It’s officially summer with sunny days ahead and Grays Harbor knows how to spend those perfect days that feel just right for bonfires, barbecues, campfire songs and plenty of fun Fourth of July activities in Aberdeen, Westport, Elma and throughout Grays Harbor County.
Saturday, June 30
Come join Aberdeen in celebrating at their fifth annual Founder’s Day Parade and Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is free to attend with various vendors at the street fair and live entertainment after the parade hosted by The Garage: Music & Arts Center and bouncy houses provided by Jump Bouncy House Rentals. For more information, visit the Aberdeen Founder’s Day website.
There will also be a Concert in the Park event at Sam Benn Park happening from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event is free and will have live music, games, prizes, and a bouncy house. There will be food vendors and a beer garden. For more details, visit the Concert in the Park Facebook event page.
Get in the spirit of celebration a tad early out in Tokeland for their lively annual parade beginning at 11:00 a.m., followed by games, prizes, and a picnic. This event is free to attend with donations suggested for the picnic meals. For more information, visit the Tokeland Independence Day Parade and Picnic Facebook page.
Join fellow harborites in Westport as they celebrate the 120th anniversary of the first lighting of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be entertainment as well as desserts. For more information, check out the 120th Anniversary of First Lighting Facebook event page.
Sunday, July 1
Head out to the annual Tokeland Trek that departs at 10:00 a.m. from the Tokeland Hotel and goes through the wetlands for a unique peek at the surrounding area. Special menu items have been added for trek participants on the Tokeland Hotel menu with breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. and lunch open until 2:00 p.m. This is a family and pet friendly event. T-shirts are provided for participants and donations are accepted. For more information, visit the Tokeland chamber of commerce website.
Tuesday, July 3
Seabrook will be aglow in celebration of Independence Day with the annual Porch Illumination Celebration, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The illumination walk features festively decorated homes where everyone is welcome to vote for their favorite house at Crescent Park. Afterward, enjoy s’mores around the fire pits. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit Seabrook Porch Illumination Celebration event page.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a fun run at the fitness center in Taholah, check out the annual celebration of the Quinault Indian Nation’s Chief Taholah Days that commemorates the 1855 Treaty. Traditional foods and fun events like canoe racing, a parade, sports, and much more can all be enjoyed through the evening of July 5. All events are free to attend. There is a $10 boxing fee, $20 fee per horseshoe team, and $10 individual fee for volleyball. For a full list of times and events, visit the Chief Taholah Days Facebook page or call 360-276-8211 ext. 4610 for more information.
Wednesday, July 4
The ever-expanding Fourth of July Splash Festival will take place in Aberdeen with the celebration beginning at noon at the Morrison Riverfront Park with live music, entertainers, food, vendors and more. At 5:00 p.m. the festival will move to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport ending with the highly anticipated fireworks display at 10:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and has free inflatable rides and games this year. For more information call 360-537-3229.
The seaport will have vessel tours from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a $5 donation suggested per person and a fireworks sail aboard the Lady Washington from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ranging between $42-$79. The tall ships will be in port from June 26-July 8 offering a variety of sail dates and tours. For more information, visit the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport website.
Thousands flock to Grays Harbor’s beaches each year to celebrate Independence Day. No fireworks are permitted within the city in Ocean Shores and are only allowed in designated areas of the beaches, so make sure to follow the posted rules for a happy and safe holiday.
Oyhut Bay is having a week-long celebration from June 30-July 7. Head to Oyhut Bay Seaside Village on July 4 for their Ol’ Fashion Family Fourth from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. where a variety of old fashioned yard games, live music by Mr. Blackwatch, a watermelon eating contest, and a classic car show will keep the whole family entertained. There will be a patriotic pet parade beginning at 1:00 p.m. outside the sales office. Justin the Circler of Turning Circles will also be there making fun chalk and sand art. For more information, see the Summerfest at Oyhut Bay – Old Fashioned Fourth of July event page or email email@example.com.
For those 21-years-old and up, check out DJ Berry at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino’s Ocean Lounge from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for free. Around 9:00 p.m. there will be a fireworks show off the boardwalk at the casino where Johnny Manson from The Jet will be matching music to the fireworks display.
Gather at the Sunset Amphitheater Flag Pole in Seabrook at 11:00 a.m. for the local VFW flag presentation followed by the Porch Illumination Celebration contest winners being announced to kick off the Fourth of July. For more information, visit Seabrook’s website.
For lots of activities and family fun, head to Westport for the Westport South Beach Historical Society’s annual Fourth of July celebration. Free to attend, the event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with games, prizes, vendors, a raffle, and more. The Maritime Museum and lighthouse lens building will also be open for viewing with admission for an adult being $5 and $3 for children under 12. For more information, visit the Annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration Facebook event page. And don’t forget to stick around for the booming bay fireworks display that starts at the Westport Marina at dusk!
Saturday, July 7
Delight in a thrilling evening at the mid-season championships and Q-Mart fireworks display at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. The grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $16, junior/senior/active military tickets are $11, children ages 7-15 accompanied by an adult are $7 and children ages 6 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit the Grays Harbor Raceway website.
Keep the fun going on Saturday with crafts and activities, vendors and live music at Oakville’s Independence Day Parade and Celebration beginning at 11:00 a.m. There will be the first annual Hoop It Up three on three basketball tournament as part of the celebration. Registration per team for the tournament is $60 before June 30 and $80 after June 30. For more information, visit Oakville’s Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
July 7-8, Uprising Volleyball presents the Ocean Shores Beach Blast Festival with games beginning at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. The event is family friendly and will have live music, vendors, s’mores and other beach activities. Attending the event is free. For a full list of registration prices, visit the Washington Beach Sports website.