Long Beach will celebrate its American allegiance at its 64th annual Loyalty Days this weekend.
The coastal town held its first Loyalty Days in 1950, when it was organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This year’s theme is “From Sea to Shining Sea.”
The event marks the season opening of the Port of Ilwaco’s Saturday Market, which runs through Sept. 27.
Loyalty Days are free and open to the public.
Loyalty Days schedule
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard’s 52-foot motor lifeboat on display at the Port of Ilwaco.
- Noon: Children’s parade in downtown Ilwaco. Registration is at 11 a.m.; formation is at 11:30 a.m.
- 1 p.m.: The Coast Guard’s blessing of the fishing fleet ceremony at the Ilwaco Marina. Boats leave at 1 p.m.
- Noon-5 p.m.: Oyster feed at Long Beach Elks, 110 N. Pacific Ave., Long Beach.
- 6 p.m.: Honors banquet social hour followed by dinner at the Elks Lodge. Mike Williams will emcee. To make a reservation for the banquet, call 360-642-4441.
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- 7-11 a.m.: Cowboy breakfast at Peninsula Saddle Club, 6407 Sandridge Road, Long Beach.
- 10-11 a.m.: Kids fire truck rides at the Ilwaco Fire Hall, 120 N. First Ave., Ilwaco.
- 10 a.m.-noon: Lunch for parade participants at Long Beach Fire Hall. Floats will line up at 10:30 a.m.
- Noon: Loyalty Day program and grand parade starts at the downtown Long Beach reviewing stand. John R. Hamant, portraying Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will be the grand Marshall. Jim Sayce will emcee.
- 3:30 p.m.: Float trophies will be awarded at Veterans Memorial Field, 200 Pacific Ave., Long Beach.