No parade or games but there will be FIREWORKS in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor

The good news - there will be fireworks at Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on the 4th of July, 2020. Understandably there won't be a 4th of July Parade in Friday Harbor or the traditional games at Roche Harbor due to the pandemic. The crowds at the daytime events wouldn't be conducive to social distancing. To watch the fireworks, people can spread out on the docks, the shoreline, view from their cars, etc. 

Town Administrator Duncan Wilson said San Juan County Health Officer Dr. James was consulted before the Town made the decision to issue the permit. 

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, a business community non-profit, has produced the Town’s 4th of July celebration for more than 35 years in cooperation with the Town of Friday Harbor, the Port of Friday Harbor and the whole island.

Becki Day, Executive Director stated “We are sorry to say we will not be able to have the 4th of July parade this year due to the current COVID-19 situation. It pains us to announce our signature event of the year as it has always served as a point in time where we connect, come together as a small community and show pride in our home and country. HOWEVER, we will, with the help of the Town and Port of Friday Harbor and King’s Market, be able to watch the fireworks over the Port of Friday Harbor.”

The fireworks show will start shortly after 10 pm on July 4 and details of viewing options will be provided at a later date with social distancing in mind.


  • Rob
    Rob Monday, 01 June 2020 16:50 Comment Link

    I appreciate that there will still be fireworks. Something we can watch from a distance and doesn't necessarily need crowds. Cars, boats and homes are still an option for viewing. Seems like Christmas will get cancelled this year too out of safety. Nice to see something still happening.

  • Betsey Ferguson
    Betsey Ferguson Friday, 22 May 2020 09:26 Comment Link

    Having been to both San Juan Island fireworks venues, I find it hard to imagine how people would manage social distancing. Also, as most other fireworks have been cancelled in northwest Washington, I think it will be a draw for more folks from the mainland and put islanders at risk. As mentioned above, we might have better use for the funds this year.

  • T.c.
    T.c. Friday, 15 May 2020 00:54 Comment Link

    Personally, I dont think having a fireworks show while we are experiencing a pandemic is very timely. Friday harbor viewing spaces are few, and the "draw" for tourists is obviously strong. In other words...please spare us. Thank you

  • Kevin Roth
    Kevin Roth Thursday, 14 May 2020 06:16 Comment Link

    I love fireworks ,however see it as a visitor draw that may be dangerous .

  • Karin Roemers-Kleven
    Karin Roemers-Kleven Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:13 Comment Link

    Could we skip fire works and have the gracious donors direct the money for grants for businesses and restaurants that suffer, testing supplies, food bank, Emergency housing etc? The fall-out of this pandemic is like the aster firework in the night sky. By July more and more people will be impacted.

  • Dave
    Dave Tuesday, 12 May 2020 06:00 Comment Link

    Yes! Happy to hear there will be a fireworks show this year. It’s a bold decision to carry on when every other public event seems to be defaulting to cancel but we have to start resuming life outside of our homes sometime and a fireworks show is a great place to start.


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