Many visitors agree that July is one of the best times of the year to visit Oregon’s South Coast. Not only is it a great way to beat the heat (the average daytime temperature hovers around a refreshing 60 degrees), our area is host to several can’t-miss events. So whether you want to join the crowds and celebrate, take in some live music, or visit the many beautiful natural attractions unique to our area, July definitely has something for you! Click here to see some of the events planned for the month and read on!
4th of July — South Coast Style!
Head to town for the 4th of July weekend and celebrate our nation’s holiday with fireworks, parades, BBQ, and more! This recent visitor had this say about 4th of July “South Coast style” on TripAdvisor:
“Grab a float plane ride or on the dock fish and chips, or just sittin on the dock of the bay! The Coos Bay boardwalk is a great place to hang! Some of the easiest access to fall salmon fishing and front row seats to the 4th of July fireworks to be had in Coos Bay! In the heart of town with a bunch of stores and restaurants within a few blocks. Easy parking, so stretch you legs on our awesome waterfront!”
We can’t disagree; the waterfront provides beautiful views of Coos Bay’s firework show and you haven’t seen a firework show until you’ve seen it reflected on the water in Coos Bay! But that’s not all there is to get up to this 4th of July. Local visitors and guests alike traditionally make their way to Mingus Park for a day packed with family fun with activities like a children’s fishing derby, horse-petting and animal petting, face-painting, a bouncy house, and other popular vendors!
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the events happening during the 4th:
3rd of July Fireworks on Coos Bay Monday, 7/3/2017 9:45 pm
Don’t miss Oregon’s Largest Fireworks Display on July 3. The Mill Casino will light up the skies over North Bend and the Coos Bay shoreline, with their annual waterfront fireworks display. Click here for more info.
4th of July Mayor’s Firecracker Run Tuesday, 7/4/2017 10:00 am
Mingus Park and the Coos Bay Waterfront, 10am. Click here for more info.
4th of July in Mingus Park & Coos Bay Boardwalk Tuesday, 7/4/2017 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fishing ponds, face painting, FREE swimming, family competitions, clowns, kids entertainment, horse viewing & petting, Boy Scouts, Furry Friends Therapy Dogs. Crafts and goodie bags, food available, and much more. Click here for more info.
July Jubilee — Take the party to the streets!
Fourth of July isn’t the only birthday to celebrate. The city of North Bend celebrates it’s birthday by hosting July Jubilee the weekend of July 14th-17th! Activities planned for this year include a Sip ‘n Stroll, Show ‘n Shine, Parade, Back Alley Bash, Border Patrol, Disc Golf tournament, 5k walk/run and more! Find a Full Schedule of July Jubilee Events here and check out these images from last year’s festivities!
Interested in taking part? Be sure to head on to July Jubilee’s official page to learn about this year’s festivities!
The 39th Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival — Feel the Music!
Another much loved July tradition is the Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival. We’ve written recently about this event, so we we’ll just let some satisfied festival-goers explain what the Oregon Coast Music Festival means to them!
“Each year it gets better! Excellent variety of venues and wide range of music. Looking forward to more.” – Suzann Robins, Oregon Coast Music Festival’s FB page
“Every year – Oregon Coast Music Festival brings the very best in musician and composition choices to our community. From Rock, Jazz and Classical, ALL the venues are thoughtfully presented for our full entertainment and enjoyment! Thank you OCMF for all the years of incredible performances and lectures.” – Aimee Elliot, Oregon Coast Music Festival’s FB page
Visit the official page to see the latest lineup and show dates!
Get a Little Sun — in the Heart of Nature!
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend heading out to Coos Bay/North Bend’s incredible natural spots. With sand dunes, kayak fishing, hiking, and there is no shortage of fun out in the sun. Some such adventures include:
Hike the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and it is like no place on earth. It’s also one of our favorite attractions on the Southern Oregon Coast because they give visitors plenty of opportunities to find relaxation and adventure.
Go kayak fishing.
Sunset Bay State Park is a haven for kayakers, both beginners and advanced. This adventure was recently featured in Travel Oregon: “Kayak fishing in Oregon is enjoying a surge in popularity. Beginners and families can find a friendly learning curve with a slow troll for trout or casting for bass on one of Oregon’s scenic lakes. Others follow salmon runs or sturgeon migrations along Oregon’s rivers…A growing number of adept kayak anglers head offshore into the ocean in search of cabezon, lingcod and the highly prized halibut.”
Spend the day on the beach.
It won’t cost you a dime to enjoy the best part of our region- our beaches. Whether you want to fly a kite, swim, walk, surf, paddle board or just sit watch the tide; Oregon’s Adventure Coast is the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! Visitors come to watch the seals and hope to catch a glimpse of migrating whales! Check out our many beaches and choose your own experience!
Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to visit Oregon Adventure Coast’s blog for more ideas of natural must-visit destinations.
Between festivals, holidays, and natural attractions, it’s clear that July is a great time to make the trip to Oregon’s South Coast. We can’t wait to see you here!