What’s on your Independence Day weekend itinerary? Recognized as one of “America’s Best Towns for July 4th” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, there are abundant options here in Bend.

Here are six ideas to make your weekend extra festive:

Shop the Sales

Enjoy holiday discounts at our retailers throughout the weekend. Please note that some retailers may choose to close at 6p in observance of the holiday.

Dine on the Patio

With unlimited sunshine, it’s an ideal time to dine al fresco. Enjoy culinary delights from Anthony’s, Gregg’s Grill, Pastini Pastaria, or Red Robin on river-side patios or enjoy air-conditioned comfort at any one of our delicious dining establishments.

Go for a Ride

Wheel Fun rentals are First Come First Serve on the 4th. With a number of organized bike rides offered around town, you’ll want to be sure to arrive early to secure your steed.

Stroll the First Friday Art Walk

We have a special tip for the art-loving among you. This year the 4th of July falls on First Friday, making it the perfect opportunity to feast on creative inspiration in Bend.

Free First Friday Shuttles are offered throughout the evening for everyone. We recommend beginning your evening in the Old Mill District, continuing festivities downtown and concluding your evening with friends & fireworks.

Our Around the Block Quilt Walk debuts on July 4th and continues through the 20th. Visitors can take download a free map and take a self guided walking tour of gorgeous textiles on display throughout our retailer locations.

Roz Eaton, will be making her debut exhibit with “Ladies in Waiting” at Naked Winery. Mother to Olympic Champion Ashton Eaton, Roz will be at Naked Winery on Friday for the opening night reception. You can read more about the artist and her works on her blog.

Take time on the Deschutes River

Need watercraft? Visit Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe for StandUp Paddle Board and other gear. They will be open on the 4th from 9am – 7pm.

For those of you planning on a River float, a modified Ride the River shuttle will be operating on Friday. The shuttle will operate from McKay Park only. Cost is $1.50 for one ride, or $2.50 for all day. Regular river shuttle services begin July 5th. Please visit Bend Parks and Recreation website for more information.

Enjoy the Sounds of Summer 

Pack the sunscreen, blanket, kiddos and refreshments and head toward the Les Schwab Amphitheater. We’ve got the Cerny Brothers on the Summer Sunday stage. Midwest roots inspire this Americana band, visiting Bend from their adopted home base of Los Angeles. It will be a lovely way to put an exclamation point on a celebratory weekend.

There are many more activities waiting to be enjoyed here in the Old Mill District and throughout Central Oregon. Whatever you do, make it Bend-tastic!