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Fireworks conclude Fourth of July
ARLINGTON Spectators from several towns and cities surrounding Arlington laid out their blankets and set up their chairs in the areas around the Arlington Boys and Girls Club to watch the citys Fourth of July fireworks display kick off after 9 p.m.
Vicki Mulvany has lived in Arlington for the past decade, but only attended the citys Fourth of July festivities for the first time last year. She and her family enjoyed them so much that they invited her sister-in-laws family, the Prichards of Kent, to watch Arlingtons fireworks display with them this year.
We made sure to get here early this year, said Mulvany, accompanied by her husband, two daughters, her parents-in-law, her sister-in-law and her sister-in-laws family. Before, we always spent this time of year camping out of town. Now, I think this will become a new family tradition. I was really surprised that a little town like Arlington could put on such a huge show.
While the Mulvanys and Prichards shared slices of pie and sodas, the Gorr family reunited over popcorn and games of cards. Only one of Donna and Steve Gorrs three daughters is still living with them in Arlington, but they all came together to watch the evenings fireworks display.
Kellys graduated from the University of Washington and Erin is still going to school there, but they always come home for this, said Donna Gorr, who estimated that the family had attended the fireworks display for close to 20 years. We used to set off our own fireworks, but with this display, we didnt risk any little fingers. We see friends here that we havent seen in so long.
Robert and Hazel Hammond, who moved to Arlington from Everett half a dozen years ago, invited their son Chris and his family to the citys fireworks display a couple of years after discovering it themselves. Since then, Chris, his wife Destinee, his daughter Alycea and his son Christopher have turned out for the event, even though they still live in Everett.
They should have a donation box here, Robert Hammond said.
We get out the glow sticks and snacks for the kids, and they play with their friends from school, Chris Hammond said. It sure beats the traffic in Everett.
Theres less congestion and more families here, Destinee Hammond said.
You dont have to worry about some stranger taking your kids, Hazel Hammond said. Its nice and relaxing.
This years Fourth of July fireworks display was sponsored by the city of Arlington, Cascade Bank, North County Bank, Whidbey Island Bank, Angel of the Winds Casino, Bella Casa Cleaning Company, Islands Bakery, Oil Can Henrys and Weinerschnitzel.
Its a wonderful event, said Julie Morse, events chair and past president of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce, which presents the fireworks display. Its a great way to give back to our community, especially since its a family event and many of our business owners also have families in the community.