4th of July in Bend (2024)

Around Central Oregon, we like to say that summer doesn’t really begin until the Fourth of July—so we make sure to celebrate in style. Each year, Bendites mark the festive holiday by marching in an adorable pet parade, taking to the streets with a rowdy bike ride, floating the Deschutes River and admiring the booming fireworks display on Pilot Butte.

If you’re interested in joining the fun, we’ve rounded up some of the best, most patriotic events around the city. Here’s a quick look:

So as you make plans for Independence Day, here’s your guide to enjoying the 4th of July in Bend.

Pet Parade in Bend

One of Bend’s oldest Fourth of July traditions has nothing to do with hamburgers, fireworks or backyard games. The July 4th Pet Parade has been a Bend institution since 1924 and remains a beloved attraction today, drawing thousands of participants and cheery onlookers every summer.

The event is exactly what it sounds like: Pet owners are encouraged to dress their furry friends in patriotic costumes and march from Harmon Park to Drake Park near the Deschutes River waterfront. Dogs are easily the most common animal along the route, but pets in past years have included lizards, pigs, horses and even goldfish; stuffed animals are even okay if someone wants to march but doesn’t have a living, breathing fur baby. (Note that rabbits, cats and aggressive animals are not permitted.)

When: July 4, 2024; staging at 9 AM, parade begins at 10 AM.

Where: Harmon Park (1100 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend) to Drake Park (777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend)

Event information: 4th of July Pet Parade

Bend Parks and Recreation

Bend Freedom Float

Is there any better way to welcome summer than by floating the Deschutes River? We think not, which is why we’d suggest a river float as part of your Fourth of July festivities.

No, it’s not an official event—but you’ll see plenty of red, white and blue when you float the river between Riverbend Park and Drake Park near downtown. Along the way, you’ll float past the Old Mill District’s many shops and restaurants, get soaked in the Bend Whitewater Park (should you so choose—you can also take out and walk around the rapids) and cut through a quiet neighborhood before arriving at Drake Park. From there, a shuttle takes you to the starting point—where you can continue your Fourth of July celebrations accordingly. 

When: 10 AM to 4 PM. July 4, 2024

Where: Park and Float (1000 SW Bradbury Way, Bend)

Floating the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

Bend Fireworks

Pilot Butte is a local icon; it’s the tallest point within Bend city limits, home to popular hiking trails, and famous for 360º views from a wide-open summit. Every summer, Pilot Butte also hosts the Bend, Oregon fireworks display—delivering one of the region’s biggest, brightest fireworks shows.

The 20-minute show can be seen wherever the butte is visible around town; a few of our favorite spots to watch include Providence Park and Ponderosa Park—both of which boast playgrounds, restrooms, and plenty of grassy space to spread a blanket. 

When: 10 PM, July 4, 2024

Where: Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint (along Highway 20, Bend)

Event information: 4th of July Fireworks

Using Fireworks in Bend, Oregon

In 2021, the Bend City Council voted to permanently end the sale and use of fireworks within city limits. By the Fourth of July, Bend typically experiences warm weather and dry conditions—both factors that create the potential for firework-related danger across the city. Please help keep Bend safe and fire-free by leaving your own fireworks at home. Learn more about the Bend fireworks ban.

More Fourth of July Celebrations in Central Oregon

Independence Day in Bend is certainly a blast—but celebrations occur throughout Central Oregon. Here’s a quick rundown:

Fourth of July in Redmond: Redmond’s annual Independence Day celebration includes a patriotic parade and family-friendly fair in downtown—as well as a fireworks display at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. See what else to do for the 4th of July in Redmond.

Prineville 4th of July Celebration: The oldest city in Central Oregon celebrates with a parade and vintage festival that includes local food vendors, music, games and regional arts and crafts vendors. When the sun sets, Prineville will host a dramatic fireworks display. See what else is in store for Prineville’s 4th of July Celebration.

Credit Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB

Independence Day Celebration in Madras: Celebrate the Fourth of July in Madras with a community breakfast, old-school parade, flag ceremony and celebration that includes music and food from local vendors.

La Pine Frontier Days: Celebrate Independence Day with La Pine Frontier Days—a four-day festival that includes a parade, interpretive displays, living-history actors and actresses, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, live music and—of course—a lively fireworks display.

4th of July Festival & Bike Parade: The Village at Sunriver is a popular shopping center in the heart of Sunriver—and is the host of the community’s beloved 4th of July Festival & Bike Parade. For a small fee, anyone can register their bike for a family-friendly parade that ends at the festival. Following the parade, the event’s wide-ranging activities include carnival games, pony rides, live entertainment and food.

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