by Gretchen DeMoss
We spent the 4th of July in Seaside, OR where we joined in the festivities. There was a small town parade, a celebration at the Seaside Historical Society Museum, a cake walk and silent auction, and, of course, fireworks.
After the parade there was an old-fashioned social at the Seaside Oregon Historical Society Museum. Local organization like the American Legion and Kiwanis had food booths. There were kids games and entertainment. There was also a cake walk. It’s like musical chairs. You buy a ticket for fifty cents then stand by a square. You start walking around the circle when they start the music. When the music stops, you stand by the square you’re near and they draw a number. The person standing by the square whose number was called wins a cake.
There was also a silent auction with gift certificates donated by local merchants. We bid and won the Beach Puppy auction. We saw this cutie sitting by the cake walk. Her name was Buttercup.
People started setting up tents and staking their claim for space on the beach in anticipation of the fireworks show. Some people had some pretty elaborate encampments complete with lounge-chair-like holes dug in the sand. There was also entertainment going on all day by the turnaround. We stayed back at the house relaxing and grilling until about 7 pm when we decided to go see if we could find a place to put our chairs. We found a primo spot on the top of the dunes.
There’s a firework-free zone a few blocks north and south of the turnaround. It’s nice to have a spot where you don’t have to worry about who is lighting what next to you.
The sun was going in and out of the clouds creating some pretty interesting lighting effects.
And finally, Fireworks!
The show was pretty spectacular. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in Oregon. We will definitely be back next year.
Kendall doesn’t seem to mind the fireworks, but she stayed back at the house with the windows closed and the music on – just in case.