathon

Come one, come all to the 12th annual Husum July 4 parade sponsored by the Husum Yacht and Canoe Club.

Come watch, or better yet, decorate yourself, your dog, your wagon, your bicycle, your first born, your yacht, or your Ural.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the north end of Husum and ends at the start line for the .1K MicroMarathon back to the Husum fire station.

The .1K MicroMarathon is open to anyone who dares to try it and it starts about 15 minutes after the parade. There will be a water station near the mid-way point of the race to help runners recover for the rest of the grueling course. And be sure to get into the group picture after the race.

Organizers are planning to have the traditional after-marathon hot dog feast at Wet Planet again this year, and they still have a few of our famous HYCC T-shirts that will be on sale.

Celebrate the 4th in White Salmon

The Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual White Salmon Community 4th of July Parade & Celebra-tion in the Park on Thursday, July 4.

Begin with the parade at 1 p.m. led through downtown White Salmon by grand marshal Bill Werst and end at Rheingarten Park where there will be live music by Harmony of the Gorge and The Gorge Winds Band.

Food vendors and kids’ activities will add to the festivities. VIP seating will be provided under the tent for veterans and their spouse/guest.

For more information, contact the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce at 509-493-3630, or at execdir@mtadamschamber.com.

Mill A Parade on July 4

The 19th annual Mill A Independence Day parade will be held on Thursday, July 4.

SDS Lumber Company is again sponsoring the parade. Registration and line-up will begin at 9 a.m. at the south intersection of Jessup Road and Cook-Underwood Road.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. There is no charge to enter. An old-fashioned picnic will be held at Mill A School following the parade.

Floats, motorcyclists, marchers, horse and riders, bicyclists and musicians are all welcome! All vehicles and horses/riders must have valid proof of current liability insurance.

Children under 16 participating in the parade must have an adult accompanying them.

For more information, directions to Mill A or to download a registration form, visit millaparade.weebly.com.

DIY Fireworks At The Port

The night of July 4, the Port of Klickitat will play host to the annual do-it-yourself fireworks event at Bingen Point.

With the assistance and cooperation of the cities of Bingen and White Salmon, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 13, and several other volunteers, the Port continues to provide a safe location for residents to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks as it has since 2004.

“We want everyone to have a good time without putting themselves or others at risk,” said Port Administrative Assistant, Margie Ziegler. “That’s why we remind visitors that alcohol, drugs, weapons, pets, and illegal fireworks are prohibited, minors must be accompanied by an adult, and the use of fireworks is strictly limited to the hours of 8pm to 11pm on July 4 and only in the designated area (see map). We also ask participants to dispose of spent fireworks in the dumpsters and trash receptacles provided at the event site.”

The Port prohibits the use of fireworks anywhere on its properties except during this event when it allows visitors to use legal fireworks in Sailboard Park. Though the Port provides a location and coordinates the volunteers that help support the event, it neither puts on a traditional fireworks show nor controls how visitors set off their fireworks.

“It’s a strictly do-it-yourself affair,” said Port Executive Director Marc Thornsbury. “We provide the venue, but attendees are expected to use their fireworks safely, courteously, and responsibly.”

Washington law (Chapter 70.77 RCW) regulates the use of fireworks and permits many common types including fountains, Roman candles, shells, mortars, and sparklers. However, not all fireworks sold are legal to use.

“Each year a few people purchase bottle rockets, firecrackers, missiles, M-80s, M-100s, or sky rockets mistakenly believing that if they can be purchased, they are legal to use,” explained Thornsbury.

However, because federal and tribal laws are not as strict, it is possible to legally purchase certain fireworks on federal or tribal lands, then drive across an invisible line only to find the same fireworks illegal to possess or use. Unfortunately, many only find out when they arrive at the event and have these items confiscated.

State law makes it “unlawful for any person to discharge or use fireworks in a reckless manner which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person or damage to the property of another.”

Violations of state statute, county ordinance, or Port regulations can result in citation and/or removal from Port property.

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