Fourth of July Festivities

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.

All ready for the parade

All ready for the parade

Antique fire truck

Antique fire truck

You can't have a parade without a marching band

You can’t have a parade without a marching band

Seaside trolley

Seaside trolley

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.

Cake walk

Cake walk

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.

Decked out for the holiday

Decked out for the holiday

Festive bike

Festive bike

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.

Waiting for fireworks

Waiting for fireworks

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.

Weird lighting

Weird lighting

The sun was going in and out of the clouds creating some pretty interesting lighting effects.

Fires on the beach

Fires on the beach

And finally, Fireworks!

Fireworks

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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