We’re a few days late for the party, but taxpayer-owner residents of Pierce County can celebrate the 99th anniversary for Port of Tacoma.

It was Nov. 5, 1918, that the citizen voters elected to establish the publicly-owned Port of Tacoma.

The idea of a having a publicly-owned port for the South Sound had been turned down by voters before. But with the help and support of many local business leaders, companies and longshore workers, the port was created by a landslide vote – 15,054 to 3,429.

Starting out on 240 acres, the port has grown into a major economic engine for the region.

The celebration of the port’s 100 years will focus on a 100-day timeframe starting the weekend of July 28, 2018, with Maritime Fest on Foss Waterway and culminating around the anniversary of the vote next November.