Celebrate America – and its northwestern beaches – this Fourth of July!

American flag

Happy Independence Day! Photo: Jnn13

June 24, 2021

 

Fourth of July signals summer’s return 

Everyone loves a good party – especially on the beach over Fourth of July! But American Independence Day is also a time to take pride in the beauty of this country, including its beaches and oceans.

 After a long winter...

As the weather heats up, many people are looking forward to gathering with family and friends – maybe for the first time since spring, 2020.

We at State Parks are excited to welcome family and friend groups back to state parks and beaches. But no one wants to start their summer with an injury, a citation or a car that gets stuck in the sand! So, here’s what you need to know this year to have a safe and fantastic Fourth:

Fireworks exploding in a night sky

Have a blast – and take care with fireworks! Photo: Jeremy Nicholson

Fireworks hours for Long Beach and South Beach, unless posted otherwise:

  • June 28 – Noon to 11 p.m.
  • June 29 – July 3 – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4 – 9 a.m. to midnight
  • July 5 – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Ocean Shores area has a few specifics in addition to these posted hours.

Driving closures: 

Please follow these maps for seasonal and year-round driving closures, as well as toilet and dumpster areas:

Tides:   

  • Saturday, July 3: 9pm +6-8 feet,
  • Sunday, July 4: 9:45pm 7- 9 feet.  
    • Beware of rip tides, sneaker waves and cold water.
    • Move your car off the beach early to avoid getting stuck.

Rules: 

  • Please do not camp on the beach.
  • Bonfires must be more than 100 feet from dune grasses or vegetation.
  • Drive sober - including on the beach (officially a state highway).
  • State and local law enforcement and Washington State Parks rangers will be on patrol.
Trash on a beach

High tides carried an estimated 700 tons of trash into the ocean after July 4 weekend last year — in Washington alone.

 From sea to shining sea...

Washington State Parks manages and protects 60 miles of the Washington Seashore Conservation Area, a stretch of coastline with unique ecosystems, including threatened and endangered species.

State Parks and Washington’s coastal communities ask that you take care of the beach. This way Washingtonians and visitors can enjoy our coastline for generations to come. Here’s how to help:

  • Pack in/pack out.
  • Use dumpsters.
  • Extinguish fireworks before dumping them.
  • Don’t end up with poo on your shoe. Use port-a-potties and pick up after pets.

 

People carrying a rope and cleaning trash off of a beach

A family of volunteers removes trash from the beach after July 4 weekend.

 “Ask not what your country can do for you...”

As JFK so famously said: “...Ask what you can do for your country.”person-watching-fireworks-illustraion

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!