With warm weather, wide smiles and initial estimates of 18,000-20,000 attendees, the 2023 edition of the Grand Old 4th of July was a huge success – and so much fun – thank you Bainbridge Island!
We had 70 different local groups participate in the mile-long hometown parade, 89 classic vehicles featured in the car show, and 85 different vendors in the street fair. None of that would have been possible without our amazing team of more than 75 volunteers, ably led Chamber staffers Jessica Perkins and tj Faddis.
Big thank you’s to all our event sponsors and partners for their support in making the island’s big day out so grand:
Grand Old 4th Event Partner:
The City of Bainbridge Island/BIPD/BIFD
Hometown Parade Sponsor:
Street Fair Sponsor:
Far Bank Enterprises
Kids Zone Sponsor:
The Marshall Suites
Live Music Stage Sponsor:
Bainbridge Performing Arts
Beer + Wine + Cider Garden Sponsor:
Bainbridge Brewing, Eleven Winery, Sisters’ Cider House
Classic Car Show Sponsors:
Modern Collision, Green Light Garage, Island Center Auto, Rolling Bay Automotive
Poster Contest Sponsors:
Puget Sound Energy
Additional GO4 2023 partners and sponsors include:
ACE Hardware, Bainbridge Disposal, Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, Bainbridge Youth Services, Bloedel Reserve, Hyla School, John L. Scott Real Estate, m52gear, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, Senior Center, Town & Country Markets, Wildwise School, Zero Waste/Sustainable Bainbridge.
Wrapping things up for the 2023 edition of the Grand Old 4th, the last word(s) go to Bainbridge Chamber President/CEO Stefan Goldby (who walked 17 miles on the 4th without leaving downtown Winslow!):
“The Chamber is honored to be trusted to produce the Island’s biggest annual event – thank you Bainbridge for making this year’s Grand Old 4th such an amazing day on the Island.
From our sponsors, to our partners, members, volunteers, vendors, parade participants, and attendees it is a joy to see our entire community come together to enjoy a great day in the sun.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful time and look forward to more of the same next year!”
2023 Grand Old 4th of July Gallery
Traditional start to the Bainbridge Island Hometown Parade from the BIPD and BIFD
Stephanie Reese kicks off the Bainbridge Island Hometown Parade with the Star-Spangled Banner
2023 Parade Grand Marshal Steve Synder of Town & Country Markets waves to his crowd…
2023 Hometown Parade Sponsors First Fed at the head of the parade
Soul Siren live in concert at the Grand Old 4th
GO4 Volunteer Joe Stanko and (Chamber Board Chair) Courtney Oliver oversee the parade
The BHS Spartronics team spins their robotic stuff in the hometown parade
Into the dunk tank at Bainbridge’s Grand Old 4th
Street scene at the 2023 GO4 Street Fair
This way for GO4 fun on Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Island Police Chief Joe Clark and Fire Chief Jared Moravec
US Submarine Veterans in the Bainbridge Island July 4th Parade
Sisters’ Cider House and their giant apple in the Grand Old 4th Parade
The Chamber GO4 crew in full hi-viz mode
Bainbridge Rope Skippers
Roller Hockey skates its way past the Bainbridge Chamber offices on Winslow Way
Bainbridge Sailing Club in the Grand Old 4th Kids Zone
Queen City Yacht Club Commodore ahoy!
Street (Fair) Food at the Grand Old 4th
Pacwesty, Zev Co-op, and EV Works parade in line and in parallel
Olympia Highlanders Pipe & Drums in full stride
Parade MC’s John Ellis and Bhama Roget
Bainbridge Island Land Trust offers advice
Waving the flag for America on Bainbridge
Bainbridge Girls Lacrosse stands up!
A great Bainbridge parade tradition – the Island Fitness giant flag procession
Street Fair sponsors Far Bank Industries reel ’em in at the Hometown Parade
Bainbridge Island Educator of the Year Kathleen Pool, as honored by the Kiwanis
Discount Koi dazzle in the Hometown Parade
Bainbridge Pride out front and center at the Hometown Parade
A Grand Old view from the crowd on Winslow Way
Ranger and The Re-Arrangers, live on the BPA Music Stage
Waving the flag at Winslow Green
City of Bainbridge Island Council Members and City Manager in the Hometown Parade
Sharing the spoils at the Bainbridge Grand Old 4th
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community on the move
BHS Band marches past the Pavilion on Madison Ave
BHS Football rules!
BHS cheerleaders fire up the crowd
BHS band and color guard turn onto Winslow Way
A moment of song (and tight harmony) in the Hometown Parade
Bainbridge Recreation Center goes prehistoric
Bainbridge Pride in the Hometown Parade
Bainbridge Island – sunny in so many ways!
Bainbridge Island Rowing hit the parade heights
Team BaSa marching in the Bainbridge Parade
A dog walk with a view for assistance dogs northwest
Pedal power for local candidates Ashley Mathews and Evan Saint Clair!
Free Water Stations all over Winslow, courtesy of the City of Bainbridge Island
The Hometown Band holding down the Winslow Mall
Hank Strom’s original trophies for the lucky Car Show winners
Bainbridge Fire Dept kick it old school at the Car Show
Classic Fire truck fun for kids at the Grand Old 4th
It’s all downhill from here for the BYS fun runners
Back to the Future at the 2023 Car Show
All smiles in the beer/wine/cider garden
Serious business for the Bainbridge Brewing Crew at the 2023 GO4
Band + Beer + Sun FTW at the 2023 Grand Old 4th
Another great Bainbridge parade tradition – the Island Fitness giant flag procession
Thank you from One Call For All, and from the Bainbridge Chamber!
Hearty end-of-day cheers from the beer garden crew with Chamber President/CEO Stefan Goldby – see you next year!
Photo Credits: Kelsey Bernert ( Wilder Pacific), Shannon Hays (COBI), Stefan Goldby (Chamber) The official 2023 GO4 Event Poster
Based on an original artwork by Eleanor Ford