With much uncertainty, the town’s annual celebration for the Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July is still a bit up in the air.
What is canceled?
Do to COVID-19 restrictions the following events were canceled by the traditional event sponsors:
- 4th of July Parade
- Demo Derby
- Art Show
- Moonlight Madness
- Lions Club Salmon Bake
- Kiddies Play Day
- Cribbage Tournament (may be held at another date)
- Frog Jump (may be held at another date)
A few activities are still scheduled to happen. The Fireworks Show will happen as usual on the evening of the 4th. The fireworks are larger and are expected to go much higher than the usual style that is set off in Tillicum Park each year. This larger style should be view-able from most neighborhoods in town.
Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July, Quillayute Valley School District, Fire Department and City collaborated on the fireworks show. They will be fired from the southern corner of the Bus Route/Loop. The higher elevation may allow for better viewing.
There will be NO ONSITE VIEWING – Closing following streets/areas: West E Street before QVSD Practice Field/WEYL Fields; Camas Street at School property; Elderberry Street at chain-link fence; and Elementary school, parking lots, fields; Spartan Field and Stadium; WEYL Fields; QVSD Practice Fields; Access points from Spartan to parking lots.
The areas will be patrolled – FD, PD, Cadets, Volunteers; Properties walked by volunteers immediately after show to remove “hots” and exploded bits from the show. Properties will be walked again on Monday, July 6.
Live-streaming is also being considered.
The Horseshoe and Sacks Tournaments are set to happen on Saturday and are pre-registry; the Lions Club was considering a To-Go Salmon Bake but decided with no parade or demo-derby it would be encouraging people into the Park. They hope to be back next year.
Static displays of trucks, the 4th float, and other items may be placed on display around downtown.
The West End Youth League Fireworks stand has been placed next to Tillicum Park, by the train and will be open July 1- 4 from Noon to 8 p.m. Support WEYL!
The Elks are planning a drive-through breakfast on the 4th instead of the normal sit down breakfast they usually host. On the menu will be scrambled eggs, links, biscuits, sausage gravy, hashbrowns, pancakes/butter and syrup, with coffee or juice. There will be no substitutions, but items may be left out if desired.
The cost will be $10 for teenagers and adults, $8 for seniors and children under 12. Come on down to the Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd., Saturday, July 4 from 8-11 a.m. and pick up this tasty tradition.