For several years the annual 4th of July fireworks show for Astoria has launched from the East End Mooring Basin but there was a problem this year with that location. The Port was forced to close access to the old causeway leading out to the docks and that left the Chamber of Commerce looking for an alternative.
This morning the Chamber announced a solution to offer the annual Fourth of July Fireworks display above the Columbia River again this year. This year the fireworks will be shot from a barge directly off the 17th Street dock near the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
The AWACC worked with the Port of Astoria, the Astoria Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal to determine the best way to display the fireworks this year since access to the East End Mooring Basin is limited to foot traffic.
AWACC is grateful for the community support from Jim Campbell, with the Campbell Towing & Marine Company, who offered use of a barge for the firework display. Campbell was recently elected to the Port Commission where he heard of the fireworks dilemma. AWACC contracted with Western Display Fireworks, of Canby, for the program.
In fact, the chamber is promoting an entire day of activities to celebrate the holiday including the Warrenton Business Association's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration (Noon) and Parade (3 pm) followed by an evening in Astoria with the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association walking parade on the riverwalk (8pm) and fireworks above the Columbia River (dusk).
You can learn more online at www.oldoregon.com, including a full schedule of the day's activities.