Our Top Picks for Every Personality
Travel + Leisure recently listed Bend, Oregon as the #2 best town to celebrate the 4th of July. We can’t say we’re surprised! This small town is big on community and traditional Americana celebration (well, some not so traditional), and there’s truly something for everyone. Here are our top picks for what to do in Bend, Oregon this 4th of July holiday weekend.
For the 4th of July Traditionalist
If you’re looking for a traditional 4th of July celebration, Bend definitely has you covered. The Old Fashioned July 4th Festival in Drake Park includes gunny sack races, hula-hoop contests and a pie-eating contest. The day gets going early at 8am with the annual Pancake Breakfast. From there, walk to the annual Pet Parade in downtown Bend which gets going at 10am sharp.
The 4th of July Pet Parade is definitely not traditional, however, this wildly popular event has been a town staple since the 1930s making it a much-loved tradition for Bendites. You’ll see just how much Bend loves their furry (and not-so-furry) animal friends! Watch as participants parade their costumed pets through downtown. You’ll see lots of dogs, cats, and many times, even lizards, fish, and birds! The best moment is always the “Flying Dog” which you just have to see to believe. Wrap up your day with the town fireworks that go off on top of Pilot Butte. There are many great viewing spots on both sides of the butte.
For the Family Traveler
If you’re in Bend on a family vacation over the 4th of July weekend, lucky you! There are many family-friendly activities and the fun really has no bounds.
Our FootGolf Tournament, open to Pronghorn Resort members and resort guests, is an awesome way to get the family together and have some serious fun trying something new in the game of golf. On Monday, July 4, join us on the driving range for six holes of footgolf. All ages are welcome. You can sign up as a 4-person team or as an individual. The cost is $30 per player, which includes a BBQ lunch and footgolf. 12pm lunch and 1pm shotgun start on the footgolf course. To sign up, please call the Golf Shop at 541-693-5365.
Need some water play? Our canyon-like waterslide is always a hit with the kids and poolside service from 11am-5pm lets you grab lunch, snacks and drinks without leaving your lounge chair. We also recommend heading to Riverbend Park in Bend where you can launch a fun and lazy tube ride down the Deschutes River. Rent your tube and life jacket from Sun Country Tours, or if you’re looking for a more thrilling whitewater ride, book their Big Eddy Thriller, an awesome whitewater rafting adventure just minutes from town.
For the Craft Beer Drinker
You can’t say “Bend, Oregon” without also saying “craft beer” and “brewery.” We have more than 20 of them now, and many have made craft beer an interactive experience that extends far beyond the tasting itself!
The Bend Ale Trail is the place to start. Pick up a map at any participating brewery and begin your trip through Bend’s beer scene. When you’ve hit all the breweries on your map, which you really need to do over the course of a few days, pick up your prize at the Visit Bend office! Also this weekend, Tubeapalooza at 10 Barrel Brewing just might be the most fun you’ve had on a river tube, and the Brews & Views Canoe Tours with Wanderlust Tours combines two of our favorite things in Bend, Central Oregon beauty and beer.
For the Outdoors Lover
Some might prefer a quieter holiday celebration, and the lands surrounding Bend, Oregon offer limitless opportunities to play outside and enjoy the natural beauty we’re so lucky to have here in Central Oregon. Hike the Deschutes River Trail or the trails at Smith Rock State Park. Grab a kayak and head up to one of the Cascade Lakes for a day of peaceful paddling and fresh mountain air.
And of course, it goes without saying you’ll want to play a round of golf or two or three on our Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. It’s a tradition for many Pronghorn families and friends! And if golf is the only thing you want to do all weekend, we want you to know, we’re in full support.