Central Oregon Coast Fourth Features Longer Show
(Newport, Oregon) – The big fireworks show in Newport, on the central Oregon coast, just got a little bit longer.
This year, the massive explosions will be around 1900 rounds, as opposed to last year’s 1100.
Newport Assistant Fire Chief Toby Cole said this will elongate the celebration a little bit, slightly more than the 15 to 20 minutes these displays usually take.
Newport’s Fourth of July display has always had a few aspects that were different from many in the state. Every year, over ten thousand tourists and residents gather to witness what may be the most dynamic fireworks shows in Oregon. The surrounding hills of Yaquina Bay create an unusual effect where the sound is bounced back and forth, tripling or quadrupling the explosion noises from the mortars.
Dozens of boats dot the bay, and some occasionally shoot off their own flares high into the air. This creates quite the surreal sight if you’re driving over the Yaquina Bay Bridge and see fireworks hovering at the same elevation as you.
The area’s unique geography provides an interesting array of viewing spots: the surrounding hills, the long bayfront district, South Beach and even some of the beaches. Additionally, there is about three miles along the north and south riverbanks of the Yaquina River where you can see the fireworks.
Other events coincide with the weekend’s aerial festivities as well.
July 4. Newport Symphony Orchestra. Free show spotlighting popular and patriotic classics. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 322 NE Eads Street Newport, Oregon. 541-256-ARTS.
The Newport Clambake and Seafood BBQ takes place the day before – on July 3, where the entire beachfront district of Nye Beach holds a seafood barbecue and a fair with live music, food booths, arts and crafts and a celebration of the neighborhood’s history. A pet parade where the public can join in is a highlight.
Oregon Coast Aquarium will be open normal hours, featuring their new exhibit, “Swampland.” 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-3474.
The Oregon Air National Guard will provide a military flyover of Newport that day. The flyover will occur at 11:36 a.m. (give or take a few minutes), and will consist of two F-15 fighter jets.
The pilots are members of the 142nd Fighter Wing, home to Oregon Air National Guard's Redhawks. The mission of the 142nd Fighter Wing is to provide unequalled, mission ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasks any time and any place in service to our nation, state, and community.
The Oregon Air National Guard is participating in flyovers throughout the state on July 4, and Newport is honored to be one of those locations.
For more information on Newport’s fireworks and Fourth of July activities, call the Newport Chamber of Commerce at 800-262-7844.
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