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Another fun Fourth on the way - Parade, entertainment, fireworks and more planned for Friday

By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald

Live entertainment, a parade, food, family-oriented activities and fireworks will fill the day Friday during Enumclaw's Stars and Stripes Fourth of July celebration.

The day's activities kick off at noon with bells ringing on the main stage, which will be in the parking area behind the Chamber of Commerce office on Cole Street. Again this year, the community will participate in the nationwide Let Freedom Ring program. Community members are invited to bring their bells and ring them to open the ceremonies. The Calvary Presbyterian Handbell Choir will help out and also play a couple selections later in the program. Enumclaw High graduates Laurel Kittleson and Sara Rackley will sing patriotic songs, the Rev. Mike Johnson will provide the invocation, Mayor John Wise will say a few opening words and local veterans will cut the cake to honor the nation's birth.

Afternoon activities for the kids start around 12:30 p.m. The fun includes arts and crafts, inflatable toys and more. There is a nominal charge for kids activities. Kids are also encouraged to bring their bikes and decorate them to ride in the parade.

Due to downtown construction, the parade heads down Railroad Street this year at 4 p.m. Participating will be bands, floats, politicians, car clubs and horses, just to name a few.

At dusk, it's time to spread a blanket or flip open a lawn chair at the King County Fairgrounds for the fireworks.

Entertainment is scheduled on the main stage all day. Each of this year's performing bands has local ties.

After Kittleson and Rackley finish up their session, Some By Sea is scheduled to take the stage from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Some By Sea is an indie rock group made up of EHS graduates Chris DuBray (1998), Eino Holm (1999) and Auburn High graduate Rachel Bowman.

Savoy Swing, with EHS graduate Gretchen Spindler, takes the stage from 2 to 4 p.m. Savoy Swing, led by Enumclaw's Jon Belcher, draws its inspiration from Benny Goodman's quartets and sextets. They perform music from artists like George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington. Savoy Swing has appeared at numerous West Coast jazz festivals including the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the San Juan Island Jazz Festival and the Earshot World Jazz Festival in Seattle, and were among the featured performers at the Safeco Field opening.

Boomerang closes out the downtown activities starting right after the parade and playing to around 7:30 p.m. Boomerang plays a variety of popular dance standards from the 1950s to today's hits. The foursome features Charlie Martin, Victor Dru, Steve Teasley and Rich Budinich. Locals may have caught them over the years at the Buckley Eagles, Four Seasons lounge and Phoenix Saloon.

Due to the support of the city of Enumclaw and several local supporters, the parade, entertainment and fireworks are free.

The non-profit event, however, does ask for residents support in the form of donations at various locations to help cover costs and ensure next year's event.

Plateau residents can get into the spirit by picking up buttons at local businesses or from Jim McClean and other volunteers in front of QFC and Safeway. Each $2 button earns a chance to win a random prize donated by a local business. The buttons, along with T-shirts, help cover the costs for entertainment and fireworks, which are free. T-shirts are available for $10.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at bsexton@courierherald.com

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