June 8, 2021

Stephanie Wiley
Port of Bellingham
(360) 676-2500

The Blast Over Bellingham Bay is Coming: Fourth of July Fireworks Display in the Works

The Port of Bellingham and Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce are bringing back one of Whatcom County’s favorite traditions, free fireworks display launched high over Bellingham Bay in honor of Independence Day. With COVID vaccines widely available and Washington State easing COVID-related restrictions, the Blast Over the Bay 4th of July Fireworks Display returns as a safe opportunity to celebrate one of our nation’s most cherished holidays. The free fireworks display will begin around 10:30 pm over Bellingham’s scenic Squalicum Harbor. Whatcom County’s largest, most impressive fireworks show will be visible at many locations throughout the City of Bellingham.

The Port and Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce will not be coordinating daytime events or activities to celebrate the 4th of July as in past years, however the fireworks display promises to be an exciting show.

  • Fireworks will be launched between 200-500 feet in the air and can be viewed from many locations throughout the City of Bellingham.
  • People are encouraged to find viewing locations where they can watch from their vehicle or outdoor areas where social distancing can be maintained.
  • Parking will be restricted at traditional viewing areas such as Zuanich Point Park to discourage large crowds and support social distancing.
  • COVID vaccines are widely available and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The Port does not require face masks at Port parks or open spaces.
  • There are many amazing Port parks from which to view the fireworks display: Zuanich Point Park, Tom Glenn Commons, Downtown Waterfront, and Little Squalicum Beach.

About the Port of Bellingham: The Port of Bellingham is a special purpose municipal corporation charged with fulfilling the essential transportation and economic development needs of the region, while providing leadership and maintaining Whatcom County’s overall economic vitality through expansion of comprehensive facilities, programs, and services. The Port operates most Whatcom County transportation terminals including the Bellingham Airport, Bellingham Cruise Terminal, the Fairhaven Transportation Station (with Amtrak, Greyhound and Whatcom Transportation bus service) and marinas in Bellingham and Blaine. About 250 businesses operate in Port real estate developments.

About the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has been serving the local business community for over 100 years as the voice of business in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The Chamber is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes a strong local economy, provides programs and events for its member businesses and facilitates factual dialog between business, government and the community. A strong Chamber means a strong business community, planned economic growth and sustained quality of life.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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