An unbeatable view of the Yaquina Bay Independence Day fireworks display will be on offer this Thursday, July 4, at Newport’s Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

The Lincoln County Historical Society celebration will give guests the chance to relax in the family friendly confines of the center’s great hall and admire the glorious pyrotechnics show straight across from the outside deck. First held in 2013, this event has become a local favorite.

This year’s celebration will be extra special with the opening of the newly completed Doerfler Family Theater. Local historical videos will be shown at 8 pm, along with a live musical performance by Rand Bishop at 9 pm. An Oregon native, Bishop is a Grammy-nominated, BMI Award-winning songwriter, platinum music producer and recording artist.

Guests can enjoy popcorn at the theater, ice-cream with the fireworks and lemonade to wash them down. They will also have access to all current exhibits at the museum including the recently opened Diane O’Leary exhibit in the Galley Gallery.

The celebration starts at 8 pm at 333 SE Bay Blvd. Admission is $10, but kids under 12 and historical society members get in free.

Parking will be at an absolute premium and guests are encouraged to walk, bicycle, car pool or catch a cab to the Bayfront.

For more information, call 541-265-7509.

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