There is nowhere better to spend Fourth of July than on the Southern Oregon Coast! Not only do we have the best beaches, state parks, food, shopping, music and more to explore; our region is bustling with special events fun for the whole family- including the largest pyrotechnical display in the state!
From fireworks to sand dunes; from the speedway to casino thrills- there is no shortage of excitement here. Spend the day or the whole week with us, we are your guide to summer relaxation.
Mill Casino to Put on Oregon’s Largest Fireworks Show July 3, 2014!
We get so excited about Independence Day here at The Mill Casino, we like to kick things off 1 day early! Our annual waterfront pyrotechnical display, the largest show of its kind in the state will take place on Thursday July 3, 2014!
Each year, we delight visitors and locals of all ages by lighting up the skies over North Bend and the Coos Bay shoreline with our dazzling fireworks display. Guests are invited to enjoy the 10 p.m. fireworks show for free in the non-reserved seating areas located along the boardwalk. An outdoor grill, beverage station and beer garden will be available at the north side of the casino from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. while free non-stop shuttle service will be available from the south end of Pony Village Mall (next to Macy’s and cinema) to the casino from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Live Music & Dining Deals
The Mill Casino will be serving up great live music and amazing dining deals throughout the day (July 3rd). Early Bird dining specials will be available in the Plankhouse restaurant starting at 4 p.m. while those hungry for a deal are sure to find satisfaction at the Sawblade’s bountiful signature buffet from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for only $17 and half price for children 5-11. After the fireworks guests can enjoy live music by Toyz at Warehouse 101. The Sawblade also features a special $14.95 buffet from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4 and 5.
The Young Bucs CD Release Party July 4th!
Celebrate the Fourth with one of our favorite bands, THE YOUNG BUCS! Launching their 2nd Doo-Wop CD, you’re sure to hear some of your favorite oldies here on July 4, 2014 from 7-10 pm. Concert Admission $10 (21 and older). Tickets and CD’s available at Ko-Kwel Gifts 541-756-8800 Ext 9
Also Happening Around Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston
July 4, 2014: 4th of July 25th Annual Mayor’s Firecracker Run
Annual run will take place at Mingus Park and the Coos Bay Waterfront, 10am. Call (541) 269-1199 for more information. 1M for kids, 4K around the park and up Wall’s Wall. 725 N. 10th St Coos Bay, OR 97420
July 4, 2014: 4th of July in Mingus Park & Concert in the Sky
11:00 am to 3:00 pm Fishing ponds, face painting, FREE swimming, family competitions, clowns, kids entertainment, horse viewing & petting, Boy Scouts, Furry Friends Therapy Dogs. Crafts and goodie bags, food available, and much more. Live entertainment includes “Endless” and the “Lab Band”. Fireworks and Concert in the Sky sponsored by the City of Coos Bay and K-DOCK. Day time activities at Mingus Park, Evening activities on the Coos Bay Boardwalk starting at 8pm. 10th & Central
Coos Bay, OR 97420 (541) 269-1191
Other Awesome Things to Do Courtesy of Oregon’s Adventure Coast
Hang out in Charleston
The bustling marina in Charleston, OR is one of the best kept secrets on the coast! Not only is it the heart of this community, it serves as a home port to a large commercial fishing fleet and serves charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers and recreational boaters. The harbor area includes amazing seafood restaurants, tackle, and specialty gift shops. If you’d like a more authentic experience, stop by our fish markets. Go to Fisherman’s wharf on the D Docks to pick out your crab to be cooked and cleaned for you to take home or eat right there on the docks or stop by Chuck’s seafood for fresh oysters and clams.
Spend an afternoon (or two) at Shore Acres
The jewel of the South Coast, Shore Acres State Park is perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean. Shore Acres is an unexpected combination of beautiful natural and man-made features. Once the famed estates of Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plans and flowers from all over the world. There’s something blooming everyday of the year.
Go Fishing, Go Crabbing, Go Clamming
Our area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming and of course crabbing! The best information about these fishing opportunities is available from local tackle shops. Most Pacific salmon fishing occurs April through November. Halibut is a spring and early summer fishery, while Albacore Tuna tend to be offshore from mid summer through early fall. Bottomfish are available year around – weather permitting – and a charter trip usually ends with an ice chest full of fish. Check the ODF&W website for bottomfish catch limits.
Ride the Dunes
Spring is the perfect time to hit the Dunes! The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast and features wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level. The largest riding area at the Oregon Dunes stretches between Spinreel Campground and Horsfall Road. In addition to off-highway vehicle use, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the perfect spot for hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping. For maps go to: http://www.fs.fed.us
Explore the Cape Arago Highway
Follow Cape Arago Highway and you’ll find outstanding ocean beaches, state parks, and stunning untouched scenery! Explore the beauty in Sunset Bay State Park, Bastendorff Beach and Shore Acres State Park. The Cape Arago Beach Loop is a wonderful way to experience a variety of natural Pacific Coast beauty in a number of settings. This loop will take you to beaches and state parks where you can take in the breathtaking vantage points and see the famous seals and sea lions on the Oregon Coast. Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your camera!