July 4th Parade in Cannon Beach: Puffins too, but no fireworks!

A rousing small-town parade and The Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch are among the fireworks-free Independence Day festivities in Cannon Beach.

From classic cars to decorated bikes, homemade floats and star-spangled dog walkers, everyone is welcome to celebrate our freedom and honor Cannon Beach veterans by participating in the parade.

If you want to be in the parade, registration starts at 9 am at the American Legion Hall.   Cost per entry is $5.  You can pick up patriotic hats and kids can enjoy face painting.

If not, pull up a chair curbside and enjoy the show! The parade gets started at 11 am in midtown.

After the parade, head to the shore. With Haystack Rock, a National Wildlife Refuge, at the edge of the shoreline, fireworks are not permitted on the beaches, protecting the seabirds and natural environment.

But, you can watch another unique colorful aerial display. Tufted puffins are nesting on Haystack Rock.  Knowledgeable interpreters will be on site to help visitors spy the amazing waterfowl with spotting scopes    They can also help visitors learn about the tidepool life and all the amazing creatures on the shoreline.  Find program schedules at friendsofhaystackrock.org/haystack-rock-awareness-program/

Families and pets, both popular in Cannon Beach, won’t miss the noise or the debris caused by fireworks.  

So, wave a flag to honor our great nation and uniquely beautiful Cannon Beach.

If you can’t make it down to stay at Tolovana Inn for the mid-week holiday, make plans to visit soon!

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