Chief of Policy and Communications
Celebrate with us! Port of Everett is Turning 100 Years Old
For Immediate Release – June 13, 2018
Everett, Wash. - On July 13, 2018, the Port of Everett officially turns 100 years old — celebrating a century of service to the Port District and beyond.
The Port of Everett was formed by a nearly unanimous vote of the citizens on July 13, 1918. Then, like now, the community desired an entity that could reclaim the waterfront from private industry, protect the interests of the residents, create family-wage jobs and serve as a steward of our tremendous natural resource — our waterfront. The Port, 100 years later, it is still focused on delivering on these core values.
“Today, as we celebrate our centennial year, we would like to thank the early residents of the Port District for believing in the value that the Port of Everett would bring to the community so long ago,” Port of Everett Acting CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “Most importantly, we want to thank our current Port District residents for their continued appreciation and support of our work today. We encourage you to come out to enjoy your Port and celebrate with us. We have a lot of events planned around the waterfront for all to enjoy and have pulled together some great projects to commemorate our Port history.”
Celebrate with us!
Join us the day after the Port’s 100th birthday on Saturday, July 14, 2018, for a full day of fun!
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The day will kick-off with a pancake breakfast at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Center at 9 a.m., followed by the first-ever Port Beat 5K Fun Run along the Port’s waterfront trail system at 11 a.m. The Fun Run will feature a sneak peek at Fisherman’s Harbor and the new Pacific Rim Plaza and splash fountain that is otherwise closed to public access due to construction.
Learn more and sign up for the Fun Run at www.portofeverett.com/portbeat5K.
Also, back by popular demand, the Port has opened up one more historic bus tour in partnership with Historic Everett at 2 p.m. Join local historians and Port staff to hear about the evolution of our working waterfront “then and now.” Space is limited. RSVP and government-issued photo ID required. Sign up at www.portofeverett.com/bustours (Fully Booked). Throughout the day, the Port will also be soliciting feedback from the community on what it would like to see the Port look like in the next 100 years.
Later in the day, come down to view a Maritime Parade from Boxcar Park at 5 p.m. Port partners will parade through Port Gardner Bay on vessels and boats, honking horns, waving flags, shooting water cannons and more! Swing by the Port of Everett’s booth to have some photo booth fun and place mementoes into our centennial time capsule that will be opened fifty years from now in the year 2068.
Stick around Boxcar Park after the parade to enjoy festivities hosted by One World Lantern Festival. It’s the first-time they have hosted their festival in Everett, and it includes music, food trucks, face painting, yard games, vendor booths and more. At sunset, registered participants can take part in decorating and launching an LED floating lantern into the water around the Park. Space is limited. Learn more and sign up at www.waterlanternfestival.com/everett.php.
*This event is hosted by a third party, not affiliated with the Port of Everett.
Learn about Port history!
To commemorate its centennial year, the Port of Everett has compiled its century of history into a new book – Port of Everett: The First 100 Years. The book brings to life the vast history of the Port from its early years to present day through a mix of stories, imagery, key dates, special features and more than 300 photos. This collector’s item is now available for purchase at The Daily Herald. More details can be found at www.portofeverett.com/historybook. To view the full content of the book, click here. A copy can also be checked out from your local Sno-Isle library.
Production and printing of Port of Everett: The First 100 Years was made possible thanks to the financial contributions of our generous book sponsors: The Daily Herald, City of Everett, Snohomish County, The Boeing Company, Snohomish County PUD, Anthony’s Homeport, Anthony’s Woodfire Grill, Scutttlebutt Brewing Co and Hat Island.
On July 12, 2018, at the annual Port Report hosted in partnership with Economic Alliance Snohomish County, a mural commemorating the Port’s early-, mid- and future years will be unveiled. The mural, created by local artist Sherrill Hull, showcases the Port’s century of evolution from a once booming mill town and industrial hub to the now balanced working and recreational waterfront we know and love today. The new art work will be displayed in the Port’s Waterfront Center lobby, near the entrance of Scuttlebutt restaurant to add to the current historical interpretive signage displayed there.
Check out and share the new Port of Everett centennial video that includes a fun photo montage of the Port’s first 100 years. View it here; https://youtu.be/vK5n2-BOpw8.
For more information contact Catherine Soper, Port of Everett Public Affairs Specialist, at email@example.com.