Flag Day Parade An Ocean Shores Tradition

Flag Day float in Ocean Shores
Pirates at the 2017 Ocean Shores Flag Day Parade

The enthusiasm for Flag Day continues every June in Ocean Shores.

This year, the annual Flag Day parade will be led by the color guard from joint base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma.
The 75 entries include four marching bands, several drill teams, and the parade Grand Marshall, Miss Washington.
Other parade entries include military veterans, first responders, classic cars and colorful floats. All entries will be adorned in red, white and blue to honor the American Flag and what it represents.

The Ocean Shores Flag Day Parade is one of the largest held in Washington. The parade starts at 11 am on Saturday, June 8.

For over twenty years, the Ocean Shores community has come out in force to demonstrate its patriotism. Thousands of people are expected to cheer as the parade travels through town and down Chance a la Mer past the grandstands in front of the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Why Flag Day?

While the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, Flag Day commemorates the birthday of the U.S. Flag. The American Flag was recognized on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The original idea for a separate day to honor the American Flag is believed to have first originated over one hundred years later, in 1885.

That’s when a Wisconsin schoolteacher arranged for his young students to observe Flag Day while promoting civics, patriotism, and respect for the American symbol. For the next twenty years, the teacher, BJ Cigrand, continued to publish articles and make speeches. He enthusiastically advocated the observance of June 14 as Flag Day.

His campaign caught on and continued to spread, to Chicago, where he later moved, then to towns and cities in New York and Pennsylvania. Flag Day was adopted by the New York State Board of education in 1889. It was observed at the Betsey Ross house in 1991. Communities continued to embrace the idea of a separate Flag Day observance.

For more than three decades, spreading local and state celebrations of Flag Day eventually prompted President Woodrow Wilson to officially establish observance of Flag Day by the Proclamation in 1916.

While Flag Day events continued to be celebrated for years after Wilson’s proclamation, finally in 1949 President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 each year as National Flag Day.

And the tradition continues in Ocean Shores, Washington.

Join the celebration!

Sand & SawDust Festival in Ocean Shores

Ocean Shore’s annual  Sand & Sawdust Festival combines three days of events around the unique art forms of chainsaw carvings and sand castle building.  In addition, this year the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has incorporated its juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show into the event.  

Thirty amazing carvers will create nearly 100 unique chainsaw sculptures to be auctioned each day.   You can watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations to adorn your home or businesses. Professional and semi-pro chainsaw carvers from across the nation will demonstrate their skills  

Among the participants is an international carving legend, Bob King of Edgewood.  He started carving in the fall of 1998, after watching a chain saw carver at a local fair.  He became fascinated and has gone on to win more carving competitions than anyone in the world. The distinction earned him a star on the Wood Carvers Walk of Fame in Mulda, Germany, in 2010.    

Chainsaw King
Bob King, legendary carver

  

“..these events make you enrich and refine your existing talents! I can’t say enough about them. We are put in front of a nice block of wood, given a theme (nautical, animals, etc.,), given an allotted amount of time and boom, you’re off. Poetic pandemonium I call it. “

Bob King, Wood Carver

You can see what he means in Ocean Shores, June 28-30.

Amateur Sand Building

Amateur sand building teams’ team are invited to register for the annual Sandcastle competition.   The theme for this year’s contest is Castle Creatures. Each team will be given a 15×15’ square area to work within and a five-gallon bucket to use for carrying water.  Teams of 5 will use only sand, water, shells and other natural materials found on the beach that day can be used for construction and adornment.

Candyland depieted in the Sandcastle contest in Ocean Shores.
Candyland, depicted in a past Ocean Shores sandcastle building contest.

Novices can start the day with a free sand building workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday morning at the Convention Center.   The competition runs from 11am to 2pm with judging and awards following that.

Get all the information you need here.

FAther’s Day: Stay at The Polynesian, play in Ocean Shores

Duck Lake, Ocean Shores
Trout Fishing in Ocean Shores on Duck Lake

Father’s Day is coming up June 16 and it’s time to start planning special Father’s Day fun. Start with a stay at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.  Find out how you can save up to 35% on all bookings before June 20.

Once you get the dialed in, you can add in any of these fun activities to enjoy special time with your go-to guy.

 Fishing on Duck Lake  

When you are thinking of quality time with your dad, fishing is always a can’t-miss activity   Duck Lake is located smack in the middle of town. The Lake is stocked regularly with Rainbow and Jumbo Rainbow Trout.   The City of Ocean Shores maintains and patrols two public boat launches. The first is at North Bay Park, near the center of town and the other at Chinook Park. Anglers can fish off the docks, embankments or launch their own vessels.  Both parks have ample parking, play areas, portable restrooms and are wheelchair accessible. Fishing licenses can be picked up in town at the Ace Hardware.  A one-day freshwater fishing license for residents is $15.69. No license required for 14 and under.

Go Golfing

Right across the street from The Polynesian Resort, you’ll find the Ocean Shores Golf Course, rightly deemed “challenging yet thoroughly fun to play.” Therefore, you should have a good time, regardless of your skill level. The front 9 holes weave through serene stands of lofty hemlock and spruce trees. The wider links-style back 9 holes will make you think you are in Scotland. For example, these links feature wide fairways, lined with beach grass and water.   Dad will love it.  Book your start time online.

Ride a Moped  

 Around town or on the beach, bombing along on Mopeds in Ocean Shores is a classic activity.  Rent them and head out to explore the town. From Affordable Mopeds.

Go Karting

He probably taught you to drive and still thinks he can teach you a thing or two.  See who laps who these days at Playtime Family Fun.  After that, you can check out other arcade style fun there and at the Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center

Take a bike ride

At this point, dad will probably be glad to know that Ocean Shores is mostly flat.  Easy for him to peddle therefore he’ll be able to share cycling stories from his youth.  Ask him about his first two-wheeler.  Bring your own bikes to the beach or rent them.

Soak in Pool & Spa

This refreshing heated pool and spa at The Polynesian Resort will lull dad to relax. Wind down with him and hear about the guy he was before you came along.

Pose for a great photo

Pick a special spot and create an image you’ll cherish for years to come.   For instance, pose for a photo on the beach at sunset, on a forest trail or near the jetty. Make a memory with dad.

For Mom, natural beauty & a unique vibe

Mom relaxing on the Washington coast
Take mom to the beach and just watch her relax

Sure, summer is around the corner, but there’s no reason to wait to plan a trip to The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.

Spend some time with the miracle-worker who loves you more than anything in the world. Reserve an oceanfront room or suite and just watch Mom relax. Or purchase a gift certificate for a later stay. She won’t say so, but you’ll be her favorite. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12.
fresh water surrounds Ocean Shores

Natural Beauty Abounds

Ocean Shores is surrounded by 23 miles of freshwater canals, with the Pacific ocean to the west.  Therefore, wildlife abounds.  Freshwater fishing is plentiful.  The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and bird watching.  Bring your dog for a stroll along the 1.2 mile Weatherwax Trail around Duck Lake, amid 120 acres of old growth forest.  Or, venture ocean side for miles of sand dunes and flat, accessible beaches.

A Unique Vibe

Ocean Shores mopeds

Ocean Shores is distinctive. In other words, you can find adventures that are unique to Ocean Shores. For one, you can park your car on the beach, entering from five separate access points.  Therefore, it’s easy to load up your car with a picnic and gear for a day of play.   In addition, you can rent mopeds for a ride on the beach or try out an electric fat tire bicycle.  Afterward, go bowling, race the kids around a go-kart track or play mini-golf.  Discover surf shops, seafood restaurants and a boardwalk perfect for strolling at sunset. There’s something for everyone in Ocean Shores.

The Polynesian Resort offers the only condominium-style accommodations oceanfront in Ocean Shores. That means spacious 1 and 2 bedroom units with full kitchens. Amenities include continental breakfast, free Wi-FI and an incredibly inviting indoor pool with spa and sauna.

Call today. Save up to 35%

If you book your stay before June 20th, you can save up to 35%. Call today to reserve your oceanfront room or suite and find out about other special lodging deals, 1-800-562-4836. Excludes Memorial Day weekend. Other restrictions may apply.

19 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Ocean Shores & Special Fall Rates

Ocean Shores has 23 miles of canals inviting for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards.

After one long hot summer, few places are as inviting as an Autumn escape to the Central Washington coast.  In the interest of full disclosure, it would be wise to pack a favorite sweatshirt or jacket for cooler days and nights.

Here are 19 ways for you to get refreshed and recharged in Ocean Shores this Fall.
  1. Breathe fresh salt air
  2. Stroll the beach and sand dunes
  3. Hike lakeside trails
  4. Watch the tide roll in and out
  5. Take a surf lesson (rent a board and wetsuit)
  6.  Freshwater fishing
  7. Look for wildlife
  8. Dips in the sparkling pool & spa
  9. Kayak
  10. Take a long bike ride
  11. Play a game of catch. Or tag. Or toss a Frisbee
  12. Jog
  13. Go-karts with the kids
  14. Two words: arcade fun
  15. Cruise around on a moped
  16. Standup paddleboard on the canal
  17. Tetherball anyone? Play in the private park at The Polynesian
  18. Ride an electric boat around the canals
  19. Sleep with the window open

Fall Getaway: The Longer You Stay, the More You Save!
Stay one night, get 10% off.  Stay two nights, get 20% off.  Stay three nights and ge5 30% off.   This offer is valid any days now through November 18.

Roomy Condominium Accommodations

The Polynesian Resort is one of the most popular resorts along the Central Washington Coast.  It features roomy, condominium accommodations.   There’s plenty of room for family and friends.  Full kitchens are available. The Polynesian also provides free continental breakfast each morning except Sundays when you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet at Mariah’s Restaurant.

Amenities include a sparkling indoor pool, sauna, and spa.  Check availability online.

 

Family-Fun in Ocean Shores, Washington

What’s on your family-fun bucket list?

If you come to Ocean Shores, you can be sure to find memory-making adventures for everyone in your family.

Honey Pride Stables provides horses for beach rides in Ocean Shores

 

Natural Beauty

Ocean Shores is beautifully inviting for all members of the family. The town is surrounded by 23 miles of freshwater canals, with the Pacific ocean to the west.  Wildlife abounds.  Freshwater fishing is plentiful.  The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and birdwatching. On the coast side, you’ll find miles of flat accessible beaches, perfect for kite flying, beach combing, and lounging.

A Unique Vibe

Ocean Shores has a unique vibe.  For one, you can park your car on the beach,  entering from five separate access points. Families love to load up their picnics and gear for a day of play, especially on July 4th when the sky is filled with colorful fireworks. You can also rent mopeds to ride on the beach or try out an electric fat tire bicycle.  Or visit Honey Pearl Farms or Chenois Creek Horse Rentals for a horseback ride along the sand.

Go Play!

The attractions in town are extremely inviting for families with kids.  After a day on the beach, you can go bowling, race the kids around a go-kart track or play mini-golf.  Discover surf shops, seafood joints and a boardwalk perfect for strolling at sunset. Certainly, a kid-friendly stop is the destination souvenir shop you enter through the mouth of a giant shark.   Appropriately known as Sharkey, nearly every visitor to Ocean Shores stops there at least one time for a photo or to select a treasure to take home.

Ocean Shores is the place to come to just relax and have fun with the people you love.

Ocean Shores means summer for many Washington families.

See why. Stay at The Polynesian Resort and enjoy spacious condo-style accommodations with full kitchens, an indoor pool, game room and private park.

There’s plenty to do!

 

 

Sunny & 60’s: Ideal Weather Forecast for The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores

Bright days forecast at The Polynesian in Ocean Shores.

The forecast for Ocean Shores looks ideal

In the days ahead, you’ll find relief from the forecast heat inland at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.  While temperatures in urban areas will creep up in the 80’s and 90’s—too hot for most folks–you can stay cool on the Central Washington coast.

At The Polynesian Resort, the forecast calls for sunny, bright days, in the comfortable mid- 60’s.  The weather looks perfectly inviting all the way through for the weekend of the annual Sand and Sawdust Festival presented by Five Start Dealerships.   

 

Sunny forecast on the horizon

These are perfect days for beachcombing, riding bikes, hiking nearby trails or fishing from many lakes and streams.   Or, you can check out special events all summer long in town and at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

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Chainsaw carving at Ocean Shores

Sand and Sawdust Festival, June 22-24

The annual Sand & Sawdust Festival combines three days of events around the unique art forms of chainsaw carvings and sand castle building.

Twenty-eight amazing carvers will create nearly 100 unique chainsaw sculptures to be auctioned each day.  You can watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations.  Professional and semi-pro chainsaw carvers from Argentina to Texas, Minnesota and the Northwest will demonstrate their skills. The Friday and Saturday the program includes the audience favorite  “quick carve” event.

Sandcastle building workshops will be held at the convention center. Resident sand artist, Doug Orr, will build a sandcastle and provide free daily sand building workshops for the entire family.  With your new skills, you can head to the beach and build your own magical creations.

Then, on the beach, Justin The Circler will give guided instruction, teaching the ancient of sacred geometry through sand mandalas. Justin is a naturalist, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, carpenter, and artist.  He will guide you as you create your own symmetric designs or just freestyle creations in the Ocean Shore sand.

Sacred geometry sand mandalas

Lessons, tools, and plenty of sand await you for an experience you will not soon forget.  Free lessons will begin at 1pm, Friday-Sunday.   Your creations will last until the tide comes in.

Make memories every time you visit Ocean Shores.

Book your room at The Polynesian Resort, ocean front in Ocean Shores!

 

 

Sunny and 70: Celebrate Mother’s Day The Polynesian with Brunch at Mariahs

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a getaway to The Polynesian in Ocean Shores

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores where the forecast calls for sunny and 70 degree days.

There are lots of ways to make a Mother’s Day memory with your mom and family at The Polynesian in Ocean Shores.

The Polynesian is Ocean Shores’ premier ocean-front condominium resort offering a variety of spacious suites.

It’s perfect for strolling miles of beaches, just over the dunes.

Or, maybe mom would prefer to relax in the Polynesian’s huge indoor pool and spa.

If mom likes the outdoors, why not give a pair of binoculars and set out exploring with her?  Ocean Shores hosts some of the most amazing bird migration sites around the globe, drawing birders from around the world each spring.  Learn more about locations and share sightings and information at www.ebird.org.

 When you book your stay at The Polyesian, be sure to include reservations for Sunday’s spectacular Mother Day’s brunch at Mariah’s Restaurant onsite.   Mother’s Day Brunch at Mariah’s is a tradition for locals and visitors alike.

The Mother’s Day brunch buffet menu at Mariah’s Restaurant is peerless.  From honey-baked hams and salmon to Eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausages, chicken in artichoke cream sauce and fresh fruit and salads–all followed by a decadent dessert table.  There’s not a better brunch along the coast line!

Reservations are recommended.  Brunch is served from 10am to 2pm dining.  Adults are $24.95; seniors   $19.95.  Children under 10, $13.95.  Call 1-360-289-3315.

You can also purchase gift certificates for lodging stays at The Polynesian.  Perfect for mom to receive now and redeem in the future for a precious and well-earned getaway!

 

Volunteers Welcome! CoastSavers to Clean Shoreline

CoastSavers volunteers. Many hands make light work.

You can join the CoastSavers clean up this weekend and enjoy an outing to Ocean Shores.

Gather up friends and family, walk the shore and lend a hand. The weather looks mild and promising for the annual spring event.

Every April Washington CoastSavers, its partners, and volunteers join forces to clean plastics and debris from the beaches. Governor Jay Inslee has declared Saturday, April 21 as “Washington Coast Cleanup Day.”

Spring is an important time for people to respond to get the plastics and other garbage off the beach and out of circulation.  In winter, debris arrives, getting trapped high on shore, on rocks and in sand.  In summer, the opposite happens and waters tend to move debris offshore.

But no matter where you live or what kind of work you do, marine debris is a human problem.

Marine debris is trash that somehow ends up in the ocean.  It could be a plastic water bottle you threw away several months ago – not at the beach, but at your home.   Maybe it blew out of your garbage, landed in a nearby waterway, and floated out to the coast. Now it’s degrading and poisoning coastal wildlife and releasing its toxins into the food chain.

Or maybe a commercial fishing boat lost some gear during a winter storm. Now it’s floating around out there, damaging coastal fisheries and pointlessly killing everything that gets caught.

The Washington Coast Clean up is part of an International effort to clear debris from the shorelines.

Register in advance and find out more about the beach clean up in Ocean Shores. 

 

 

   

Start a Polynesian Resort Tradition with Winter Activities and Family Fun!

 

  Book your 2 to 3 night stay and settle into a comfortable and spacious beach-side suite at The Polynesian Resort

 

  There’s nothing like clamming at sunset and preparing your own catch for dinner!

Ocean Shores and the surrounding beaches are home to some of the best Razor Clam digging on the West Coast. You need to look no further than Grayland, Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips to harvest your limits of this unique coastal delicacy. Check the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website for open dates in 2018, visit:  http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

After catching your limit, bring your bounty back to your cozy and comfortable suite and feast on your bevy of Clams! What better way to celebrate Winter!

       

  There’s something about riding horseback on the beach and through coastal waves!

  

There are to Horse Stables within minutes of The Polynesian Resort

Ocean Shores is Washington’s most visited seaside destination. And no wonder, with six miles of wide-open public sandy beaches which extend north of Ocean Shores for more than thirty miles. Ocean Shores features five beach approach roads and no matter what time of year you visit, you will likely find the perfect beach to enjoy a leisurely ride on horseback.  Please check with each stable for pricing and winter hours

HoneyPearl Ranch

Chenois Creek Horse Rentals

  Sooth and warm those winter chills in our heated indoor pool and spa.
 
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