Rockaway Beach is the place to be,
You know, that charming coastal village which is by the sea.
July 4th is the day they open up the town,
To welcome people from all around.
The jubilation begins with a jet fly by,
Then the celebration and patriotism will be sky high.
The ukulele group will play some songs of old,
Those Salty Strings will perform all the way up the road.
The festivities of independence will consume your day,
Until late at night when you ‘hit the hay.’
A parade, an auction, a Weiner dog race,
Stars and Stripes will surround you and put a smile on your face.
The day will end with fire in the sky,
Memories made today one simply cannot buy.
So gather this day with your family and friends,
Honor Life, Liberty and Love Rockaway style until the week ends.
A very Happy 4th of July my friends. Breakfast time? Well, saunter over to the Lions Club for a mouthwatering home-baked treat. Bring your family too. They open at 9am, but get there early. They will only serve their baked goods until they are gone.
As you gather to observe the parade, you will soon find that this isn’t just any parade. This is ‘the parade.’ You will experience the roar of the military jets as they fly over our little town. Many will stand at attention and cheer, for the celebration of our independence as just begun.
Then, all will celebrate with joy and jubilation as our town detonates into a sea of red, white and blue. The theme, Sand, Sea and Liberty will be apparent and you will soon learn that Rockaway Beach knows how to honor this day.
I have just worked up an appetite thinking about the splendor of the day. It is time to amble over to the Rockaway Beach Wayside. There you will find the Lions Club still serving the community with their Lions Club hot dogs. These folks never quit working.
Now that your belly is full, march right on over to the Center Park at 101 N Hwy 101 (between the Little Crow and Offshore Grill), where you can join in on a good old-fashioned auction. The International Police Museum has a silent auction beginning at 10am and an auction beginning after the parade.
Are you exhausted yet? You had better not be. The Lions now invite you to their Fun Day on the Beach. There are treasure hunts, races and games. Need I say more?
The Brosius favorite is next! The 13th Annual Firecracker Weiner Nationals is at the Phyllis Baker City Park. This fundraiser for the Tillamook Animal Shelter will bring laughter, and tears to your eyes. (Happy tears.) It is open to all breeds of dogs, but of course the Weiner dog races are what we like best. It begins at noon and is located at 341 N Falcon Street. Join the joy! Bring a camera!
Yes, you can rest for a few hours. But be sure to shop at our local stores. You will find wonderful shops from the North side of town to the south side. Don’t miss any of them.
Now it is time for our star spangled fourth! The evening will explode into fun, fireworks and fascination. Our spark-tacular display is a glittering show of light with reflection of the show on the water. There are boisterous booms followed by oohs and ahhhs. Do we know how to celebrate or what?
Now that the festivities are over, remember that our beaches don’t clean themselves. Bring a bag and help keep our shore pristine. Thanks.
The next day, July 5th, the Rockaway Beach Parks and Rec program begins. Stop by our city hall and register your kids. This day they will be also helping clean up the beach.
Saturday, March 6th, take your family and friends to the Meals for Seniors fundraiser at the St. Mary’s by the Sea hall. It is from 8am -12pm. The cost is by donation and the food is yummy.
At this fundraiser you will also have a chance to buy a framed photograph by local historian, Don Best. Now this is a great reason to enjoy a Meals for Seniors breakfast. All proceeds will go to the program.
March 6th is also the date of the community celebration for our Friends of the Library. This is their 20th year serving our delightful neighborhood. Their birthday bash is from 12-2 at 120 N. Coral. There will be music, cake and punch. If you drop by the library a bit earlier, they are also having their annual book sale fundraiser. This sale is from 10-2pm. Be sure to stroll by for your summer reading material.
The opening date for War of the Worlds, by the Riverbend players is also July 6th. Other performances are the 7th, 13th and 14th. These performances are at 36155 9th St in Nehalem at the NCRD Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.tickettomato.com. Be sure to check it out for more information.
Last but not least. The Salty Strings Ukulele Group welcomes all each Wednesday evening at the Rockaway Beach City Hall from 6-7:30pm. Join us! Bring your own instrument, of any kind, or just come and sing. I promise you an evening of fun.
There is your July fourth week in a nutshell. Enjoy!
“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” Yes, what a great city and great country we live in! That’s Rockaway Beach, “Sugar Coated!”