Carnation Fourth of July Celebration returns in full force

The nearly century-old Carnation Fourth of July Celebration is returning in full this year, featuring a parade, car show, live music, 5k run and more.

This year’s celebration follows two years of diminished and virtual events due to the pandemic and a canceled firework show last year due to a heat wave.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Welcome Back,” said Carnation Mayor Kim Lisk, who, after serving as chair of the city’s Fourth of July Committee for the last 27 years, is heading her final celebration this year.

“There’s some changes, but it’s going to be nice not having any constraints like we’ve had in the past.” Lisk said. “[We are] really seeing people and having some normalcy in our lives.”

The festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 5k run at Remlinger Farms, with participants getting a drink discount at Remlinger’s beer garden.

Live entertainment, kicking-off at 5 p.m., and fireworks will also be held at Remlinger. Musical artists include: Brittany Daniel, Miles Harris & the Deep Cuts, The Staxx Brothers, and Scott Pemberton O-Theory.

“Remlinger, they really stepped up to host,” Lisk said. “The Carnation 4th of July really appreciates partnering with them.”

The biggest change to this year’s festival will involve the parade route, which due to construction on Tolt Avenue, will take place on Stossel Street with staging on E. Rutherford Street.

The city is asking those who live on either Stossel or E. Rutherford to remove all vehicles from the road by 9:30 a.m. on the Fourth. The Kiddie Parade will start at 11 a.m. followed by the Grand Parade at 11:30.

The car show is also returns this year, being held at Carnation Cafe. The show will be in honor of Rich Hozjan, a member of the Fourth Committee who passed away last year.

The grand parade will also honor four deceased lifelong Carnation residents as Grand Marshal’s, including: town historian Isabel Jones, Jesse Zeigler, who owned Zeigler Construction, musician and photographer Henley Haus and Bob Cox, a multi-generational co-owner of Ace Hardware in Carnation.

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