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A coastal red white and blue celebration

Motorcycles line up for a tailgate party in 2017 (Elijah Daigle/The Columbia Press)
Thursday, June 28, 2018

A celebration of patriotism with a salute to heroes of all types kicks off this year’s Fourth of July activities.

Pre-parade fly-overs from both a fighter jet and a Coast Guard helicopter will add drama.

Residents and visitors will have a car show, motorcycle show, community barbecue and a 100-entry parade to keep them occupied. Later, there are fireworks over the Columbia River in Astoria or on the beach in Seaside and Long Beach, Wash.

July 3

North Coast Symphonic Band presents a free concert celebrating America’s birthday at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria.

Conductor and musical director Dave Becker has planned an evening of all-American music that includes guest clarinet soloist Jennifer Crockett, executive director of the Liberty, and vocalist Bob Walters of Ilwaco.

Clatsop Post 12 of the American Legion will present the colors and the service flags in tribute to those who have served their country in the military. There will be a video finale to accompany the Stars and Stripes.

“United We Stand” is the theme.

Guests are invited to come early for a concert prelude at 6:30 p.m. by Mea Culpa Bassoons. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

July 4

** Cool Cars and Hot Motorcycles show, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robinson Community Park behind City Hall. The car show is sponsored by the Warrenton Business Association and the motorcycle show is sponsored by North Coast ABATE.

** Warrenton Firefighters Association annual free community barbecue, noon to 3 p.m., Warrenton Fire Station, 225 S. Main Ave.

** Kids Activities and the Decoration Station, noon to 3 p.m. in the gravel lot next to the fire station. Sponsored by Calvary Assembly of God Church, volunteers will be there to help kids decorate their bikes and ride in the parade. They can show off their bikes and will be directed by parade staff how and when to join the parade.

** Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade, 3 p.m. along Main Avenue from the Post Office to Ninth Street and then west to Warrenton Grade School. This year’s theme is “Salute Our Heroes.” The parade is sponsored by the city of Warrenton and the Warrenton Business Association.

** Fireworks, at dusk over the Columbia River in Astoria. Fireworks will be launched from the East End Mooring Basin. Viewers should arrive early to claim a spot and bring blankets, chairs, snacks, jackets and a camera. The fireworks are sponsored by the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Ambassadors.

Miss Clatsop Alexis Mather waves to the crowd in the 2015 parade. She was named Miss Oregon the following year. (Cindy Yingst)

North Coast Symphonic Band prepares for a prior July 3 performance. (Courtesy NCSB)

Mea Culpa Bassoons provide a prelude to the July 3 concert.

Jennifer Crockett

Bob Walters

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