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Fourth of July festivities around Enumclaw

Downtown Enumclaw will be given over to holiday festivities Thursday afternoon as a parade rolls along Cole Street and a pair of bands will begin playing shortly after the final entry passes.

But there’s more to the Fourth of July.

Special events begin hours earlier, when members of the Enumclaw Rotary Club sponsor a pancake breakfast that is free and open to the public. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Enumclaw Senior Activity Center.

Next on the holiday schedule is a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at Enumclaw City Hall, where city resident Edward Saylor will be inducted into the Enumclaw Walk of Fame. Saylor will receive a ceremonial key to the city from Mayor Liz Reynolds and a plaque will be unveiled that will be added to five others at the corner of Griffin Avenue and First Avenue.

Saylor is one of just four remaining members of the famed Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan. Originally 80 strong, the Doolittle mission involved an air strike on Japan in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The mission was  intended to weaken Japan’s military capability and provide a morale boost in the U.S.

At noon, the traditional Stars and Stripes parade – with Saylor serving as grand marshal – will follow its usual route south over Cole Street.

As in past years, youngsters are invited to decorate their bicycles, tricycles and scooters and make up one of the early parade entries. A parent or guardian must accompany each child.

In an effort to keep downtown hopping, the Chamber of Commerce has arranged for two bands to entertain immediately following the parade. One stage will be set up in the parking lot at Cole Street and Initial Avenue, where UC7 – a six-piece dance band from the Seattle area – will play classic rock, funk and R&B favorites from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Cole Street will be blocked to traffic between Griffin and Washington avenues, allowing for a second stage at the Myrtle Avenue intersection. The country/rock band Ragin’ River will perform.

Both bands are familiar with Enumclaw, having performed during the 2012 King County Fair – and both will return to Enumclaw a week later, scheduled to perform during this year’s edition of the fair.

The chamber also is planning a car and motorcycle show between 1 and 4 p.m. on Cole Street.

The holiday will again close with a professional fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m. For the second year, fireworks will be launched from the field adjacent to Southwood Elementary School.

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