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8 Essential Fourth of July Events In and Around Bend, Oregon 2018

  |  Central Oregon, Local Happenings, Neighborhood Insight

The Fourth of July is almost here! Each year, the communities in Central Oregon come together for a patriotic day filled with fun, food, festivities, and of course — fireworks.

Bend is the place to be this Fourth of July. In fact, a few years back, Travel + Leisure named Bend the #2 best town in America for July 4th. And the city even ranked #1 for town pride, partly because of its creative celebration of the holiday. Take a look at the exciting events happening in and around Bend this Independence Day!



4th of July Pet Parade and Old Fashioned Festival

July 4 | 8 a.m. (Pancake Breakfast) + 10 a.m. (Parade) + 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Festival)

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This exciting Bend tradition dates back to 1932. Each Fourth of July, the Bend Park & Recreation District presents a day filled with old-fashioned fun, food and festivities, starting with a pancake breakfast and the ever-popular pet parade. Watch as dogs, wagons, bicycles and stuffed animals walk the 1.5-mile parade route through downtown Bend. After the parade, head to Drake Park for live music, local artisan crafts, food carts and lots of activities for all ages. The parade and festival are completely free!


July 4th Fireworks on Pilot Butte

July 4 | 10 p.m.

End the holiday with a bang by admiring the spectacular fireworks show high in the sky over Bend. This annual fireworks show is launched from the top of Pilot Butte at 10 p.m. The show is visible from nearly any spot in town, especially at various high points at parks throughout the area.



Sunriver 4th of July Festival

July 4 | 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Head to The Village at Sunriver for their annual 4th of July Festival, an all-day celebration packed with activities. The celebration kicks off with a bike and float parade beginning at Sunriver Resort and ending at The Village courtyard. Participate by registering and adorning your bike in red, white and blue for a chance to win prizes! Enjoy a myriad of free entertainment all day, including a watermelon eating contest, games, music and a BBQ lunch.


4th of July 5K Fun Run

Participate in the 4th of July 5K Fun Run at Sunriver Resort. This fun run will take runners through the meadows of Sunriver, offering views of Mt. Bachelor, Central Oregon wildlife and surrounding scenery. Participants will receive a commemorative pint glass and a complimentary beer or soda. Registration costs $30–40. The starting line is behind the resort’s main lodge.



Fourth of July Parade

July 4 | 10 a.m.

Don’t miss the annual Fourth of July Parade traveling along Sixth Street from Dogwood to Forest in downtown Redmond. Admire the 90+ patriotic entries, hundreds of commemorative flags posted in and around downtown, and more. Parade entry is free if you would like to participate! After the red, white and blue procession, head to the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center for the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration (detailed below).


Redmond’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 | 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Redmond’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration Redmond, OR

Photo Courtesy of the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District

Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond. The Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is a free, fun, family-friendly event with games, contests, pony rides, archery, a climbing wall, a zip line, frisbee golf, bounce houses, a bicycle obstacle course, bubble soccer, and more. Concessions will be available for purchase. Plus, there will be a beer garden for those over 21!


Annual Fireworks Show in Redmond

Return to the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center just before sunset for Redmond’s annual fireworks display, brought to you by High Desert Aggregate and Paving, Inc. This colorful show will begin at dusk, or around 10 p.m.!



Rally on the Runway

July 4 | 7 a.m.–12 p.m.

Rally on the Runway Sisters Eagle Airport

Photo Courtesy of the Sisters Eagle Airport

Wake up bright and early and head to the Sisters Eagle Airport just north of Sisters for the Rally on the Runway, a special aircraft and automobile showcase. The event will feature a pancake and sausage breakfast, a 5K run/walk fundraiser, a great rubber chicken drop, and more.


Happy Fourth of July!

We wish you a fun, memorable and safe Fourth of July spent with family and friends!

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