The annual Go 4th Festival gets under way today, with the food vendors and the Lake Sacajawea Flea Market opening at 10 am. The Longview Firefighters Floating Hole-in-One is open all day; at 3 pm, the live music starts at Martin’s Dock, and today’s highlight, the Longview Cardboard Boat Regatta, starts at 5:30 pm.
The Kids’ Festival runs from noon until 6 tomorrow, along with the “Log Truck Wrapper Race” at Louisiana and Kessler; that goes from noon until 5 pm. Live entertainment goes from 3 pm until 10 pm tomorrow at Martin’s Dock, the Longview Pioneer Lions “Spirits of Longview” Beer Garden starts at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Expo Center, and the Firecracker 5K Fun Run starts at 6 pm tomorrow at Hemlock Plaza.
On Saturday, The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast starts at 8 am, the Timber Carnival preliminaries starts at 9, and the Wrapper Race resumes from 9 am until noon. The Parade from downtown Longview to the lake starts at 10 am on Friday, and the Lions Club Kids Races on the lawn at R. A. Long High School start at noon on Saturday. The Timber Carnival begins at 1 pm on Saturday, and the fireworks finale over Lake Sacajawea starts around 10 pm Saturday night.
The 23rd annual Bow Tie Bash Car Show will also take place in downtown Longview on Saturday, with more than 200 classic and custom vehicles expected to be on display. Buttons to help support Go 4th and the 4th of July fireworks display are still available for purchase all over town, at the price of just one dollar apiece. The Longview Public Library is also closed on Friday and Saturday.
Longview Police will be directing traffic around the lake after the fireworks shows. Traffic trying to get onto Kessler or Nichols between Washington Way and Louisiana will be directed toward Ocean Beach Highway, Tennant Way and 15th, or the Civic Center. Officers will be posted at major intersections to assist pedestrians leaving the lake. The Hemlock Footbridge will be one-way toward Nichols after the fireworks show; that bridge will also be closed to foot traffic during the show. You’ll also need to take the Washington Way Bridge construction into your Go 4th travel plans.