Letter to the Editor: July 4th Thank You’s

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Dear Editor:

It was a perfect Edmonds summer day for the Fourth  of July Parade put on by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. This was the 107th year that the Chamber, with the help of wonderful volunteers, have banded together to bring the community this wonderful celebration of our countries history.

There are many who have a large hand in making this event successful that often don’t get recognized. The Edmonds Police Department starts and ends the parade and they bring their own special fun — laughter while keeping the crowd safe as well rallying the crowd at the end of the parade. Their smiles, fun and helpful contribution add to their rapport and enjoyment of the community fun.

Gratitude was expressed by various adult retirement communities who enjoyed the first live streaming of the parade handled by My Edmonds News TV.com

The military donate their manpower to help set up and take down chairs; tables and all manner of equipment during the day to provide for the ease and enjoyment of the public. One sergeant from the Army Reserve office in Lynnwood has returned to lend his hand for three years now.

The merchants that line the parade route get a huge thank you for their patience and tolerance the days before the parade, when the public ‘s enthusiasm to have a front-row seat is evidenced by rows of canvas and folding chairs that mysteriously arrive, blocking the sidewalk. We should all make it a point to shop at the stores of these kind businessmen and women who most likely suffer financially from the impediment to their establishments.

A tip of the hat to those residents whose homes line the parade route and are good-natured about having their pathway out of their garages shut down for half a day.

And a thank you to the residences of this and the surrounding communities who come out to share in the respect for the Fourth of July as well as the fun a small town can provide. Whether it was the Fun Run, Children’s Parade, Main Parade or evening entertainment of music and fireworks, the day was enjoyed by both those that volunteered their time and those that lined the streets and filled the civic field and stadium.

I am both grateful and proud to be a part of this very special community.

Darlene Stern
4th of July Chair

1 COMMENT

  1. This is the second year the Floretum Garden club has participated. It’s been fun and it’s a great way to let people know the many things the club does including the planting of the corners and planting annuals in Hazel Miller Plaza in May and the planting of the city’s 140 hanging baskets in April. It’s a great home town parade. We appreciate all the work the committee of the Chamber of Commerce does.

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