The city of Edmonds is trying to launch a Fourth of July comeback, but right now the annual parade desperately needs participants; otherwise, the century-old tradition will have to wait until next year.
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With three weeks to go before the Fourth, the streets of Edmonds are already looking very patriotic.
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for its annual Fourth of July festivities, and since they began in 1907, the parade has been only been canceled twice. But now, the beloved tradition is in jeopardy.
“People missed it last year and people really want it to come back, but we need people to be in the parade to have a parade,” Edmonds Chamber of Commerce CEO Greg Urban said.
According to the chamber, the parade would typically have 80 to 100 entries. Currently, only about of quarter of that number has signed up.
“Feels like I’ve been boxing an octopus. Five months of planning in four weeks is very intense,” said Urban.
Urban said motivating typical participants has been challenging this year.
“Organizations haven’t been meeting for this last year, year and a half, and they’ve lost touch. They don’t have connections to all their volunteer groups. People are kind of spread to the wind,” said Urban.
In order for the show to go on, the chamber needs 40 entries committed by Monday, June 21. Living within the city limits is not a requirement.
“We really want people to think outside of the box. We’ve got a very tight-knit neighborhood group that’s talking about just having the neighborhood put in an entry into the parade and walk as Spruce Street,” said Urban.
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Didn’t get to walk at your high school graduation? Have a cool car to show off? They want you in the parade.
It’s rumored that Edmonds’ own travel guru, Rick Steves, is going to be the parade’s grand marshal this year, and this time the fireworks supply is booming.
Typically, the city launches about 550 shells, but this year, they’re upping that to 900.
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