4th of July celebrations are a fixture for any number of towns and cities, but Bend definitely knows how to put its own unique spin on the festivities. To mark our nation’s independence, Downtown literally goes to the dogs for the morning. We’d already suspected that they’re the ones running the show, but this is a unique chance to pay homage to our canine overlords as they strut their stuff down Bend’s streets.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall, winding its way to Drake Park, where the festivities continue with music, food, local arts and crafts, and free fun and games for the kiddos. Fireworks will launch later from Pilot Butte–we suggest you leave the dogs at home for that, preferably somewhere sound-protected for their sensitive ears.