Edmonds 4th of July update: Chamber to host Beat Brackett 5K race but no parade or fireworks this year

Beat Brackett runners along 5th Avenue in 2018. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

Those hoping to celebrate An Edmonds Kind of 4th in 2021 can enjoy the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Beat Brackett 5K as usual the morning of July 4. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions and other logistical challenges, the parades and fireworks are postponed until 2022, the chamber said.

Registration is open for runners and walkers to participate in the 2021 Beat Brackett 5K. This year, participants have the option of running in-person or taking advantage of a virtual option. In-person runners will leave the starting line in groups of 15 (every five minutes) to provide extra space along the course.

Real-time participants will receive an RFID timed race bib and commemorative t-shirt, and there will be medals awarded to winners. Virtual runners get a commemorative shirt and can choose their own start time/date — and pick their route or follow one of the suggested 5K routes around Edmonds. Online registration is open through June 25. Register by May 31 to guarantee your shirt size.

For more information and to register: www.BeatBrackett.com. Beat Brackett 5K sponsorships are also available by contacting Alicia Moreno, the chamber’s communications and program coordinator, at alicia@edmondswa.com.

The full day of activities for An Edmonds Kind of 4th — including a children’s parade and main parade — usually draws over 18,000 people into the Edmonds core. Given the restrictions of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Phase 3 reopening guidelines, the chamber said it is unable to produce the parades this year.

According to the chamber’s Wednesday morning announcement:

It is not possible for the chamber to safely manage crowds under the published gathering restrictions by the State; furthermore, obtaining the necessary permit from the city was conveyed as highly unlikely. A suggestion came from the community to create a virtual parade, so the chamber reached out to 165 past parade participants to gauge interest. Only five were interested in participating. Our community loves a live parade and 2022 will be the best yet!

The chamber said it had also hoped to host a firework show, but the vendor that produces these professional shows lost staff capacity due to the pandemic and is not available for a show in Edmonds this year.

“The Edmonds Chamber extends our deepest gratitude for the all the support the community has provided over the past year,” Moreno said. “From generous donations to the ‘An Edmonds Kind of Hero’ campaign to businesses making their member dues a priority, the chamber can in turn continue supporting local businesses and is as eager as the rest of us to produce our beloved community events and festivities.”

After joining the Beat Brackett 5K in the morning, the Edmonds Chamber encourages everyone to enjoy their small, outdoor gatherings, and also suggests perhaps watching past parade videos on My Edmonds News — and “continue to help stop the spread of Covid-19 so that we can all celebrate like its 2019 again!”

 

9 Replies to “Edmonds 4th of July update: Chamber to host Beat Brackett 5K race but no parade or fireworks this year”

  1. Why didn’t Mayor Nelson tell the county executive and his medical bureaucrat , and Governor Inslee and his medical bureaucrat that we are tired of this game and are going back to living the life guaranteed by virtue of being free born Americans? This thing has run it’s course in most other states and that it is still going on here is a very bad joke.

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  2. That’s ridiculous. With a 0% outside transmission rate. Just saw that on the news. Everyone is being subservient to fear tactics. With a 99.7% survival rate.

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  3. Remember, this is a Chamber event, not a city event. The Chamber may have other reasons – like limited funds or ability to organize it – to decide not to do the rest of the event. (So apropos Matt’s comment, WMS could be part of the reason the merchants and Chamber can’t do the 4th.)

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    1. ” The Chamber may have other reasons – like limited funds or ability to organize it – to decide not to do the rest of the event.” This comment may be accurate, so why didn’t the city just tell us the truth? The chamber’s Wednesday morning announcement made no mention that Walking Maine Street would have to be held for one day only, or canceled for that weekend, as the parade has always been on a Sunday.

      Everyone knows the Chamber was requesting financial help, since they were not able to host the Taste of Edmonds. It is not a secret and it is not embarrassing, it is simply the truth. When did it become acceptable to fabricate the reason for any activity? This bad habit is showing up everywhere in our country, and the ‘unbelievers’ are multiplying daily. If you want us to ever believe you, tell it like it is. Edmonds is full of folks who are intelligent critical thinkers, and will not fall for half-truths or interpretation of the facts that are not substantiated by data, honestly interpreted.

      Now this is a true statement…” It is not possible for the chamber to safely manage crowds under the published gathering restrictions by the State; furthermore, obtaining the necessary permit from the city was conveyed as highly unlikely”. However, this quote itself presents the ongoing issue about telling the truth.

      Why is Washington State still in lock down? Lots of responses, but not much truth today. If a crowd is a crowd, why was Walking Main Street approved by the city, and not challenged by the state? This is a hypothetical question, think about it, what is the difference besides the number of people in the crowd. One infected person can do a lot of damage, no matter the size, if the people in the crowd are not vaccinated, and we are vaccinated aren’t we, or if not willing to take the risk?. Will we ever get back to normal? Only if we tell the truth!

      Bette .

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  4. Chamber thank you for putting this event on, when it looked like other options were not possible, you still came through with a better solution for 4th of July then just NO. The race will be great! come out and support

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  5. Now that the State will be fully open by the fourth of July (earlier if more people got vaccinated), I wonder if the Chamber will have a chance to change their minds on this.

    At least a small parade would be amazing.

    Plus with all fireworks banned I’m Snohomish county hopefully some cities will be putting on fireworks shows.

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  6. I believe this was a good decision. We forget that children under the age of 12 can not receive the vaccines at this time and the parade draws many families with children. There is so much good news about the pandemic that we can forget about our most vulnerable people — the young children. Someday soon, this will be over and we can go back to everything we did before the way we did it before. Till then, I think this was a responsible decision.

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