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Cascade Valley Senior Living brought some patriotic rides to Olympic Avenue as part of this year's Fourth of July Grand Parade.

Arlington's numerous Fourth of July Pioneer Day events will return this year with a number of activities around the city including fireworks, the Rotary Duck Dash and the Grand Parade.

"It's very traditional and fun. There's something for everybody going on," said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington.

"It's just a lot of hometown charm and fun," she said.

Events also include the Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon, Foam 5K Run, Kiwanis Auction and the Stilly Beer and Wine Garden.

"It takes a lot of volunteers and local organizations who all help to put on these events," said Lopez.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast put on by Youth Dynamics that lasts from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Haller Park.

There are two races available in the morning as well, the Peddle, Paddle, Puff Triathlon which begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K Foam Run, which begins at 10 a.m.

"The foam run is like a bubble run. It's for all ages and less competitive than the triathlon," said Lopez.

Registration is at Haller Park and begins at 8 a.m. for the triathlon and 9 a.m. for the 5K.

The Arlington Kiwanis Club will also hold their annual auction fundraiser at Haller Park, beginning at 9 a.m. for the silent auction and 10:30 a.m. for the live auction.

The Kiwanis Club's mission is to support local youth and do so through scholarships and other projects.

The Hometown Fourth brings a number of kid's activities and games to downtown Arlington at Legion Park.

"It is pretty popular every year," said Lopez, and all of the activities are free.

It begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. and is being provided by Lifeway Church this year.

It's also located downtown "so families can spend some time downtown before the parades begin," said Lopez.

The Kiddies Parade down Olympic Avenue begins at 4:30 p.m. and any kids who want to enter can register at the local PUD office at 210 Division St.

The Grand Parade follows the same route through downtown and begins at 5 p.m. Registration is currently open online for that parade.

"People love the parade and they are lining up their chairs on Olympic Avenue two days before the event to save their spot," said Lopez.

Back at Haller Park the Arlington Runners Club is sponsoring a beer garden that will be open on July 3 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on July 4 from noon to 8 p.m.

Late in the day the Arlington Rotary Club will release hundreds of ducks into the Stillaguamish River as part of their annual Duck Dash fundraiser.

"People can watch the ducks flow in the water and see who wins the prizes," said Lopez.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

It is the local Rotary club's biggest fundraiser of the year, which they use to support local community projects. Previous year's funds helped to improve Haller Park and provide money for the upcoming splash pad.

The final event for the Fourth of July will be the fireworks set off at Quake Field near the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.

Fireworks begin at dark.

Food concessions will be sold at the ball field stands from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the event.


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