Photos by Jared Anderson, Mark Brennan and Ned Hickson
July 7, 2018 — “The Fourth of July is a big deal in town. It feels very Americana and small town,” said Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director Terry Abeyta. “It’s a very special feeling when you’re walking down Bay Street and around the area.”
Groups held events all over town to celebrate Independence Day, including barbecues, pie and watermelon-eating contests, snow cones and more — with fireworks over the Siuslaw River providing a “big bang” conclusion.
The Chamber hosted the fireworks, with additional sponsorship by Banner Bank, City of Florence, Florence Dental Clinic, Great Western Corporation, Hop Valley Brewing, Lofy Construction, Port of Siuslaw, Shorewood Senior Living, American Legion Post 59, Kitchen Klutter, Duman Inc. Florence and the Florence Saw Shop.
“The old-fashioned Fourth of July is one of the nicer family-oriented events we do here,” said Chamber Executive Director Bettina Hannigan. “It’s a wonderful family event with a lot of people coming in and hanging out around the Port of Siuslaw.”
“Look, Mama! It’s shooting stars!” one three-year-old said when the big fireworks show began Wednesday on the Port of Siuslaw Boardwalk. Families gathered together for patriotic events all day in Florence and surrounding communities. More festivities continue tomorrow with Oregon Coast Military Museum’s third anniversary celebration and the eighth annual Wings and Wheels event.