ARLINGTON – From the Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. to the fireworks at dusk, the Arlington Fourth of July Frontier Days is an explosion of activities.
Arlington Youth Dynamics as a fundraiser offers the breakfast that also includes eggs, sausage and drink until 11 a.m. at Haller Park. Cost is $6.
At 9 a.m., active folks participate in the Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon, also at the park. It is put on by the Arlington Runners Club. Cost on race day is $40. The 3.1 mile run is followed by a 5.8 mile bike ride, finishing with a 6-mile kayak ride down the Stilly River. Also at Haller, the Arlington Kiwanis Club has its annual auction fundraiser. A silent auction starts at 9 a.m. with the live auction at 10:30 a.m. Two stay and dine baskets from Angel of the Winds Casino are among the items.
The Red, White and Blue Foam Run will be at 10 a.m. Pre-register at 9 a.m. By the end of the race, foam colors your white shirt in dramatic fashion. Music, snacks, drinks and prizes await the finishers.
At noon, Old Fashioned Fourth carnival games start off at Legion Park and last until 4 p.m. Many are free, put on by the Arlington Lifeway Foursquare Church. Games include ring toss, lawn bowling, face painting and much more.
Also at noon, the beer and wine garden and food concession are open until 8 p.m., back at Haller Park. Be sure to head downtown at 4:30 for the Kiddies Parade. The themes for entries are “Costumes,” “Patriotic” and “Wheels.” Register at 3:30 p.m.
It’s followed by the Grand Parade at 5 p.m. on Olympic Avenue. Bands, floats, dance squads, classic cars and more are expected among the 80 entries. Register from 2-4:30 p.m.
The Arlington Rotary Club puts on its fundraising 30th Annual Great Stilly Duck Dash back at Haller Park at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, or $20 for five. Lucky winners receive prizes.
Activities then move down to the Arlington Airport area with the Arlington Education Foundation selling concessions from 7:30-9:30 at Quake Park.
Fireworks at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club end the events at 9 p.m., or when it gets dark. The chamber and downtown business association are sponsoring that event. If parking is hard to find try Evans Field north of 188th.