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Arlington prepares for annual festivities

The Arlington Fire Department’s well-polished antique engines always put in appearances during the city’s Fourth of July Grand Parades. - File Photo
The Arlington Fire Department’s well-polished antique engines always put in appearances during the city’s Fourth of July Grand Parades.
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ARLINGTON — The Marysville Strawberry Festival wrapped up in grand style for the year, but the city of Arlington’s Fourth of July celebrations are still ahead, and promise to feature both familiar favorites and a few new wrinkles this year.

On Wednesday, July 4, the morning kicks off with a $5-per-plate pancake breakfast at Haller Park, located at 1100 West Ave., from 7 a.m. to noon, courtesy of the Arlington Rural Fire Department.

The action starts with the Pedal, Paddle Puff Triathlon, which begins in Haller Park before mapping out a course that consists of 5.8 miles of biking to River Meadows Park and six miles of canoeing and kayaking down the Stillaguamish River, followed by a three-mile run. The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, whose registration runs from 8-9 a.m. in time for a 10 a.m. start. For more information, call 360-403-3448 or log onto

The Kiwanis Club of Arlington’s Scholarship Auction will also return to Haller Park, with silent auctions at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. followed by the live auction at noon. To donate items and help out graduating Arlington and Lakewood high school seniors in the process, call 360-435-5789.

A new activity this year is the “Old Fashioned Fourth” which will run from 1-7 p.m. in Legion Park, located at 114 N. Olympic Ave. The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce will be offering children’s games, relay races, food concessions, balloons, apple pie and more.

Children 12 years and younger are invited to precede the Grand Parade with the traditional Kiddies Parade, whose registration take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Public Utility District,  located at 210 Division St. The lineup and judging will happen at Frontier Bank, prior to the parade itself at 4:30 p.m. The Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics sponsor not only the Kiddies Parade, but also the Grand Parade, the latter with the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

The Fourth of July Grand Parade on Olympic Avenue commences at 5 p.m., but registration runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Public Utility District, and those who have not registered by 4:30 p.m. will not be able to enter.

For more information on either parade, call 360-618-7848, or log onto either or for application forms.

The action comes back to Haller Park for the Great Stilly Duck Dash at 7:30 p.m., whose rubber ducks will be launched into the Stillaguamish River from Lincoln Bridge, weather permitting. Cash awards of $5,000 will go to the first-place finisher, $2,000 to second place, $1,000 to third and $100 to the fourth- through 10th-place finishers. Tickets can be purchased at the Arlington Pharmacy or at Haller Park after the Grand Parade.  For more information, log onto

The Fourth of July fireworks display over the Arlington Boys & Girls Club will start around 9 p.m., shortly after dark, courtesy of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Arlington.

One week later, the Arlington Fly-In and Street Fair will draw locals and travelers alike to downtown Arlington and the Arlington Municipal Airport.

The Arlington Fly-In runs from Wednesday, July 11, through Sunday, July 15, while the Street Fair runs from Friday, July 13, through July 15.

The Fly-In will offer its “Kids Day” on Thursday, July 12, during which all children accompanied by adults are admitted for free. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and are set to include flight simulators, candy airplane making, face painting, helicopters, “Bubble Mania” and the Arlington High School Robotics Club.

On July 13, “Vintage Day” will showcase 1920s and ‘30s era aircraft at the airport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while live music is set to kick off at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, July 14, the Fly-In Car Show will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring planes, tractors and automobiles — the latter including antiques, classics and hot rods — with live music playing in the background all day. The aircraft judging awards will be presented at 5:15 p.m. and followed by a live performance by the Mukilteo Outrageous Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m.

The Fly-In’s multitude of events will conclude with the Saturday evening “Hot Air Balloon Night Glow” on July 14. Event organizers encourage attendees to arrive before 8 p.m. to pick up their tickets.

Shuttles will be available to transport people between the Fly-In and the Street Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 13 and 14, which features an open mic night from 4-6 p.m. on July 13, followed by an “Arlington Idol” contest at 7 p.m. Registration for the contest starts at 6 p.m.

On June 14, the Street Fair’s 10 a.m. Zumba session will lead into a magician performance at noon, country-western band Newt Bell at 2 p.m. and a Bad Company tribute band playing at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, June 15, the Arlington Police Department will have police cars for children to explore, as well as fire trucks from the Arlington Fire Department, on site for the Street Fair. They’ll also have large bouncy houses set up for kids entertainment. At noon, participants can expect a concert from Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band.

More than 100 vendors will be on site from July 13-15, all three days of the Street Fair. July 13 and 14, the fair will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while on July 15, it’ll stay open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Downtown Arlington Business Association website, at


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