Fourth of July Fun

For the Fourth of July, the family drove to Newport, Oregon for their fireworks display.  Being in Oregon and July it did not get dark until almost 10 PM, so we had a long wait for the city fireworks display.  We came prepared with plenty of our own fireworks to explode while we waited.  The problem was finding a spot in Newport where we could both see the fireworks and set off our own.  After checking into a hotel for the night – to avoid the traffic and drive home-  we walked into the town.

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We found lots of waterfront and a city street lined by tourist beach shops, but no place to light off fireworks or even drink a beer.

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We then walked under the bridge and along the beach back to the hotel.  It was low tide so was passable, but when it got dark it would be a much higher tide and we  would have had to wade back to the hotel in the dark and the surf.  Not a good idea and also the city fireworks would not be visible.

We returned to the room to rethink.   Got in the car and drove to the southern side of the bay where we knew there to be a brewery with a hoped-for restaurant.  We also found a large parking lot, well multiple lots actually, where we could find a spot to set off fireworks.  Also a great view of the city’s display could be seen from here.

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The wait at the restaurant was quite long but there was the brewery tanks for Bill and Nicolas to explore.  The good food and great beer made up for the wait as we all enjoyed a nice dinner.

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There was even a nice Lego table that entertained Nic while the rest of us finished our dinner and beers.

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After dinner we walked down to the parking lot and lucked out to snag a picnic table near a small convenience store.  Bill helped the children let off “safe” fireworks.

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While we waited for it to get dark enough for the professional display.

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When the city got started with their display it was superb.  The fireworks were set off in groups with not much break between making for both a beautiful and an exciting display.