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The Rockaway Beach, Oregon fourth of July celebration is an absolute blast. There is tons to do for the whole family and if you have not stayed on the coast for a fourth of July family vacation then you should mark it down on your calendar for next year and come on down to the coast. The morning starts off with a traditional small town parade which has lots of candy being thrown out to the kids from different local companies and organizations that are participating and ends with a splash from the home town fire truck as they spray the hose into the air. This year was the 6th annual firecracker wiener dog race at the park in the early afternoon and was just hoot to watch these little dachshunds run in every direction and a few cross the finish line. Kids could participate in a treasure hunt and other activities during the afternoon down on the main beach in front of town and the day is capped off by a splendid fireworks show.

The city of Rockaway Beach does a fantastic job making the Fourth of July a family fun event. We grabbed chairs and sat at the wayside to be right in front of the firework show and it is just awesome to feel each explosion and watch them burst nearly above your head.

Here is where we sat just on the other side of the train station to watch the fire works and a few examples of the show below.

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Fireworks in Rockaway Beach for 4th of July 2012