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Rockets red glare? Fourth of July tradition in peril

A burst of fireworks light up the night sky over Friday Harbor as part of the 4th of July celebration on San Juan Island in 2010.  - Journal file photo
A burst of fireworks light up the night sky over Friday Harbor as part of the 4th of July celebration on San Juan Island in 2010.
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A fitting end to any Independence Day celebration is to kick back and watch a colorful barrage of fireworks light up the night sky.

And, Friday Harbor is no exception. Or, is it?

The future of Friday Harbor’s annual 4th of July fireworks display is in jeopardy for lack of financial support, according to the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, the event’s primary sponsor. Each year the Chamber is responsible for raising the $15,000-plus needed to fund the fireworks show and is seeking community support to help pay the bill.

If your family or business enjoys the fireworks display, the chamber would welcome a contribution. Donate at Vic’s Drive In, or at any local business that’s a chamber member.

Donations can also be made via credit card, contact the chamber at 378-5240, or stop by the Spring Street chamber office; access the chamber PayPal account at, chamber@sanjuanisland.org, and its P.O. Box number is 98.

The chamber is also offering sponsorships, and the publicity that goes along with it. Businesses can become a sponsor of the fireworks show with a contribution of $1,000.Pearsons

In other 4th of July related news, longtime volunteer organizers of Friday Harbor’s annual Independence Day parade, Lin and Pam Pearson, owners of Petro San Juan, will hand over the event’s organizational reigns at the conclusion of the 2014 parade. The Pearsons have spearheaded the parade for more than a decade.

 

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