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City of Ocean Shores Fourth of July Information

The Fourth of July is this weekend, here are a few items to keep this a happy and safe holiday.

Keep our beach clean
On the 4th of July free garbage bags will be handed out at the beach approaches. There are designated litter bag dump stations at each beach approach.

Garbage bags can be purchased at the Ocean Shores Convention Center between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. They will be open all weekend or the Ocean Shores Police Department during regular business hours.

Stay safe

There are no lifeguards on the beach. Do not attempt to rescue someone in the ocean. You will likely become a victim yourself. Call 911 and stay there!

Never turn your back on the waves. Sneaker waves are powerful waves that come high up on the beach without warning.

It is highly RECOMMENDED to wear a life jacket when playing near the water's edge.

Keep a close eye on your children.

It is highly recommended to check the tide tables for Ocean Shores
Click here for Ocean Shores tide table 


It is unlawful to use, discharge, ignite or explode any fireworks within the city limits (OSMC 8.12.025)

Fireworks are allowed only on the beach between the Marine View Drive Beach Access and the Damon Beach Approach a minimum of one hundred feet west of the dunes. (Ord. 845 § 3, 2008: Ord. 582 § 1, 1995)

Consumer Fireworks can be sold or discharged on the beach within the designated area on the second and third of July between the hours of twelve p.m. and eleven p.m. and the fourth of July (OSMC 8.12.110)

The  Countywide Burn Restriction is still in effect.

With the recent trend of warm and dry weather the Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal’s office and local Fire Districts, will be enacting restrictions on outdoor burning in Grays Harbor County.  

These restriction include
Charcoal and wood burning, recreational campfires, residential yard waste and land clearing burning are prohibited until further notice.

The use of natural and propane gas burning self-contained camping stoves and natural and propane gas burning portable fire pits are allowed.

Please contact your local fire district for further information and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for updates on burn restrictions at 1-800-323-BURN or visit their website at  Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at for a full list of burn restrictions in the local and surrounding areas.

At the time of this notice Washington State Parks was enacting a similar ban for local beaches.

For current information about fires on local BEACHES contact WASHINGTON STATE PARKS @ (360) 902-8844.

If you see unsafe activity in or around the dune grass please call 911. 

More information can be found at the following links:
Fourth of July
Beach Safety

Happy Fourth of July!