Grand Old Fourth –– News And Event Schedule

Use fireworks with caution

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department advises islanders to leave fireworks displays to the professionals this weekend.

“Many individuals feel that a Fourth of July celebration is not complete without fireworks, and often purchase and discharge illegal fireworks,” said BIFD Chief Jim Walkowski in a news release.

“Unfortunately, many celebrations turn to tragedy when careless and inappropriate use of fireworks results in injury or fire.”

In 2003, the Bainbridge fire department responded to numerous fireworks-related calls, including a roof fire and a fast-moving brush fire that nearly consumed a home. Other departments in Kitsap County responded to aid calls involving serious injuries, including the loss of fingers and sight.

The discharge of legal fireworks is allowed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4 only. Legal fireworks include sparklers, fountains, spinning wheels, smoke devices and ground spinners.

The possession or discharge of the following illegal fireworks and explosives are not permitted on Bainbridge Island and are subject to seizure and citation:

• skyrockets

• bottle rockets

• chasers

• firecrackers or salutes

• cherry bombs

• “tennis balls”

• M-80s, M-100s or larger

• homemade devices

The department cautions that even legal and seemingly “safe” fireworks are still dangerous; sparklers, for example, can reach temperatures of 1,500 degrees F– the equivalent of a welding torch.

BIFD strongly recommends following these safety tips when using legal fireworks:

• Always have a responsible adult present when children are handling fireworks.

• Always wet the discharge and display area thoroughly before discharging any fireworks.

• Keep a water hose or extinguisher available at all times.

• Keep all fireworks away from homes, buildings and grass.

• Always light fireworks one item at a time.

• Always dispose of used fireworks by soaking them in a bucket of water.

• Never alter or experiment with fireworks.

• Never relight malfunctioning fireworks.

• Never discharge fireworks in a crowd.

• Never direct fireworks towards people or buildings.

Questions can be directed to the BIFD’s business line, 842-7686.

Emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

Avoid traffic this holiday

To keep traffic flowing smoothly over the weekend, the Bainbridge Island Police Department has organized the following temporary street closures and parking controls:

July 3 closures: Brien Avenue and Bjune Drive closed at 4 p.m. for construction of street fair booths. Winslow Way closed from Ericksen to Madison avenues. Access to Town and Country Market available off Bjune Drive at Winslow Way.

All closed streets will have parking restrictions during the times specified; vehicles left will be towed.

July 4 closures: Street closures and “No Parking” restrictions will be in force all day along Madison Avenue between High School Road and Parfitt Way, along Ericksen Avenue from Wallace Way to Winslow Way, and along Winslow Way from Madison Avenue to Highway 305.

New this year: Madison Avenue south of Wyatt Way to Bjune Drive will be closed to through traffic 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4. Local traffic will have access. A detour route will be in place on Grow Avenue to High School Road

Parking and public transit: On July 4, free parking and shuttle bus service by Kitsap Transit is available every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations on High School and Sportsman’s Club roads:

• Kitsap Bank parking lot

• Ace Hardware parking lot

• Woodward Middle School

• Sakai Intermediate School

• Bainbridge High School

Shuttles pick up and drop off at the Winslow Way/305 intersection, near the police station.

For further information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 842-3700.

Help recycle on the Fourth

The Bainbridge High School Earth Service Corps is working with the Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Disposal and volunteers to recycle cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin during the July 3 Street Dance and the July 4 Grand Old Fourth celebration.

Students and volunteers will be setting up recycling bins along the parade route, in the Town and Country parking lot and around the vending booths on Brien and Bjune Drive.

Event-goers should look for the green 80-gallon containers marked for recycling plastic No. 1-5, aluminum and tin cans.

Bainbridge Disposal is also providing a dumpster for vendors to recycle their cardboard.

Last year, islanders and vendors kept 2,500 gallons of recycled materials out of the landfills during the Independence Day celebration.

For information or to volunteer to help with the recycling efforts, contact Sharon at 780-9718.

Holiday events

July 3 street dance and BBQ: Bainbridge Downtown presents the 18th annual July 3rd Street Dance and BBQ, 6-11 p.m. July 3 in downtown Winslow. Get ready for an old-fashioned neighborhood block party with a Western twist. Events include 7 p.m. show by the Original Fenderskirts; family fun in the Kid Zone; carnival games and a climbing wall; the pie-eating contest; and youth music and dance performances. Town and Country Market will fire up the grill at 6 p.m., and lots of other food will be available. Information: 842-2982.

Grand old fourth celebration: “Hometown Hooray” is the theme of the 37th annual Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth celebration, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Winslow. The parade begins at 1 p.m. The day’s events:

• 7-11 a.m. Traditional Pancake Breakfast, Town & Country parking area

• 8 a.m. Race Around the Rock (kayak and bicycle event)

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Street Fair, in the T&C parking lot, and on Brien and Bjune Drives around Waterfront Park. Arts and crafts and food booths galore

• 9:15 a.m. Bicycle Event, with Helpline House/American Marine Bank, rides start and end at Village Shopping Center. 16-mile Poker Classic begins at 9:15 a.m., Five-mile Family Fun Ride at 9:30 a.m.

• 9:30 a.m. Run for Bainbridge Youth Services. One-mile Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by 5K Run/Walk at 9:45 a.m.

• 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Classic Car Show, American Marine Bank/Washington Mutual parking lots. Awards at noon

• 11 a.m. Community Sing Out at Bainbridge Island Senior Center

• 12-1 p.m. Live Entertainment with the Home Town Band – Winslow Mall, (across from American Marine Bank); for the 10th straight year, Jas Linford leads the American Patriotic 22-piece band

• 1 p.m. Mile-Long Parade – Madison Avenue and Winslow Way

• 2:15-4 p.m. Live Music at Waterfront Park stage, featuring the SoundWave vocal group. They perform favorites like “Blue Moon” and “Under the Boardwalk,” as well as some patriotic classics

Free parking and shuttle bus service is available from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: Kitsap Bank parking lot on High School Road; Ace Hardware parking lot on High School Road; Woodward Middle School on Sportsman’s Club Road; Sakai Intermediate School on Sportsman’s Club Road; Bainbridge High School on High School Road. Information: 842-3700.

fireworks paddle: See the Seattle skyline explode with patriotic colors as we paddle along Rockaway Beach and Blakely Harbor, 7:30 p.m. July 4. Free with your own boat. Information, boat reservations: 842-9229.

Steel Drum Band: Dance on the Parfitt Way waterfront as the Marina District sponsors a steel drum band, beginning right after the Grand Old Fourth parade and running into the evening. Free, next to Doc’s Marina Grill. Information: 842-8339.

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