This year, with COVID and the safety of residents and visitors alike in mind, we ask for everyone's help to keep crowding to a minimum during this holiday weekend.
The fireworks display will be positioned to provide the widest viewing angle possible so that people can watch from their homes on the hillside and spread out across the waterfront for a view of the skies above the river.
Please be courteous when selecting a spot to watch the parade or the fireworks display. Please pack out what you bring in like food containers, sparklers and other garbage.
Warrenton Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade
The Warrenton 4th of July parade is back this year! The parade will occur on Sunday, July 4, at 3 p.m. The parade will follow a route along Main Street from First to Ninth, ending at the Warrenton Grade School.
Interested businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to apply to have an entry in the parade by picking up an application at Warrenton City Hall, the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber (or click here to download).
Due to the short timeline, there will be no community barbecue at the fire station sponsored by Warrenton Volunteer Firefighters Association and no car show or other sponsored activities at Robinson Community Park.
Fireworks to Light up the Sky on the Fourth of July
Businesses collaborate to fund public display in Astoria.
The show will go on! The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Hyak Tongue Point, Van Dusen Beverages, Ohana Media Group and nearly 20 local corporate partners are planning to hold the annual 4th of July fireworks display. The fireworks will be shot from a barge in the river near downtown Astoria to provide a multitude of great vantage points for spectators to enjoy the show from a safe social distance.
Amidst the cancellation of fireworks displays everywhere due to the coronavirus pandemic, several local businesses came together in 2020 to produce the show. It was kept a secret until an hour before to avoid large crowds coming from other areas. The unexpected show was visible to many Astoria residents from their homes and others were able to secure a viewing location after hearing the news. The secret show was met with overwhelming delight from community members.
With the continued leadership from Bob Dorn of Hyak Tongue Point and Willis Van Dusen of Van Dusen Beverages, the fireworks display and related expenses are completely paid for by business contributions. They raised funds for a bigger show than we have ever had in Astoria.
“Our goal is to celebrate our community with this long-standing and beloved tradition to help return to some semblance of normalcy while keeping the public safe,” said Bob Dorn.
On Sunday, July 4, the show will be launched from a barge and will begin at 10 p.m. The display this year will be larger and higher than ever before to allow viewing from a larger area of town to avoid crowding along the Riverwalk. Ohana Media Group will be simulcasting patriotic music during the display. The public gathering guidelines for Covid-19 safety may be different in early July than they are now, and we encourage spectators to be informed of and observe requests for masking and distancing at that time.
“The Chamber is honored to have the support from these business partners to keep this annual event on the calendar this year,” said Executive Director David Reid. “We have talked with regional and state leadership about the show and how best to provide a safe experience. By offering a public display, we hope to cut down on personal fireworks displays which become a fire and safety hazard on our area beaches, as well.”
We encourage our community to continue to find safe ways to celebrate Independence Day this year and look to skies with us on the 4th of July.
The Chamber would like to thank the following for making this event possible.
Western Display Fireworks
The Chamber Ambassador committee
Ohana Media Group
Van Dusen Beverages
Hyak Tongue Point
WCT Marine and Construction
American Cruise Lines
Arbor Care Tree Specialist
Astoria Brewing Company
Big River Construction
Buoy Beer Company
Columbia River Bar Pilots
Da Yang Seafood
Englund Marine and Industrial Supply
Fort George Brewing
Friends of the Astoria Column
Fultano's Pizza of Astoria
Kinney and Sons Construction
Mo’s Seafood & Chowder
Teevin Bros. Land and Timber
We also wish to thank the Van Dusen Family for their partnership and Capt. Clark Caffall and Combined Forestry and Marine Services for providing services and equipment.