Port of Hood River announces waterfront closures for July 4 festivities

Fireworks explode over the Columbia River in the Eyeopener Lions’ annual show.

Photo by Ben Mitchell
Fireworks explode over the Columbia River in the Eyeopener Lions’ annual show.

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to several Port of Hood River waterfront properties beginning Friday, July 3 when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begins setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

The following areas will be closed or have limited access:

The Spit: The Port will close the Spit area at noon on Friday, July 3 until noon on Sunday, July 5.

Event Site Access to Sandbar: Access to the Sandbar from the Event Site will be closed at 7 p.m. on July 4 to all spectators and recreationalists due to fireworks. Kiteboard launching and landing from the Event Site grass is prohibited.

Marina Beach and Marina Park: The sandy area of the Marina Beach will be closed at 7 p.m. on July 4. Once the Marina Park parking areas are full, “Closed” signs will be posted at the entrance and additional vehicles will not be allowed into Marina Park.

Nichols Basin West Edge: With construction of the new walking path planned for completion July 2, access to the wide walking path and new sandy beach will be open. However, newly planted grass areas will be fenced off to avoid damage and enable successful establishment of the grass seed.

Use of fireworks by the public is prohibited on all Port properties, including the Marina and Waterfront areas. This policy is strictly enforced. People planning on watching the fireworks from the Marina and the Waterfront are reminded that the show’s conclusion usually brings very heavy traffic congestion. The Port urges patience and cooperation to help ease the pressure created by the large number of vehicles attempting to exit the area at the same time. Dark conditions and heavy pedestrian traffic during this time make it all the more important to use caution and take your time driving in the area.

For more information, contact the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645 or via email to porthr@gorge.net for more information.

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