Our favorite experiences in Kirkland are the ones where we, as a city, gather together to celebrate. We see our old friends, make new friends and enjoy this beautiful place in which we live. The Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Parade always has a place near the top of our list.
This year we saw floats of all sizes including George's entry (complete with super soakers) and a large contingency supporting ARC. The City Council and City Manager Kurt Triplet were seen having fun waving to the crowds. Kudos to the City Manager for donning that very large (and rather fashionable) chapeau. Other politicians were on hand including 45th District Democrats, Jane Hague and a new face, Jason Chinchilla, one of the many hopefuls in the August primary for for Kirkland City Council.
This year the sun was scorching with a high of 92 degrees. We visited with many of our friends and reflected upon the fact that Kirkland is a rare find, indeed. We have been able to maintain our small town feel in the downtown core with festivals and celebrations which bring us together.
Events such as the 4th of July require the efforts of many volunteers. If you'd like to help with a future event (there are many coming in the months ahead), please visit http://kirklanddowntown.org. Many more events ahead will need your help too including the Kirkland Classic Car Show, Kirkland Summerfest and Kirkland Oktoberfest.
Special thanks to Penny Sweet for her stewardship of Celebrate Kirkland and to all of the volunteers who work hard to make our city shine.
Thank you Kirkland. We are proud to say, "We love this town!"