Fireworks to light up the sky New Year’s Eve

— Created December 29, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce has planned a bright, sparkly way to usher in a new year.

Its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display will proceed as scheduled at 9 p.m. Friday night at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. The public is invited to dress warmly and step outside for a brief display, the timing of which is set to coincide with New Year’s Eve observances on the East Coast.

The fireworks display is about 10 minutes in length and should be easily visible around the community, much like the longer Fourth of July fireworks, which are launched from the same area.

“You can be at Wal-Mart, you can be downtown, just look up and you can see them,” said Vicki Graham, Oak Harbor Chamber executive director.

 Graham said she can’t wait to ring in the New Year with all the noise and light of this fireworks display.

“I am hoping and praying whenever we blow up these fireworks, we will blow the last two years away,” she said with a laugh, referencing the difficulties the past two years of the pandemic have wreaked on the business community and the Whidbey Island community at large.

“I have hope for 2022,” she said. “It’s a new year. We got this. Let’s move forward and start fresh.”

Title sponsor for this year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is Ronnie Wright, of Pacific Grace Tax and Accounting. Additional sponsors include Jeff Pleet/Edward Jones; Sue Blouin and Shelli Trumbull, Leavitt Group Northwest; The Table Group; Whidbey Tech Solutions; Thrive Community Fitness; Land Title and Escrow; and Chicago Title Company of Washington.

“Everyone should dress warmly,” Graham said. “It’s going to be a quick show. And then enjoy the new year.”

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