In the 1850s, the Irish began to settle into the Oak Harbor area, with the Dutch following in the 1890s. In 1941, the U.S. Navy began to establish its presence near Oak Harbor. With the economic growth of the Northwest Washington, the quiet country town of 600 changed into a beautiful waterfront community of over 20,000.
Oak Harbor's mall town feel continues to be displayed in the numerous annual celebrations. The Irish paint the town green in March and the Dutch fill the town with tulips for the last weekend in April during the annual Holland Happening celebration. Patriotism soars and flags abound on the 4th of July, celebrating the strong alliance between the community and the Navy. Whidbey Island Race Week, held each year in July, has been rated among the top 20 yachting regattas in the world.
Come ashore at Oak Harbor, a vibrant and progressive community. Life is good here and the advantages are hard to miss. Oak Harbor homes are some of the most beautiful in the Washington area. People are warm, enthusiastic and genuine. The community gives generously and is committed to ensuring that Oak Harbor is a place you would be proud to call home.
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