Veterans Flagpole in Fairhaven


Looking up 12th Street. Click photo for larger view.

Governor Inslee directs flags be lowered to half-staff … none at this time.

Flag at half-staff.   There are four scheduled days of the year the flag is flown half-staff; May 15, Memorial Day (last Monday of May), September 11 and December 7.

Old Glory has flown proudly from the 100 foot flagpole in Fairhaven since 1987. That year, a group of American military service veterans raised funds and put up the pole.  It was inspired by Dirty Dan Harris raising his 100 foot flagpole in March 1885. Today, the Historic Fairhaven Association is entrusted with keeping the flag flying and has a committee with veterans who tend to the duties.


The Historic Festivals of Fairhaven

Stroll, sip and savor a variety of Washington wines in twenty of Fairhaven’s unique and special shops.

Once you’ve tasted the wines you can purchase bottles of your favorite at the onsite store.

Come rain or come shine!

Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:30 – 8:30pm

$25 pre-register/$30 at the door /person* – includes wristband, 8 tasting tickets, wine walk map and guide, and commemorative wine glass.

$50 VIP – includes all of the above plus expedited check-in, unlimited tastings, wine walk swag bag and more.

Purchase Tickets


The Fairhaven district is host to several other Major Events throughout the year, such as the Solstice Art Walk, summertime Outdoor Cinema Saturdays, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and Winterfest, and Art Walk.

But just about every day there’s some type of happening in Fairhaven! Many area businesses or venues offer a variety of presentations, activities, performances, and other events; these are also listed on

If you are an organizer of any event in Fairhaven, please email with questions about featuring it on this site.


Historic Fairhaven Association

The Association is a non-profit corporation, whose purpose is to:
“… promote Fairhaven as a community while preserving the historical character…”

Key Info:


Contact Info

Historic Fairhaven Association
1106 Harris Ave, #313
Bellingham, WA 98225

President, Joel Haggen–
Vice President, Jody Finnegan–
Treasurer, Hilary Friedrich–
Secretary, Tina Ruff–

Executive Director, Scott Ward –

Event Request Form

Are you interested in the Historic Fairhaven Association promoting your next event? We have a quick and easy way to request our assistance. If you are organizing an event that is self-supporting, fill out this form below and we will contact you. We will consider any event that can be promoted under the Historic Fairhaven Association’s non-profit status. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the form below!



By-Laws of the Historic Fairhaven Association

Revised and approved at the Annual General Membership meeting, March 14, 2013

You can also download and print a PDF file of the By-Laws.

The Historic Fairhaven Association is chartered as a Washington State 501(c)6 non-profit corporation as The Old Fairhaven Association. As of 2013, it is legally registered to do business as the Historic Fairhaven Association.


HFA Membership List with Discounts

HFA Members through June 2018  (updated 5/21/18)

Fairhaven Merchant Discount Card Program: Your YELLOW Fairhaven Employee Discount Card is good at many Fairhaven businesses, and is a benefit of working in Fairhaven! Support your neighbors at a discount without leaving our shopping district!

  • Be prepared to show your card at the time of purchase.
  • Expired cards are no longer valid.
  • Be sure to thank the stores who have been kind enough to offer this discount.
  • There may be restrictions on purchases of sale merchandise or other items. Restaurants do not include alcohol discounts.
  • To participate in the Fairhaven Merchant Discount Card program, businesses must be a current member of the Historic Fairhaven Association.



Merchant Meetings

Monthly Merchant meetings are open to participation by all members. Non-members are welcome. Discussion items include marketing, events, news, publicity, introductions of new business owners, and often a presentation on a relevant Fairhaven issue. Meetings are held at Village Books in the downstairs author reading area, and start at 9 am sharp, ending just before 10 am so merchants may get their businesses open. Enter through the Colophon Cafe door off the Village Green.



To join the Historic Fairhaven Association, or renew your membership:

Download a PDF Membership Enrollment form to print and mail,

OR  –  Enroll online with your credit card.

Membership Benefits

The Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1972 to promote the Fairhaven area while preserving its historic character. The Historic Fairhaven Association board of directors and members work together year round to promote the success of the district.

It’s About Community:  A group of business owners, non-profit organizations, and individuals who provide time, funds, and intellect to support the preservation and business success of the Fairhaven district.

It’s About Value: 

Value for your BUSINESS
Value for our COMMUNITY
Value for our VISITORS

Membership dues are leveraged to reach and draw thousands to Fairhaven through fundraising events promoting the success of this district through advertising, press relations, brochures, district beautification, website presence, holiday decorations, and events. We look forward to your participation and the value you bring to our community in  support of these efforts.


Board of Directors

The Board meets monthly and conducts the business of the Association. Election of the Directors by all Association members takes place each November. Directors are elected for two year terms with a portion being elected each year. For 2018 and 2019, there are 15 Directors. The last election was held in November 2017. If you are interested in running for the board in November 2018 for a term of 2019 through 2020, contact the Election Committee, Eric Smith at:


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Fairhaven won a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Check it out.


Welcome Canadians

Being so close to the Canadian border, much of our tourist population comes from our neighbors from the north! We would like to provide you with an easy-to-download sign for the window of your business, ensuring your Canadian customers feel welcome in the community.