June 29, 2019 — The Florence Independence Day Celebration will again take place in Historic Old Town and at the Port of Siuslaw on Thursday, July 4. This year, family-friendly activities start at noon and the famous fireworks will be displayed over the Siuslaw River at 10 p.m.
“The Fourth of July is a special day for Americans to celebrate our nation’s birthday and honor the patriotism of those who made our independence possible,” said Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan. “For the past several years, we’ve been able to present an outstanding display over the Port of Siuslaw which draws thousands of spectators to our beautiful town.”
While other fireworks shows along the coast have disappeared in recent years, the Florence chamber is dedicated to maintaining tradition.
“We’ll have fireworks thanks to our sponsors, which I’m very grateful for,” Hannigan said. “We’re still about $4,000 under our budget, so if anyone wants to help out, we’re still receiving donations.”
Individuals and businesses can both pitch in through the donation form on FlorenceChamber.com or by stopping by the Florence Visitor’s Center, 290 Highway 101.
Hannigan encouraged people who live, work and play in Florence, especially in the Old Town district, to pitch in to the fireworks show that all can enjoy. Tens of thousands of visitors and residents attend the holiday in Florence each summer.
This year, the show will be launched from the Port of Siuslaw RV & Campground at dusk, with viewing sites available near the Boardwalk and in the east side of Old Town.
“The fireworks are shot over the river. The reflections on the water makes them extra beautiful,” Hannigan said.
People are invited to bring chairs and blankets to watch the event.
Hannigan also encouraged people to turn to KCST Coast Radio at 10 p.m. to hear patriotic music synchronized to the fireworks.
The holiday festivities start much earlier. The day’s “old-fashioned family fun” includes games, food and music beginning at noon. All events are open to the public.
“Everyone loves it and it’s so fun,” Hannigan said of the day-long celebration. “This year, Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the watermelon and pie eating contests.”
Habitat volunteers will lead the contests, which are open to people of all ages, at the Port of Siuslaw Boardwalk. Sign-ups are at noon, followed by the contests at 1 p.m.
“Come out for the fourth and have some fun!” Hannigan said.
In addition, the Fourth is a good lead-in to the weekend’s festivities, including Wings & Wheels Fly-In and Car Show at the Florence Municipal Airport, Oregon Coast Military Museum’s fourth anniversary celebration and Sparkle on the Siltcoos, Darlings Marina & RV Resort’s fireworks show over Siltcoos Lake.
For more information, visit FlorenceChamber.com.
Mapleton Fireworks 2019
The community of Mapleton is also hosting July 4 fireworks. Funded by local donations, Terry Saubert and Carl Halverson will put on a display beginning when it gets dark. The best viewing areas will be the Mapleton High School parking lots and football field, though the school district is not affiliated with the event.
“Please be respectful of the school grounds,” wrote Janine Halverson on the official Facebook event page. “If you bring it, take it home with you. No alcohol, tobacco, weapons or fireworks are allowed on school property. Thank you and Happy Fourth of July all!”
Linda Wheeler is part of the group putting on this year’s show.
“This year, we’re going to set out the donation hat to work toward next year,” she said.
People can find out more by going to the “Mapleton Fireworks” event on Facebook.