This year is shaping up to be King City's biggest and best Fourth of July celebration ever with many added events in addition to the annual KCCA Golf Cart Parade and Edgewater Family Parade.
Golf Cart Parade
The King City Civic Association will hold its Golf Cart Parade on Monday, July 3. The parade has been an annual tradition for many years except for a brief hiatus in 2013 and 2014, and residents are encouraged to decorate their golf carts with a patriotic red, white and blue color theme.
Participants are asked to show up at the King City Clubhouse parking lot at 15245 S.W. 116th Ave., at 3:30 p.m. to prepare for the start of the parade at 4 p.m. Sponsored by McCann's Pharmacy and Medical Supply, the parade starts and ends at the KCCA Clubhouse.
The route will go along Royalty Parkway and Queen Elizabeth to King City Senior Village (formerly Pacific Pointe), where the residents, who are the judges, will be waiting to vote on the best entries.
Golf cars will return to the Clubhouse along Queen Elizabeth to Royalty Parkway to King Charles Avenue to King George Drive to 116th Avenue.
A sign-up sheet is in the King City Golf Course Pro Shop; for more information or to sign up, call Jan Hall at 503-473-7666 or Roy Armour at 503-330-6594.
Walk & Roll Parade & Festival
The Edgewater event has a new name this year: Fourth of July Walk & Roll Parade & Festival, according to organizer Jaimie Fender.
The July Fourth activities kick off at 9 a.m. with a Car Rally in the King City Civic Association Clubhouse parking lot at 15245 S.W. 116th Ave.
"It will include classic cars and hot rods, with everyone gathering at 9 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the KCCA Clubhouse," Fender said. "It is open to all who want to participate. The car rally will then join in the parade."
Parade participants also will meet in the KCCA Clubhouse parking lot at 9 a.m., with the parade leaving around 9:30 a.m.
"The parade route will be the same as the King City 50th anniversary route, ending at King City Community Park," Fender sad. "Grand marshal is Mayor Ken Gibson, and we will have two parade 'grand dames' who are residents of King City Senior Village who are both over 100 years old.
"We invite all the golf carts from the July 3 Golf Cart Parade to join our parade. We are also holding a kids' wagon-float competition, calling all bikes, trikes and tykes! Anything that rolls, strolls or pulls is a go. The decorating competition is for infants to 12-year-olds, so get red, white and blue decorations out, and get busy. Prizes will be handed out at the festival."
Fender added that while KCCA residents may be worried about driving their golf carts down to the park, city officials are making an exception on the Fourth of July, allowing golf carts to travel to the park and back again on streets outside the KCCA without fear of ticketing.
King City City Manager Mike Weston added, "We will encourage golf carts to cross 131st Avenue at MacBeth and Jordan Way and take the trail system back into the KCCA areas from there. That should reduce golf cart traffic on major arterials/collectors."
The Fourth of July Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at King City Community Park, 17470 S.W. Montague Way.
"We will have Koi Fusion and Taco King food trucks, music by the Tone Brothers, famer market vendors from the Bull Mountain Farmers' Market, arts and crafts vendors, community organization booths, kids' activities, a bouncy house, ice cream social and much, much more," Fender said."Our plan is to have a shuttle from the KCCA Clubhouse to the park every 30 minutes to encourage KCCA residents to attend the festival without concern over transportation."
According to Fender, the newly formed King City Community Foundation is presenting the event, with sponsorship from the Edgewater on the Tualatin Homeowners Association, the city of King City, King City Senior Village and private donations.
Fender is founder and president of the foundation, and Annie Paulsen is secretary/treasurer. The Board of Directors includes Veva Goehler, Maiya Martin-Burbank and Micah Paulsen; additional Planning Committee members are Steve Stephens and Mary Ocholi.
For more information, call Fender at 971-282-4376; visit kccforegon.org or facebook.com/kccforegon.
Last but not least, Highlands residents will enjoy their annual Fourth of July barbecue that has been going on for more than 20 years. Residents pre-order their barbecue item and pay at the Clubhouse for a complete meal with side dishes.
King City is going to be hopping on the Fourth of July!