What better place to celebrate Independence Day Weekend than Central Oregon? Whether you’re local to the area or looking for a little getaway, our region has plenty to offer over 4th of July weekend throughout the communities BendBroadband serves.
The biggest celebration happening in Bend is the annual July 4 Fireworks Spectacular. While the fireworks are launched from the top of Pilot Butte starting at 10 p.m., food and fun activities for the family are available all day long. The annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is great for kids, and the downtown area offers events like live music, local food, and contests.
One of Bend’s oldest traditions is the Pet Parade originating in 1932. Unlike the traditional parade, this event welcomes any species of pet to walk down Wall Street. “Pets” have ranged from dogs and cats to goldfish and baby coyotes in years past. So, be sure to bring your pet along or let the local Bendites shine!
In La Pine, Independence Day festivities are held July 1 through July 4. The Frontier Days celebration highlights several local musicians while also catering to children with a host of fun activities. Apple pie contests, lawnmower races, and the annual talent show fill the days before the 4th of July fireworks.
Uniquely, one of La Pine’s most revered events is the “Men’s Beautiful Legs” Contest. Whether they’re pale, short, or hairy, all you need to do is show up to participate. There’s also an opportunity to take part in the Beard & Mustache Competition or the La Pine Parade, with a $250 prize awarded to the best float.
Another town celebrating Independence Day with a parade is Redmond. A classic red, white, and blue procession will take place downtown prior to outdoor games and a grand fireworks display at dusk.
Sisters, Oregon uses Independence Day to support Habitat for Humanity. The annual Fourth of July Picnic in the Park showcases local vendors and live music along with a celebration to honor all veterans. The Sisters Roundup of Gems offers vendors with gems, crystals, and fossils perfect for travelers or locals.
Many surrounding communities gather to celebrate the 4th of July Festival in Sunriver, Oregon. Families can join in the fun with live entertainment, a free barbeque, carnival games, and a petting zoo. The festival is an all-day affair and starts with a bike parade that is open to all. Sunriver also hosts the Fourth of July Fun Run, with a 5k route featuring Mt. Bachelor and Paulina Peak perfect for a fun family outing.
Finally, Prineville is returning to tradition this year with the Splash N’ Dash competition, which combines cycling, kayaking, and running open to teams or individuals. Ochoco Creek Park hosts the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration with food and craft vendors and a fireworks show to ring in the holiday.
And as always, Oregon provides plenty of opportunities for visiting families to explore the great outdoors with its surplus of trails and parks. Whatever your activity of choice may be, spend Independence Day discovering the fun of Central Oregon.
Written by Ceila Reid, BendBroadband Communications Intern