The tall ship Lady Washington won’t be in town for a July 4 fireworks sail as it has in past years, but there still will be fireworks over the Chehalis River in Aberdeen this year. (File photo)

The tall ship Lady Washington won’t be in town for a July 4 fireworks sail as it has in past years, but there still will be fireworks over the Chehalis River in Aberdeen this year. (File photo)

Fireworks, parades slated for July 4 weekend

You’ve got a few choices for professional fireworks shows in Grays Harbor on the Fourth of July.

There will be a fireworks show in Aberdeen on July 4, despite the cancellation of the city’s Splash Festival. The show will be launched over the Chehalis River from Morrison Riverfront Park (east of the Tractor Supply store on the east end of town) and will be visible from many areas around town. The show starts about 10 p.m., and is sponsored by Five Star Dealerships.

The Booming Bay Fireworks Display will light up the Westport Marina on July 4 around 10 p.m. The show’s expected to run about 45 minutes. There’s a fair amount of parking available along Westhaven Drive, more in the lots a block west on Nyhus Street North between Coast Road and Harbor Street.

Other events

In Pacific County, the Tokeland Old Fashioned 4th of July parade is on again this year and will be held Saturday, July 3. Sign up for the parade at the Tokeland Marina at 10 a.m.; the road closes at 10:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 11 a.m. There is no Tokeland-North Cove Chamber of Commerce picnic scheduled this year.

The city of Oakville will not be hosting a fireworks display this year, but will hold its Oakville Independence Day parade and Scoot the Route car show on Saturday, July 3, according to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will travel down Highway 12 starting at 11 a.m. The car show, along with vendors and a beer garden on the lawn by the school, starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. A junior rodeo will be going on throughout the day at the Oakville Regional Event Center.

Private fireworks on the beaches, etc.

The Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores will not be holding a fireworks show this year. The beaches, however, are usually lit with fireworks during the Fourth of July.

In Ocean Shores, fireworks are allowed on the beach only from the Marine View Drive beach access north, not within the city. Legal discharge times are between noon and 11 p.m. July 2-3 and noon and midnight July 4. Again, fireworks must be at least 100 feet way from the dune grass.

On the South Beach, fireworks can be discharged on the beach from West Bonge Avenue to Cranberry Beach Road, between 12 p.m. June 28 and 11 p.m. July 15. You must be more than 100 feet away from the state parks (Twin Harbors and Grayland Beach), and at least 100 feet away from the dunes and dune grass.

As for fireworks elsewhere, check with individual cities’ and the county’s bylaws for local fireworks restrictions.

Of course, with this long stretch of high temperatures and dry conditions, further restrictions could come down before the holiday weekend. Be aware of any changes before lighting a fuse.