Top Spots to Celebrate the Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.

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Newport, Oregon
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Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Bay hosts one of the largest fireworks shows on the central Oregon coast.

Celebrate all day: Don't miss the Fourth of July Parade on Gleneden Beach or the Patriotic Pops concert at Newport High School. There are no tickets or reservations, so arrive early. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the show starts at 4 p.m.

Showtime: The fireworks begin at dusk over Yaquina Bay.

Best view: The Bayfront, South Beach, or—if you're lucky enough—on a yacht out on Yaquina Bay

After the show: Take a nighttime stroll on nearby South Beach State Park;

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