For more than a decade, things were fairly quiet in Brookings around the Fourth of July, save for the annual fireworks display a the Port of Brookings Harbor.
Residents were more likely to head south to Crescent City or north to Gold Beach for daytime festivals, car shows and other related holiday events. This year, however, we are proud to report that Brookings is taking its rightful place as one of the premiere places on the coast for Fourth of July fun.
Residents and tourists can stay close to home and enjoy many exciting, day-time events right here in the Brookings-Harbor area today through Monday. (A complete list of events can be found on Page 1B in today’s issue.)
Yes, the traditional crowd-pleasing fireworks show is scheduled for approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, but during the three days leading up to the display there is a variety of live music, field games, a childrens’ parade, a chili cook-off, a car show, farmers market, arts and crafts vendors, and more.
Most of the events are hosted by several of the community’s nonprofit organizations, and serve as fundraisers. While most of the events are free, we suggest people drop a dollar or two in the donation tip jars. We’re sure local vendors will appreciate your business, too. Every little bit helps these days.
The weekend weather forecast for the area is sunshine and highs in mid 60s. So stoke up those barbecues, hit the beaches and rivers, and check out the local activities happening all day, all weekend.
Also, be safe when setting off your own fireworks. Be aware of the factors such as excessive alcohol, heat, and lack of supervision and common sense that can lead to tragedy.
Happy Fourth of July!