With sunshine bathing the city, Anacortes celebrated Independence Day with traditional small-town style — and no major incidents marred the festivities.
One of the biggest crowds in recent memory filled downtown for the annual Fourth of July parade after the town photo.
At the Patriotic Program at Causland Memorial Park, Wallie Funk showed off the Anacortes All-American City flag, which was presented to the city 50 years ago. Residents enjoyed the first Rock the Dock, which featured musical acts, activities and vendors at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, before a spectacular fireworks display over Fidalgo Bay — and under a nearly full moon.
The Anacortes Police Department received at least 30 fireworks calls between June 29 and July 6 — most were on July 3 and 4.
Police Chief Bonnie Bowers said officers handed out reminders that fireworks are illegal in the city limits at the parade. Officers confiscated fireworks, which will be taken to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island where the bomb squad blows them all up.
She said there were no major incidents and overall calls were down.
The Anacortes Parks Foundation is still accepting donations for the community fireworks display. Send checks to the Anacortes Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 1902, Anacortes, WA 98221. Or visit http://www.anacortesparksfoundation.org to make a donation using PayPal. For more information, call 293-1918.
Check out photos of the parade here.
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