Lopez Island has a special way of celebrating the Fourth of July. It has become one of Washington State's most treasured celebrations. Many come from all over the country to enjoy a "down home" themed parade and one of the most spectacular community funded fireworks displays you can find anywhere. From the Lion's Club Fun Run/Walk in the morning, the home town parade, library used book sale, and the spectacular evening fireworks, plan for a very full day! There is something for everyone to do and everyone can participate. See Fourth of July Details for more activities and details. See our Community Calendar for other activities over the holiday weekend.
The island rolls out the red carpet every 4th of July when they host what has become one of the "don't miss" events associated with the beautiful San Juan Islands. Make sure you plan ahead as it has, for good reason, become the busiest time getting to and from Lopez and lodging can fill up quite early in the year.
The day starts with a Fun Run/Walk. Beginning in the Village, there is a 5K route and a 10K route, as well as a short "1 Mile Romp". Prizes are awarded, but for the most part it is just a fun way to start the day. Sponsored by the Lopez Island Lions Club.
The Lopez Island 4th of July Parade is a long- standing tradition. Any organization or individual may participate. Entries can be elaborate (for Lopez) floats or simple costumes and posters. Visitors come from all over to view this unique small town event. The parade is sponsored by the Lopez Lion's Club.
The Friends of the Library sponsor a used book sale at the Lopez Center.
The day would not be complete without Fireworks, and Lopez is well known in the Northwest for its outstanding fireworks display. Following a tradition begun by Jim Scripps from his home on Charles Island, the Lopez Community Fireworks, Inc. was formed soon after his death by a group of dedicated community members who wanted to see the unique local shows continue.
This all-volunteer grass roots organization has provided Lopez with fabulous displays for the past 18 years. The volunteers include a number of local residents with pyrotechnical licenses who carefully select and even make some of the unique displays. The annual fireworks display is supported by donations and the sale of T-shirts and sweatshirts available at the Chamber office and local businessess. See also www.lopezfireworks.com.
Photos by Ann Palmer