Cannon Beach kicks off Oregon’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Beach Bill on May 13 with a series of events for the entire family!
The Beach Bill was the landmark legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967 assuring that all of Oregon’s beaches would remain public.
A full day of activities are planned for Saturday, May 13th!
- The construction of a more than six-foot sandcastle by the master sand sculpting team Form Finders
- Beach Bicycling and stand-up paddle boarding demonstrations
- Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock Awareness Program will offer tide pool interpretive information on the beach including spotting scopes to view nesting Tufted Puffins and other seabirds on Haystack Rock.
- The North Coast Land Conservancy will offer a guided hiking tour on the beach from Haystack Rock to Silver Point with professional geologist Tom Horning
- And a variety of commemorative presentations by local and state dignitaries
- Saturday’s festivities also include music by Slater Smith of the Portland band, The Weather Machine. The presentation will showcase the band’s collaboration with Oregon State Parks, a music video shot on location at nearly 200 Oregon State Parks
- Cannon Beach’s Beach Bill anniversary celebration will wrap up with a public bonfire and free s’mores on the beach near the Gower Street beach access near where one of the now iconic Associated Press photos of was taken on that historic day in 1967
Thanks to the Beach Bill, the State of Oregon has what is considered the best legal protection for the public’s use of and access to its coastal land.
This historic date in Oregon history coincides with this year’s Mother’s Day, an always-popular weekend in Cannon Beach, so plan now to celebrate mom and Oregon’s public beaches.