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As America celebrates Independence Day, we will line the streets to watch our favorite hometown 4th of July parade. We'll spend the afternoon in the sun and celebrate with fireworks at night. While there are many charming towns where this bucolic scene plays out, each offers its own interpretation and expression of this uniquely American holiday.
Seaside does it in grand fashion with Seaside 4th of July Parade and Celebrate Freedom 4th of July Fireworks, one of the most spectacular fireworks displays anywhere sponsored by the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. You'll want to find a good vantage point along the parade route. This year the parade will begin at 1st Ave. and Necanicum Dr. at 11 a.m. on July 4th. Cross the 1st Avenue Bridge to south on Holladay Dr., west on Broadway St., north on Columbia St., back to 1st Ave., finishing at Necanicum Dr. Note that this route differs from previous years.
Be sure to head down to Seaside Beach before dark. Synchronized to music at KSWB 840 AM radio, this is one of the premier fireworks shows on the coast. Please take any trash with you when you leave the beach. Anyone interested in helping the Beach Drive Buccaneers can join them for Treasure the Beach beach clean up event. Meet at 60 North Prom at 8 a.m. July 5th.
As an alternative to the loud booms and pyrotechnics, Cannon Beach presents The Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch at National Wildlife Refuge Haystack Rock as part of their fireworks-free holiday. This seabird-watching event happens daily, July 1-4, from 9 to 11 a.m. See an amazing array of puffins and other marine wildlife before the more traditional Cannon Beach Patriotic Parade at 11 a.m., which honors the town's veterans. You can get your face painted, score a cool hat and join the fun. Registration is at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Post 168. After the parade the Cannon Beach Fire Department is cooking free hot dogs and providing fun activities for the kids starting at 1 p.m.
Rockaway Beach goes all out with the Independence Day Parade at 11 a.m. followed by the Firecracker Wiener Nationals (premier Dachshund races) at Phyllis Baker Park. Join the Rockaway Lions for Fun Day at the Beach featuring games, hot dogs and fun. For something different this year, how about taking the train? The Oregon Coast Railroad 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular by Train will take you from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach for a fantastic fireworks display. Create wonderful memories while joining in the celebration of the United States of America.
Farther north on the Long Beach Peninsula, Ocean Park is hosting Art in the Park at Sheldon Field on July 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here you’ll find art, craft and food vendors. Ocean Park's Old Fashioned 4th of July includes a parade starting at U St. at 1 p.m., and it winds its way through town. Fireworks at the Port will be on Saturday, July 6, this year at the Port of Ilwaco.
Meanwhile in Astoria Buoy Beer is sponsoring Red, White and Buoy, July 4th Waterfront Celebration, a rocking celebration with live music, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At dusk you can view Fireworks over the Columbia River from the waterfront.
The Pacific City Fireworks return to Bob Straub State Park on July 4th this year. Sponsored in part by Pelican Brewery, you can show your appreciation by stopping in one of their three locations for a great pairing of food and craft beer.
To keep the party going join the Clover's Day Festival on Saturday, July 6th. Begin the day at Nestucca High School in Cloverdale for a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. It’s followed by a parade at 11 a.m., a classic auto show, live music and fun activities for children.
With so many Daytime Events to choose from here on the North Coast, you are sure to have a wonderful time celebrating our great nation. For evening happenings be sure to also check out our Nightlife page. Drive safely. Have fun!
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