The summer season is one of the best times to visit Bend thanks to the perfect climate and entertaining activities in the area. The same can be said for Independence Day, as our country’s birthday is celebrated the way it is meant to be celebrated in Bend. Here is how you can spend the 4th of July in Bend Oregon during the summer season:

Catch the Fireworks

Each year Bend has a dazzling display of incredible fireworks that are launched from Pilot Butte at 10:00pm sharp. While the fireworks can easily be seen from homes in the northeastern part of town, you probably do not know many of the locals by this point. Instead, relax at one of the many city parks that have a view of Pilot Butte. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and enjoy one of the best fireworks displays in all of Oregon.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

One of the more unique celebrations found in Bend during the year is the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. You will not find any technologically advanced presentation but instead a full day of “old timey” activities to celebrate with. The event starts with the Pancake Breakfast hosted in Drake Park from 8:00am to 11:00am. Stuff your face full of freshly-prepared pancakes, bacon, and all of your other breakfast favorites. Up next on the agenda is the Pet Parade that has been hosted since the 1930s. At 10:00am you can see this kooky parade of Bend residents, their canine friends, and a few farm animals to round out the experience. The parade can easily be viewed from anywhere in the downtown neighborhood. The Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration brings the daytime events to a close with the main event hosted back over at Drake Park from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Enjoy all kinds of activities including food booths, games, live music, and more than 130 artisans from the area. Now that is how Bend celebrates Independence Day!

Enjoy the Lakes and Rivers on 4th of July in Bend Oregon

Round out the rest of your Bend 4th of July with a relaxing time in the nearby rivers and lakes. You can find all of your water equipment such as kayaks, canoes, and floating tubes from local shops. Make sure to see the incredible Deschutes River while in town!

Your Independence Day Getaway

Now that you know how to enjoy your next 4th of July in Bend Oregon, make sure to choose our vacation rentals for your stay. Avoid the busy hotels of the season and enjoy some privacy in our exclusive homes. Contact us today and see what vacation rentals await you for your next Independence Day vacation getaway!