History of the 4th of July Hydros
There are three types of Vashon Islanders when it comes to the 4th of July Hydros: #1 You hate them – normally newer Islanders, and moms with babies who were awakened by the loud noise. #2 You roll your eyes and say, whatever, at least its only once a year – usually a person who has been here a while and is becoming a sort of “old-timer.” #3 You hate them and think it is a stupid and annoying tradition – could be a new comer or old timer, and probably not a lover of fireworks and all the noise of the 4th of July. #4 You love them like me and consider this unique tradition part of your Vashon heritage – usually a multi generational Islander, or an “old-timer.”
Brian Brenno’s family moved into the Quartermaster Drive neighborhood in 1962, where neighbors Roger Stanley and Warren Bibbins’ 4th of July hydroplane runs around Vashon-Maury Island began. In this book he follows events leading up to this unique tradition, compiles all records, Beachcomber reports, participants and over 130 photographs.