Parade to follow alternate route due to street project
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:13 PM
ARLINGTON Arlingtons Fourth of July will be a bit different this year, due to the reconstruction of Olympic Avenue. The rerouted parade is not the only thing that will make the Arlington Festival different.
The Kiddies Parade and the street fair are cancelled and, with no car show at Pioneer Park, and no carnival in the city parking lot, it will be a quiet festival.
But there will be a day full of fun activities in Haller Park as usual, with the Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon starting at 9:30 a.m. as usual. Volunteers are needed and a new coordinator would be welcome, according to Bill Blake, who rallied to the cause last year. Pancakes will be served by the Arlington Heights Fire District No. 21 as usual, and the Rotary Club of Arlington will be pounding the park, and the new parade route, selling lucky ducks for the 20th annual Great Stilly Duck Dash, offering another million dollars to the really lucky duck, and $5,000 to the fastest duck to race down the river.
The parade will continue, on a different route, with line-up at Haller Middle School, it will proceed north on French Avenue to Division Street. Presented by the Cascade Valley Hospital & Clinics, registration forms are now available at The Arlington Times, The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce office and at the hospital.
Fireworks on the Fourth of July will be released at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club again this year. Sponsors are still needed to help pay for celebration of our independence, with opportunities for publicity ranging from a notice in the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Telephone Directory as well as in the special section for the festival presented by The Arlington Times, and in later editions during the event as well.
The Experimental Aircraft Associations Fly-In will go on as usual this year and is offering a special tribute to veterans along with the traditional display of war birds and other historic military planes that look right at home at Arlington Airport due to its history of service to this community.
The Arlington Festival is a great fun family event that brings together the community and visitors. While it will be different this year due to the street project, it will continue to serve the community as a reason to get together and have some fun in honor of our Independence Day.