LINCOLN CITY — Lincoln City announced in a press release Wednesday that its annual Fourth of July fireworks show over Siletz Bay is back on this year at the city’s historic Taft district.

The fireworks show was canceled last year for the first time in its history because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is returning this year for its 66th annual show. Prior to last year’s cancellation, the show ran contiguously since it was started by the Taft and DeLake Fire Department in 1955.

“We are happy to see a long-standing Lincoln City tradition return after a year’s hiatus,” said Lila Bradley, Lincoln City’s interim city manager. “It’s a nice way celebrate as we begin to return to normal with an event that takes advantage of our seven miles of beach and fresh ocean air.”

The historic Taft fireworks won’t be the only show back on in Lincoln City this year however, with the special fireworks show over Devils Lake sponsored by the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association set for July 3.

Both shows start at dusk. If you don’t have a boat, the best viewing for the show over Devils Lake is from Regatta Park or Devils Lake State Park. For the July 4 show over Siletz Bay, Taft Beach is the place to watch.

The city reminds residents and visitors alike to be mindful of the city’s rules and ordinances regarding firework use for the Fourth of July weekend, especially following the destruction caused by wildfires in the north Lincoln County area last September.

“I’m pleased that our residents and guests will be able to have a safe and spectacular Fourth of July weekend,” Susan Wahlke, mayor-elect of Lincoln City, said. “Please note, however, Oregon Parks & Recreation does not allow any fireworks on the beach, and we will have extra police patrols on the lookout for dangerous illegal fireworks. With two, big professional fireworks shows, there is no reason to bring your own.”

The Fourth of July Fireworks show over Siletz Bay is one of many summer events in Lincoln City. See https://www.oregoncoast.org/events/ for more events and updates.

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