Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.
Courtesy of the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Michael Kittell
One of the largest celebrations on the northern Oregon coast sees Rockaway Beach swell to more than 10,000 spectators for the fireworks.
Celebrate all day: Starting with a parade at 11 a.m., the festivities also include a bake sale and Dachshund races at 12 p.m.
Showtime: When it gets dark, around 10 p.m., fireworks launch over the ocean.
Best view: At the Wayside or on the shore in Rockaway Beach
After the show: Bring a grill to the Wayside beach area for some post-fireworks burger-flipping and socializing;