July 10, 2019 — Darlings Marina and RV Resort was packed last Saturday with festive fireworks fans for the “Sparkle on the Siltcoos,” Dunes City’s annual Independence Day celebration sponsored by Darlings Marina, Zolezzi Insurance and Torex ATV Rentals.
Campfires from visiting RVers lit the dusk air as hundreds packed Darlings’ parking lot and marina to partake in the festivities.
A live rock band entertained the audience as the community gathered to play games, eat barbecue from Darlings’ restaurant and catch up with old friends.
A few good Samaritans even handed out free sparklers to children by the dock.
As the stars began to shine and the pyrotechnicians were in place, the band played a Jimi Hendrix-inspired rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which was almost immediately followed by the first round of crashing booms as the fireworks lit up the light sky.
The firework staging area, located on the marina dock, was just a few hundred feet from land, giving the audience the full impact of the hundreds of multi-colored fireworks that exploded above Siltcoos Lake.