During the Independence Day holiday weekend, Cannon Beach, Oregon hosts a colorful aerial display unlike most communities. The Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch July 4-7 is a seabird watching event on the beach that will offer visitors the opportunity to watch nesting puffins, common murres and many other varieties of seabirds. The Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch is part of a fireworks-free Independence Day celebration on Cannon Beach shores.
While many communities don't enforce state laws prohibiting fireworks on the beach, the City of Cannon Beach has recognized its special enforcement needs related to its surrounding sensitive marine environments and nesting seabirds. Haystack Rock is protected as a state designated Marine Garden and it, along with other offshore rocks on Cannon Beach, is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge system.
During the four-day event, sponsored by the Friends of Haystack Rock, visitors will be able to observe nesting puffins on Haystack Rock, the most accessible observation point to watch tufted puffins in their natural environment in the Northwest. Many other varieties of birds are also common visitors to these areas, including brown pelicans, cormorants, pigeon guillemots, black oystercatchers and bald eagles.
Spotting scopes will be set up on the beach near Haystack Rock from 7am to 10am Thursday through Sunday.