Celebrate Independence Day in Bend and wish America Happy Birthday with a day filled with old fashioned fun, food and festivities brought to you by Bend Park & Recreation. Begin the day in Drake Park with the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast whic starts at 8:00 am. Then cruise to downtown Bend for the popular Bend Pet Express Pet Parade. Parade lines up at Bend’s City Hall parking lot with your dog, llama, wagon, bicycle or stuffed animal by 9:30 am. The parade begins at 10:00 am weaves through downtown for the 1.5 miles. After the Pet Parade, head back to Drake Park between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm to enjoy live music, local artisans and delicious food by 2015 festival sponsor Zolo Media.
And – don’t forget to cruise through the expanded Kids & Family area brought to you by the Law Offices of Warren John West where kids of all ages will be entertained with FREE old fashioned fun and games. Festival is held in beautiful Drake Park as much of a tradition as July 4th itself!
Looking back at the 2014 Old Fashioned July 4th Festival
The 2014 Old Fashioned July 4 Festival provided a full day of fun in Drake Park. Patrons enjoyed a variety of Old-Fashioned Games sponsored by Bend Kiwanis and Alpine Physical Therapy. Located by the footbridge, games included such classics as the three-legged race, sack race and watermelon eating contest.
Children of all ages enjoy the Kids & Family Fun Area sponsored by the Law Offices of Warren John West. Free activities include the popular the Flush-a-Duck or Flying Fish Fling games as well as many booths or activities offered by various community agencies.
At the Main Stage area, music was hosted by Sabrina Sloan from 99/7 The Bul and will include a variety of local favorites including Lakoda, !Chiringa! and the Junk Yard Lords. Visitors were entertained by instructors and students of Bend Parks & Rec’s Zumba and classes. More than 130 artisans, crafters, community agencies and food vendors shared their wares or serve you. Festival goers were also be treated by a visit from Air Link medical helicopter at Harmon Park.
July 4th Activities & Schedule:
Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Presented by the Sunrise Lions Club
Live Music & Entertainment
11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Pavillion Stage
Hosted by Sabrina Sloan of New Country 99/7 The Bull
Old Fashioned Games: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sponsored by Alpine Physical Therapy
Sack Races ~ Water Balloon Toss ~ Three Legged Race ~ Hula Hoop Contest ~ Watermelon Eating Contest
Kids & Family Fun Area: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Law Offices of Warren John West
• Bean Bag Toss – Pepsi-Cola of Bend
• Bend Fire Department – Fire Education and photo fun
• Carnival Games – Epikos Church
• Flush A Duck Races – Oregon School Employees Assn. & Bend Parks and Recreation
• Flying Fish Fling – Bend Park & Recreation District
• Helicopter landings – Harmon Park – Air Link Medical Helicopter
• Obstacle course and Bean Bag Toss – Neighbor Impact
• Pin the Tail on the Boo Boo – American Red Cross
• Rubber Ducky Dip – Law Offices of Warren John West
• Smokey Bear Camp Fire Fun – Deschutes National Forest
• Tattoos – Humane Society of Central Oregon