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Happy 4th of July from the Oregon Coast

I think every village on the coast has a fireworks show over their bay.

Campfires line Alsea Bay
Campfires line Alsea Bay

Since Waldport has their parade on Beachcomber Days in June, they traditionally have July 3rd Fireworks.

I assume this is so they do not interfere with sister city Yachats’ La-De-Da Parade and Fireworks on July 4th.

People line Alsea Bridge
People line Alsea Bridge

There’s actually more room to stand and watch the fireworks than there is for parking.  Carpooling is advised.

Great Show
Great Show

Music does not accompany this show – at least that we could hear from the north end of the Alsea Bay Bridge.

Loud booms echo off the mountains
Loud booms echo off the mountains

All we heard were the delayed BOOMs, their echos off each mountain up the bay and then the OOOoooooo’s and AAAaaahhhhhh’s from the crowd.

Fireworks light up the Bay
Fireworks light up the Bay

The reflections on the bay make it twice as stunning!

Waldport put a lot of money and effort into their fireworks show.  It lasted for about a half hour.  Several times during the show we thought we were seeing the finale’.

Very well done Waldport!

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4th of July Parade at Lodgepole Campground, UT

This campground parade was inspired by the 4th of July parades at Rocky Point Campground (Lake Almanor, California), and Ponderosa Campground (Butt Lake, CA).   In typical Utah tradition, though, we had the parade on the 3rd to avoid conflict of Sabbath Day activities.  The weather was perfect yesterday and it is raining today.  Don called all the reservations last week to invite them to join in on the parade.  We decorated the golf cart and found a music CD with appropriate music (John Phillip Sousa, military marching bands, etc).

Lodgepole Parade Float - with marching band music
Lodgepole Parade Float - with marching band music

 We also had a siren noise maker.  We used that and our horn to signal the start of the parade.  As you can see, Grizzly Adams was our grand marshall.  We drove around Loop B to gather people.  The flag team from the smaller group joined us first.  These kids were die-hards!  They probably walked 4 miles today!  Before we headed down the hill, some of their younger cousins had joined them.  We had to slow down as we climbed the first hill because they were straggling a little.  Don said, ‘throw some candy out’.  So I did and they made it up that hill with no problem.  hahaha  – I was thinking they were already getting tired but maybe they were just losing focus?

Lodgepole Parade Flag Team
Lodgepole Parade Flag Team

 We even had a rodeo queen on her horse!

Lodgepole Parade - Rodeo Queen
Lodgepole Parade - Rodeo Queen

As we started in Loop A, everyone started to join in.

Lodgepole Parade - just starting
Lodgepole Parade - just starting

 Trying to go slow enough that the walkers could keep up was challenging because the ones on scooters were right on our tail.  Of course, we’d throw candy on the upside of every hill to help them ‘stay focused’   🙂

Lodgepole Parade - Gaining Momentum
Lodgepole Parade - Gaining Momentum

 They don’t ‘really’ look like they’re having fun, do they?  Maybe they are too focused on when the next candy bomb is coming?  Helmets are good.

Lodgepole Parade - Strollers
Lodgepole Parade - Strollers

There was even a nice spectator who passed out candy to the participants!  And look at the great decorations on this bike!

Lodgepole Parade - Bike Decorations
Lodgepole Parade - Bike Decorations

 These cousins look like twins on their matching trikes.  Awesome decorations!  They even have baskets for the candy they picked up!

Lodgepole Parade - Trike Decorations
Lodgepole Parade - Trike Decorations

I can’t remember if we went around Loop A 2 or 3 times but I think they would have gone around again if we hadn’t given up.  I was running out of candy, though, and wanted to make sure everyone got some.  So we stopped at the top of the hill and passed out the rest of the candy.  We passed out Thank You toys (frizbee’s, bubbles and light sticks) to the kids later in the day.  We all had a fun time!