A Guide to the 4th of July in Bend
4th of July 2019
Fun fact: in 2017, Travel + Leisure ranked Bend, Oregon as the #2 town in America to celebrate the Fourth of July! Now with all due respect to Flagstaff, Arizona, being voted #1 for town pride means even more to all of us here at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes than taking the top spot. Besides, a few years have passed… meaning that 4th of July 2019 is the time for Bend to take the crown!
4th of July in Bend
If you have decided to see what it is like to celebrate the 4th of July in Bend, there are a few celebrations for our country’s big day that you should not miss. The 4th of July Pet Parade and Old Fashioned Festival is the annual day-long celebration of traditional family-friendly fun with pie-eating contests, sack races, and scavenger hunts. It truly lives up to its “Old Fashioned” name by kicking off with a Pancake Breakfast at Drake Park. But don’t stuff your face too much as you don’t want to miss the ever-popular Pet Parade that starts at 10:00AM sharp and circles through the one and a half miles of Downtown Bend. The costumed kids and pets walking and riding in wagons will roll their way into your hearts before the big festival continues at Drake Park (until 4:00PM). And don’t forget to pop over to the Deschutes Historical Museum that celebrates our independence by offering free admission and ice cream to all its guests!
A little bit outside of Bend in the Village of Sunriver is the 4th of July Fun Run and Bike Parade. Participate in the 5K Fun Run and take in the picturesque landscape of our area as you dash through the meadows of Sunriver, including some of the most breathtaking views of Mt. Bachelor. Participate in the parade by registering your bike, decorated in (of course) red, white, and blue for a variety of prizes. But the real prize is all of the free entertainment that continues throughout the day including a BBQ lunch, live entertainment, and the annual watermelon eating contest!
Another option is the annual Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Redmond that kicks off the town’s own Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. While not as well-known as Bend’s similarly titled birthday bash, this free event at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center includes pony rides, a zip line, bubble soccer, Frisbee golf, and many other family fun activities to keep you busy throughout the day.
No matter where you choose to celebrate, each festival has one major feature in common… the grand finale – a colorful show of fireworks!
Hotels in Bend
Another high scorer on Travel + Leisure’s survey was the amount of family friendly hotels in Bend. Riverhouse on the Deschutes is not only great for families but any type of traveler to Central Oregon. Situated right on the Deschutes River, we have a variety of fun summer tour options to complement your stay with us. America may be the one blowing out the 243 candles, but by enjoying some adventure in the great outdoors, you will feel like you were the one to receive the birthday gift!