Grays Harbor residents will be getting more “banks” for their buck on the 4th of July as Aberdeen has big festivities planned on either side of the Chehalis River all day Thursday.
While the perennial favorite Splash Festival will be all over Morrison Riverfront Park — as usual — new this year will be the “South Side Sail-a-bration” across the river in South Aberdeen at what is something of a coming out party for Seaport Landing, the tract of land envisioned as a future home of a history-based tourism center showcasing the area’s timber and tall ship heritage.
From noon to 6 p.m., there will be public tours of Seaport Landing, The Lady Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain. Seaport Landing is located at 500 N. Custer St. in South Aberdeen on the former site of the Weyerhaeuser sawmill. Parking is available on site.The Seaport is also hosting a classic car show, a community garage sale, along with food prepared by Aberdeen Lions Club and a beer garden hosted by the Captain’s Corner restaurant and lounge.
Fireworks go off at 10 p.m. and can be seen all over the city. The Seaport is inviting the public to watch the show from the Seaport Landing pier at no charge. Some seating is provided, though visitors should bring folding chairs and blankets. Portable toilet facilities are available. The public may also view the fireworks from the decks of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain on a Fireworks Sail. For sailing tickets, call 1-800-200-5239, or purchase online at http://www.historicalseaport.org.
Across the river, the annual Splash Festival has a day full of events topped off by the dazzling professional fireworks display. The festival is also in conjunction with the official dedication of Seaport Landing.
The Splash Festival includes lots of activities and games for youth, two stages of entertainment, including a comedy stunt show with Matt Baker at 12:30 p.m., the “zany comedy” of Bill Robison at 2 p.m., Elvis impersonator Jason Whited at 2:15 p.m.; and comedy magicians Trevor and Lorena at 3:30 p.m., along with other musical acts throughout the day. More information is available at http://www.splash.aberdeenwa.gov. Fireworks go off at 10 p.m. and can be seen all over the city.
That covers Aberdeen, but there are Independence Day activites all over the area:
The Fourth of July is a blast of activity across the North Beach area, but only the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino this year is sponsoring a full professional fireworks show. The casino is located at 78 Highway 115, near Ocean Shores.
After more than 30 years of fireworks in Ocean City, the annual Fire O’er the Water was cancelled because of lack of funding. The casino’s show will be on the beach in front of the resort starting about 10 p.m.
Fireworks are also allowed to be discharged on the beach at Ocean Shores between the Marine View Drive Beach Access and the Damon Beach Approach a minimum of 100 feet west of the dunes from noon to midnight on July 4. With so many fireworks, it actually looks pretty amazing.
Only legal fireworks may be discharged. Firecrackers and bottle-rocket type fireworks are not permitted.
Dispose of garbage and used fireworks properly in garbage containers, Do not leave trash on the beach, city officials implore.
Beach campfires must be a minimum of 100 feet west of the dunes. Completely extinguish your campfire before you leave.
Some other rules and tips regarding the 4th of July on Ocean Shores beaches:
• Fireworks shall not be discharged in or into the dunes.
• Fireworks shall not be discharged from decks or balconies of hotels, motels or any residential properties.
• Do not drink and drive. The beach is a state highway and all licensing, registration and rules of the road apply the same as they do on any other public roadway. Maximum speed limit is 25 miles per hour or slower if the beaches are crowded.
• Violation of fireworks, motor vehicle or other laws can lead to citations ranging from $150 to well over $1,000.
• Ocean Shores police will be patrolling the beaches, keeping people at least 100 feet away from the dune grass areas.
• Volunteers will be at the beach approaches handing out litter bags for use. The bags can be dropped off at designated marked areas.
• Be advised that the Ocean Shores Surf Rescue team has been cut due to budget issues. Be careful in the ocean and wear a life jacket when in the water. Rip currents can pull you out to sea very quickly. If you find yourself in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the beach until the current releases you, then swim to shore.
The Shoalwater Bay Casino is hosting a free fireworks show. The casino is located at Highway 105 in Tokeland, about 20 minutes south of Westport. The fireworks will go off at 10:05 p.m. with free hot dogs distributed at 6 p.m., while they last.
The Westport Maritime Museum in the Marina District of Westport hosts an annual “Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration.” There is a “booming bay” fireworks display at dusk at the marina. The celebration includes games, food, musical entertainment and more and goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 2201 Westhaven Drive.