By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
Numerous fun-filled activities for children and adults alike are planned for this year's Fourth of July festival in Crescent City.
The festivities typically make the peak of the local tourism season. This year, about 20,000 people are anticipated to attend local events.
The theme for this year's events that are sponsored by the Crescent City/Del Norte Chamber of Commerce is "Through the Eyes of a Child."
Local events begin Saturday with the Mountain Men Rendezvous. The chamber events are planned for Tuesday and July 4.
Jed Smith Mountain Men Rendezvous The Jed Smith Mountain Men will host its 29th annual rendezvous at the Del Norte Rod and Gun Club in Smith River from through July 7. There will be a pre-1840s traders' row and a primitive camping area.
Free Shuttle Rides and Parking Park at the fairgrounds, ride the Redwood Coast Transit Shuttle to the Pre-Deck Party Art Show, celebrate at the Deck Party and ride the shuttle back to the Fairgrounds for the After Deck Party Dance.
Sand Castles by the Sea The Del Norte Child Care Council invites children to come create a sand castle 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Elk Creek Sandbar.
The Fourth of July Annual Art Show and Sale The Crescent Harbor Art Gallery sponsors for the event will hold a sale for local artists to show and sell their work. More than 32 artists will display their works ranging for ceramics, painting, jewelry, weaving and drawing. Admission will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. A painting drawn by Dorothy Ishoy and painted by members of Crescent Harbor Art Gallery which is currently on display in the window of Edward Jones on the corner of Third and H streets will be given away on a Fourth of July drawing. The art show will be located at the Cultural Center at 1001 Front St. at 2 p.m. and July 4.
The Annual Deck Party A huge town party will be held 4-9 p.m. in the rear lawn of the Cultural Center at 1001 Front St. There will be a bar, food and live music from Dale Morgan and the Hog Wild Band. There is also a raffle planned.
The 2007 After Deck Dance The dance will be held at the Del Norte Fairgrounds Main Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tickets will be available in advance from Beta Sigma Phi and Nu Gamma members at the deck party or at the door, two for $20 or $12 each.
Free Shuttle Rides and Parking Park at the Del Norte
Pastels in the Park Local artists conceive and design original pastel artwork on the sidewalks of Beachfront Park 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
5k and 10k Fun Run and 5k Walk The race begins at the first turnout on Pebble Beach Drive South of Washington Blvd. The finish line is at Beachfront Park. Register at 8 a.m.
The Daily Triplicate Pre-Parade Event Guests can get a good morning zing by stopping by the Triplicate for free Dutch Brothers Coffee, muffins, flags and balloons 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Parade Sponsored by Chetco Federal Credit Union starts at 10 a.m. with a cannon shot fired from the cannon in front of the Historical Museum. The parade will be lead along H, Third, K and Front streets. The reviewing stage will be at Third and H streets. Awards will be presented at the Gazebo in Beachfront Park at 2 p.m.
Pie and Ice-Cream Social at the Museum The Historical Museum on Sixth and H streets will host an ice-cream social 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Beachfront Family Fair The fair is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Beachfront Park. There are food booths, marketplace vendors, children and adult games, helicopter tours, artisans, live music, karaoke and more planned for the event. Del Norte Search and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard will host demonstrations. There is also a Disc Golf demonstration planned.
Concerts in the Park Tap Water, local talents Hog Wild Band, CC Walker Band and the KPOD Colgate Country Showdown local finals will provide live performances on the main stage at Beachfront Park.
Fireworks The fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. over Battery Point Lighthouse. The best viewing locations are from Beachfront Park, Howe Drive, Whaler Island, South Beach, Brother Jonathan Vista Point, Crescent Beach Overlook and U.S. Hwy. 101 Vista Point. Beachfront viewing is closed to vehicles.