Submitted by Whatcom Transportation Authority

Where were you on May 1, 1948?

This photo above, courtesy of Whatcom Museum, was taken on the corner of Railroad Avenue and East Holly Street in Bellingham on May 1, 1948. As you can see, several hundred Whatcom County youth took part in a bike parade for May Day. Participants were accompanied by a marching band. People lined the streets to spectate and this photo was taken by legendary local photographer Jack Carver.

A re-creation of the Bellingham Bike Parade is being planned for 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Several organizations are coming together to make it happen: Downtown Bellingham Partnership, the City of Bellingham, Whatcom Smart Trips, Whatcom Transportation Authority, and Western Washington University, with WECU as an event sponsor.

“Jack Carver did a tremendous job of capturing the joy and enthusiasm of kids bicycling through downtown Bellingham. One can’t help but smile when they see this photograph,” Whatcom Transportation Authority’s Mary Anderson says of the historic shot. “The May Day Bike Parade hopes to re-create that joy and will be a celebration of spring, of community, and of enjoying downtown Bellingham on foot, by bike or on the bus.”

If you were riding your bike in the original parade on May 1, 1948, parade organizers would like to hear from you! Please call 360-788-9316 or email

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