Give back to the beach at July 5 cleanup

We love this beach, and, if you’re taking the time to read this blog, we’re guessing you do too. The Long Beach Peninsula is home to 28 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, a vast stretch of silver sand that both humbles and inspires, relaxes and invigorates. The long beach lends this place its name, it partly defines the area’s allure and helps provide a livelihood to many peninsula residents.

These are just a few of the reasons we love the July 5 Community Beach Cleanup, where one and all are invited to clean their favorite stretch of sand after the Independence Day celebration.

When & where

Beach Cleanup, Long Beach

The July 5 Community Beach Cleanup begins at 9:30 a.m. at all major beach approaches on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Volunteers meet at 9:30 a.m. July 5 at any major beach approach on the peninsula. Trash bags are often provided, but it’s best to bring your own. Pick up refuse at your own pace and work as long as you like – any and all involvement is appreciated. And the best part? It hardly feels like work.

Both residents and visitors are encouraged to lend a hand.

Last year’s July 5 cleanup saw about 500 volunteers remove nearly 6 tons of garbage and refuse from Long Beach Peninsula beaches. That’s more than 11,420 pounds of trash.  After its founding more than 15 years ago, the Grassroots Garbage Gang has orchestrated about 45 beach cleanups.

Long Beach-friendly July 4th

July 4th Long Beach

Beach-friendly Fourth of July information.

We wrote a couple weeks ago about the Beach-Friendly Fourth of July campaign, a community-born effort to tame the peninsula’s once-wild Independence Day celebrations. Among the campaign’s recommendations and stipulations, which include not camping on the beach and only lighting fireworks during designated hours, is the camper’s mantra of “pack it in, pack it out”. In other words, pick up your garbage and strive to leave no trace. We wholeheartedly second that.

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it might just take a community to clean a 28-mile beach. Here’s an opportunity to give back to a beach that’s given us so much. Let’s all take advantage of it.

Upcoming events:

SummerFest – Now through Sept 2-4

Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Fridays through Sept. 29

Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco – Saturdays through Sept. 23

Firecracker 5k – July 1

Feel the Thunder at Port of Ilwaco – July 1

Tokeland Parade & Old-Fashion Family Picnic – July 1

Tokeland Trek – July 2

Fireworks on the Beach – July 4

Old Fashion Fourth of July in Ocean Park – July 4

Community Beach Cleanup – July 5

Waikiki Beach Concert Series – July 8

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The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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