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We ask Bendites: Is 4th of July out of control?


Following the Fourth, we asked people:

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Do you believe Fourth of July celebrations in Bend have gotten out of control?

What do you see as a possible solution?

Chloe Moe

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I think Fourth of July has always been a crazy holiday, especially lately with Trump being our president. I think Americans are just kind of going insane right now, but also a lot of tourists come to this town during that time so I think that has a lot to do with making it crazy. I don't necessarily know what we could do to change that, Bend is such a pretty place.

Alcohol is advertised everywhere here so that definitely doesn't help. The Freedom Ride is a drunk, public bike ride for everyone. My friend was hit by a car on the fourth and almost passed away from it. She wasn't hit by a drunk driver though, she was actually drunk on a bike. It's so hard with all the breweries around here.

Matt Baldwin

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I think it's just a sign of all the people in town. Out of control is a little relative. They have noise ordinances and all that stuff already, I think you just have to roll with the punches of a growing town.

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Sarah Compton

They don't seem out of control to me — but we stayed in our neighborhood and then watched Pilot Butte fireworks from our bedroom. We came from North Carolina and there were a lot less illegal fireworks here, at least that's what it seemed like. The noise was better, my children all fell asleep well before nine o'clock.

Thomas Comerford

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We live just down the river across from the park and the only thing I've seen is a lot of fireworks. Firecrackers and cherry bombs, very loud explosions that extend way past midnight. We have a dog who trembles pretty much the whole evening so it would be nice if something would be done to limit the illegal fireworks. I'm not sure what a solution is, but it's a real problem.

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Olivia O'Shaughnessy

I feel that specific activities such as the Freedom Ride have become more popular so they haven't necessarily become out of control, but just much more populated. A possible solution to the problem could be more police force watching the events to keep people safer.

Elizabeth Schniepp

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I've lived in Bend about 15 years. The festivities have definitely gotten bigger, I don't know if I'd call it out of hand. They've gotten bigger than they were, but I think it has been alright so far.

Intern Sophia Sahm contributed to this report.

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