COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to take a toll on popular seasonal activities, now including the Anacortes Fourth of July parade and related events. A cancellation notice regarding city-hosted summer events was issued Tuesday, stating in part: “The City has determined that the threat that large-scale events pose to the health of the community is too great. The City will continue to work on innovative alternatives to these events so we can connect even when we are apart.” The local parade is hosted by the Lions Club. In addition to the Independence Day cancellation, events that will not take place include the Kids Fishing Event, Bark in the Park, Kids R Best and the Art Dash. Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere suggested the possibility of an Independence Day celebration later in the summer.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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