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THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, WASHINGTON WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS CENTENNIAL FOR 100 DAYS STARTING FEBRUARY 5, 2022

LONG BEACH, Wash. – January 31, 2022 – The City of Long Beach, a vibrant resort town located on the Pacific Coast in the southwestern-most corner of the State of Washington, is celebrating the centennial of its incorporation this year. To mark the Feb. 7 milestone, a series of festivals, events and commemorations will take place over a period of 100 days starting on Feb. 5 and running through May 15, 2022. 

“Keeping a small city thriving while maintaining its character during the many challenges of the past 100 years is no small feat,” said David Glasson, city administrator, who has worked for the city for almost one third of its 100 years. “By recognizing the people, achievements and enduring cultural and natural features, we intend to build even more enthusiasm for the resilient city and vacation destination we know today.”

Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips will kick off the centennial celebration with a huge display of fireworks* starting at 7PM on Feb. 5. The show, put on by the City of Long Beach, will take place on the beach adjacent to the ½-mile Long Beach Boardwalk. While the location is walkable from downtown, parking is also available along the Sid Snyder and Bolstad beach approaches.

Throughout the 100 days, the City of Long Beach staff will share interesting facts and photos online at https://www.facebook.com/CityHallLongBeachWA. Posts will include the original plat map of the city; background on the city’s founder Henry H. Tinker and its first mayor, Gilbert Tinker; images of the Tinker House, early visitors and hotels, and festivals; fun facts including those mentioned in initial city ordinances; and more.

Starting February 2 and running through March 2022, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco will present a lobby exhibition: Long Beach in the 1920’s. The exhibit will include the original minutes from the first Long Beach City Council meeting, photographs of Long Beach in the 1920s and other vintage items. 

Heritage events happening during the 100 days include the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival (April 16 and 17), which started in the early 1940s using the “World’s Largest Frying Pan” as a crowd gatherer, and the Loyalty Day Parade, now in its 71st year, which originated locally in 1950 with the Veterans of Foreign War. This year’s Loyalty Day parade, themed “Centennial Celebration,” will begin at 1PM on May 1 in downtown Long Beach.

The Pacific Coast Running Festival (May 13-15), a multi-day, multi-race, family friendly sports event, and the City’s burying of a time capsule (May 15) will provide a grand finale to the Centennial Celebration.

For more information on the Centennial, contact the City of Long Beach at 360.642.4421 or the Long Beach Merchants Association at 360.777.1226. For destination information, please access www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.

Beach Driving and Personal Fireworks

* Please note, motorized vehicles will be prohibited on the section of beach from the Bolstad to Sid Snyder beach approaches from noon to 10PM on Feb 5. Those cited or arrested for setting off personal fireworks can face a fine upwards of $1,000 and/or six months in jail. Overnight camping on the beach, dunes and boardwalk is always prohibited.

 

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