Little City by the Sea set to rock on the Fourth of July

KINGSTON — This year’s patriotic holiday in the Little City By The Sea will be filled with enough musical events to keep everyone dancing clear into the night.

Aside from the usual Special Fourth of July Farmers’ Market, Tiny Town and the old-fashioned parade, three different venues will be pumping out tunes from local and international acts this Sunday. Mike Wallace Memorial Park, the Main Street Ale House and the Kingston Skatepark will be hosting various entertainers, from DJs to Northwest legends, throughout the day.

But before stepping into those dancing shoes, the public is invited to fuel up at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club. Members begin the holiday with the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. at the clubhouse. Pancakes, sausage, ham, orange juice and coffee will be served and cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids ages 10 and younger.

Folks can walk off breakfast browsing the Fourth of July Kingston Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mike Wallace Memorial Park. While organizers will be hosting a market on Saturday, it will also be up and running Sunday with music and homegrown, homemade, fresh-off-the-farm produce and crafts. The market will also start up the day-long festival of entertainment with a performance from Nick Blue and Friends from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

But those who stay too long will miss out on a good seat for the longest-running Fourth of July Parade in the state of Washington. The theme this year is “Stars and Stripes Forever” and is expected to get under way at noon and when ferry traffic has cleared.

“The ferry waits — it’s the only thing the ferry waits for by choice,” parade organizer Karen Ross said with a laugh.

Following the parade, there will be numerous events that kids from ages 3 to 83 can enjoy.

The Kingston Revitalization Association will be holding a fund-raiser on Central Avenue with a ball race, similar to the Amazing Duck Race during Silverdale’s Whaling Days. Participants can purchase one ball for $1 or six for $5. The balls are numbered and will be rolled down Central Avenue. Whoever wins will receive a prize“It will be set up like an obstacle course, to add to some question as to who wins rather than just straight down,” Ross said.

Balls can be purchased from Ross by calling (360) 297-0316, from Margie Moore at (360) 297-6935 or by stopping in Kingston Nautical Supply in downtown Kingston.

Another change to the annual event is that the Kingston Fourth of July Music Festival has been relocated from behind the Main Street Ale House to Mike Wallace Memorial Park.

Organized by Coffee Exchange owner Annemarie Olson and put on by Gordon Sound of Silverdale, the line-up includes something for everyone:

• 1 p.m. — Stan Boreson — Norwegian accordion player

• 2 p.m. — J.P. Patches — Legendary kids clown

• 3-4 p.m. — break

• 4 p.m. — Miles from Chicago — Seattle-based classic rock and blues

• 6 p.m. — Dream Catcha — Australian pop band

• 8 p.m. — Jr. Cadillac — old school rock ‘n’ roll

In addition to the concerts at the park, the Main Street Ale House will host the band Peculiar Boogie from 1-5 p.m. followed by an open mic session.

At the Kingston Skatepark, local youth will be holding their own entertainment festival which is slated to start right after the parade. Several local bands will be performing, including Black Beat Blue of Kingston, Chet and the Penguins of Jefferson Beach and Sparse To Say the Least of Kingston with a DJ spinning between sets.

It’s just local bands getting together on the Fourth and having music for the youth, said Black Beat Blue guitarist and event organizer Chris Perez.

“They always have cover bands come down and play behind the Ale House ... but never any rock bands for the kids,” he said.

Nothing tops off a Kingston Fourth of July like a pyrotechnics show over Apple Tree Cove. Fund-raising by the fireworks committee will pay off at 10 p.m. as the colorful blasts glow over the waters of Kingston, marking the end of the 2004 Independence Day festivities.

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