4th of July in Newport
Fireworks? Check. Sousa marches? Check. Awesome beer? We got it. Sand and surf? None better. There is no more perfect place to celebrate Independence Day than Newport. Here’s a perfect July 4, all planned out for you. Let the celebration begin!
8:30 am: Kick the day off right with a 5K, 10K, or half marathon race. Ardor Adventures will present the fifth annual 4th of July Celebration Run, which will include these three race options, plus a kids’ fun run. The race begins and ends at the Rogue Brewery in South Beach, with a flat, paved route along the entrance to the bay for the 5K and 10K and some added trail running for the half-marathon. All distances will include a section on the 1300-foot NOAA pier, offering views of the bay and the facility. All finishers receive a medal. For registration and more information about this and other running events throughout the year, see Ardor Adventures’ web site.
11 am: While you’re in the neighborhood, stock up on provisions for your picnic or barbecue at Rogue Ales retail store. Over the weekend, they’ll have their garage sale, held every holiday weekend at the brewery in South Beach. Great bargains are to be had on Rogue’s best brews and gear like t-shirts and pint glasses. You could also grab lunch in the brewery overlooking scenic South Beach Marina. 2122 SE Marine Science Drive.
1 pm: You can’t skip a little beach time on July 4. Now is a good time to build a sand castle, fly a kite, surf some waves, or just hang at the beach. To choose the perfect beach, see our beach guide.
4 pm: It’s time for some patriotic music to really get you in the spirit of the 4th. The Newport Symphony Orchestra offers a free pops concert to the community every 4th of July, courtesy of some generous business sponsors, including Mo’s Restaurants, Oregon Coast Bank, and Bigfoot Beverages. This popular event, at Newport Middle School, attracts hundreds of attendees every year who tap and clap along with Sousa marches, Broadway favorites, and the orchestra’s annual salute to our armed forces. Music Director Adam Flatt conducts. Admission is free, and doors open at 3 pm. See www.newportsymphony.org for more information.
Dusk: Newport’s fireworks display never fails to amaze and delight. Fireworks are set off from a barge in Yaquina Bay at dusk (around 9 pm). Good viewing areas include anywhere along the Bayfront and from the Yaquina Bay Bridge (on foot!). One super option that will get you up close to the action is to go out with Marine Discovery Tours, which offers special fireworks cruises on their vessel on July 4.
After the fireworks, it’s another summer night in Newport, and the regular haunts will all be open: Café Mundo, the Sand Bar, the Taphouse at Nye Creek, and Nana’s in Nye Beach, the Barge Inn and Rogue Ales Public House on the Bayfront, and many more. Enjoy your holiday!
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