Oregon State Parks are great places for Fourth of July celebrations (2010)
… as long as visitors leave the fireworks to the experts.
Park signs will remind everyone that 4th of July fireworks, including sparklers, are banned in the parks and on ocean beaches.
Park rangers can easily tell you why. Ask them about how personal fireworks can scare and harm wildlife, or about the litter and debris they create. They also can tell you how easily fireworks of any kind can spark a wildfire, and how they can hurt you and other people.
That doesn’t necessarily mean your campout can’t include an old-fashioned fireworks show. You can still enjoy an extravaganza of rocket flares and brilliant displays in or near many parks. Farewell Bend State Park will host a 4th of July fireworks show, with professionals lighting the fuses, inside the park by a great reflecting pool—Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River.
Several traditional community celebrations are near state parks. For example, visitors to Bullards Beach State Park near Bandon can park near the Coquille River Lighthouse and feel the concussion of fireworks lighting the sky above the Coquille River. You can have similar experiences at Waldport, near Beachside State Park; Newport, near South Beach and Beverly Beach state parks; Lincoln City and Devil’s Lake State park; and at Astoria and Seaside near Fort Stevens State Park. Visitors to Nehalem Bay State Park can enjoy a parade and evening fireworks on the beach at nearby Manzanita.
Several coastal communities have beach firework shows planned, including Pacific City (July 3), Rockaway, Neskowin, Yachats, Port Orford and Brookings.
Campers can watch a show above Detroit Lake (July 3). The Dexter Fire Department is sponsoring a daylong celebration with music, food and fireworks at the Dexter State Recreation Site ($10 per vehicle). If you have a boat, you can watch the biggest display of all in the Pacific Northwest–the Fort Vancouver firework extravaganza–from Government Island State Recreation Area.
In central Oregon, you can relax at the base of Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint and watch fireworks launched from the butte’s summit above Bend.