Edmonds Kind of 4th parade update: Entrants, financial support needed

Parade goers are fascinated by a robot from local high school robotics teams in 2018. (My Edmonds News file photo)

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce says it is missing a key component to guarantee there’s a Fourth of July parade in Edmonds this year: entrants.

The chamber said in a Friday announcement that its skeleton crew has “worked furiously” since announcing its June 1 decision  to attempt to produce the parade and fireworks show, which were both canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The parade has many obstacles to overcome but the most important part of the parade – the number of groups marching in it – is what might cancel the 2021 parade,” the announcement said.

The chamber also needs donation to cover costs ranging from portable toilets to police holiday overtime, noting that it is facing “10s of thousands of dollars” on top of usual event costs to produce the Fourth of July events. While the chamber’s “An Edmonds Kind of Hero” campaign raised the necessary funding to keep the chamber alive through the pandemic, reserves still do not exist to cover these unexpected extra costs.

As of Friday, June 11, only 15 groups are registered to march in the parade. Normally the Edmonds parade boasts a hearty 80 – 100 entries. The extra expenses coupled with low entry numbers are forcing the chamber to consider whether it is feasible to move forward with the parade in three weeks.

“Ultimately a decision needs to be made on whether to call off the parade. In order to not lose valuable resources on equipment and supply deposits, the chamber needs to have a minimum of 40 registered parade entries by Monday, June 21,” the announcement said.

On the bright side, the chamber has secured enough volunteers for the day’s events, and ” is extremely grateful to everyone who stepped up and signed up to ensure that the necessary volunteer coverage is met.”

How you can help:

  1. If you are a part of a group, business or club that is on the fence about registering to march in the parade, please register ASAP. You don’t need to create a fancy float or have a large group of people marching. The chamber is encouraging the community’s 2021 high school grads, religious groups, non-profits, sports teams, neighborhood groups and all types of businesses to register.
  2. Donate to the Edmonds Chamber to help cover the unexpected cost increases of the day’s events. Even if the parade cannot happen, the 5K race and fireworks still require vendors, equipment and police overtime to produce.

Register to participate in the Parade here: www.EdmondsFourth.comDonate to the Edmonds Chamber here: edmondschamber.com/support-edmonds

Sponsor the day’s events here: https://bit.ly/3gf4qBt

4 Replies to “Edmonds Kind of 4th parade update: Entrants, financial support needed”

  1. The Chamber would like to clarify that any decision to cancel the parade will solely be based on the number of entries. While some costs have increased due to inflation and other factors, we are fully committed to moving forward and absorbing those costs.

    The City of Edmonds has bent over backwards to help us bring the events back, fast tracking the process for permit approvals. Each year we employ and pay for the police department to keep our streets and people safe during the festivities. I am grateful for the creative ways they schedule and bring in outside resources to meet the huge demand. The Mayors office and City Council have graciously contributed over the years to help offset and lower some of those security costs, which is always a welcome and appreciated gesture of support.

    Our intent is to light a fire under those who will march in the parade but are sitting on the fence and a challenge to the community to sponsor or donate to keep these events. The generosity and excitement of the Edmonds community is something to behold. We are honored to be a part of these important celebrations and traditions.

    Thank you to the Hazel Miller Foundation, Hubbard Family Foundation, Edmonds Chamber Foundation, City of Edmonds, Town of Woodway, Westgate Chapel, Salish Sea Brewing, North Sound Church, Barclay Shelton Dance Centre, our Edmonds Kind of Heroes and all those who have volunteered and supported!!!

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  2. That is quite a difference in entrants. We have 15 and it’s normally 80-100. I find this odd. Where did all the previous entrants from years past go??
    Anybody know?

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    1. Deborah,

      The issue is that many organizations and groups have not stayed connected through the pandemic. Many have lost touch and aren’t able to quickly gather the people or resources to march in the parade. A large portion of our parade was also cheer groups, marching bands, etc… The schools helped to coordinate these and since things are not 100% back open, they are not participating.

      We could use some more businesses or creative entries in the parade, I understand a close-nit neighborhood might enter and march as a group in the parade. Perhaps there are other neighborhoods or large extended families that want to march in the parade? We welcome everyone to enter.

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