Tumwater’s Independence Day Parade all about tradition

Dale and Kerry Smith’s family staked out a spot along Israel Road at about 8 a.m. Friday for the city of Tumwater’s annual Independence Day Parade.

They set up a canopy tent for shade, seating for about 15 people, including all of their grandchildren, and brought a cooler with beverages and snacks.

“This is like the big thing for Tumwater besides the football games,” said the Smiths’ daughter Megan Collier, 32.

“We love the Fourth of July,” added her sister Crystal Campbell, 36.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Tumwater for the parade, which began at about 11 a.m. and took about two hours to complete.

Some people claimed prime parade viewing real estate much earlier than the Smith family.

“People start setting out chairs like on July 1,” said Marisa Worden, a marketing specialist with the Tumwater Parks & Recreation Department.

In its 27th year, the patriotic-themed parade featured 104 entries, including the Capital Lakefair float, dozens of classic cars, equestrian teams, marching bands and cheerleaders.

It was the first time Braden Baker, 9, and Jaydon Owens, 7, both of East Olympia, had participated in a parade. They marched with Cub Scouts Pack 789.

“We jumped at the chance because we thought it would be fun,” said Braden’s mom, Denelle Baker, 40. “They had a blast.”

The Pineda family of Tumwater watched the parade in style: On an old leather couch, complete with a large rug, a lamp and a wicker table.

“And the family -- the most important thing,” said Miguel Pineda, 28, of Olympia.

The Pinedas installed their temporary living room along the parade route at about 5:30 a.m.

“We didn’t put it out on the street earlier because if we did, they might cart it off,” the family’s matriarch Maria Pineda, 59, said with a laugh.