4th of July on San Juan Island
4th of July over Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

4th of July on San Juan Island

Maybe it’s because we didn’t actually become American until 1872, that we Islanders take our Independence Day so seriously. And by “seriously” I mean, we put on a wicked party, complete with parade, picnic and two firework displays and an evening of dancing our socks off. It’s a festive, fun affair for the entire family, bringing Islanders and visitors together, celebrating the rich history of our island and our nation. With the 4th falling on a Thursday this year, make a long weekend of it and come join us in the fun festivities.

 

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Everyone Joins in the Parade

10:30am - Parade & Pig War Picnic

We start Independence Day with an adorable small-town parade through quaint Friday Harbor, immediately followed by a Community Picnic at the corner of Spring and Price Stret (by the baseball field), where you can enjoy live music, the best BBQ in town, a pie eating contest and numerous, fun kids’ activities.

12:30pm - Roche Harbor Donut Eating & Log Rolling Contest

Meanwhile the cute historic resort of Roche Harbor on the north end of the isle is putting on its own party, which is so worth checking out. After the kids’ games at the Pool Lawn, there will be a donut eating contest at the West Lawn, followed by the not-to-be-missed Blindfolded Dinghy Race and a Log Rolling contest at the Wharf Building. If this is enough action for you for one day, have a lovely dinner at one of Roche Harbor’s restaurants and enjoy their fireworks at 10:30pm over the harbor.

6:00pm - Live Music at the port of Friday Harbor

Or return to Friday Harbor and start dancing to live music at the port, watch the sailboats bob and get ready for the most spectacular fireworks over the harbor around 10:00pm.  

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4th of July Beach Offers Lovely Viewing Opportunities

Insider Tip: 

Have a late night picnic on 4thof July Beach in American Camp and watch Friday Harbor’s and Lopez Island’s fireworks simultaneously from this serene pebble beach.