Summer has arrived and Independence Day is right around the corner! Grab your family and friends and join in the celebration. If you'll be in or around Bend, here's all the fun to be had!
4th of July Pet Parade: A much-loved Bend tradition, the 4th of July Pet Parade is the largest in town and dates back to the 1930s. Kids of all ages are invited to participate and registration is not necessary! Lineup is at 9 am in front of the School Administration Building on Wall Street, and the parade begins promptly at 10 am. With summer temperatures at a high, pet owners are asked to be mindful of the comfort level of their pets, allowing for shade and water breaks, and recognizing the signs of heatstroke and exhaustion. Local tip: Downtown road closures begin at 9 am and last through noon. Alternative transportation is recommended, but parking can be found at the Lava Street Garage, if necessary. Free valet bike parking is also available in Drake Park near the permanent restrooms.
Old Fashioned 4th of July Festival: What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with some old fashioned family fun? From pie eating contests, live music, artisans, and games for all ages, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy! Local tip: Make a day of it! Start downtown with the Pancake Breakfast, join in on the Pet Parade, and continue onto the Festival after! See below for the full event schedule.
- 8:00-11:00 am: Pancake Breakfast
- 11:00 am-4:00 pm: Live Music, Entertainment & Pie Eating Contest
- 11:00 am - National Anthem Bella Acappella
- 11:10 am - Declaration of Independence
- 11:30 am - Five Pint Mary Band
- 1:00 pm - Smokey the Bear & Friends
- 1:15 pm - Pie Eating Contest (sign ups start at 11 am, space is limited)
- 2:00 pm - Nate Botsford Band
- 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Old Fashioned Games
- 3-Legged Race
- Gunny Sack Race
- Parachute Play
- Hula Hoop Contest
- Ball Relays
- Water Balloon Toss
- Sponge Relay
- Watermelon Eating Contest
- 11:00 am-4:00 pm: Kids & Family Fun Area
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: Finish your day with a bang at Bend’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular! Launched from the top of Pilot Butte at 10 pm, the fireworks show can be seen across town anywhere with a view of the butte, city parks being the most popular viewing spots.
If you can’t make the Bend show, there are fireworks to be seen in other locations around Central Oregon:
- Redmond: Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 10 pm
- La Pine: Frontier Heritage Park, 10 pm
- Madras: Sahalee Park, 10 pm
4th of July Fireworks Flight: If you’re feeling more adventurous than fireworks in the park, book a tour with Big Mountain Heli Tours for the ultimate 4th of July experience. High above the crowds, you’ll get a front row seat to Bend Fireworks Spectacular, including views all the way to Redmond. For more information and to book this flight, click here!
Concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater: If live music is more your style, spend your evening at the Les Schwab Amphitheater with musical artists Deftones & Rise Against, featuring Thrice. Tickets are on sale now! Doors open at 5 pm and the show starts at 6:15 pm.