Long Beach, Wash. - After the Fourth of July fireworks show, volunteers will gather to clean up the mess on the beach July 5.

Last year, more than 300 participants collected more than 9,000 pounds of spent fireworks and other debris.

This year's celebration starts at the Port of Ilwaco with fireworks over the port at dusk Saturday, July 3. Ocean Park hosts a festival and parade Sunday at 2 p.m. At dusk Sunday, the city of Long Beach and area merchants host a fireworks show at the Bolstad Avenue approach in Long Beach.

The next morning, residents are invited to any of the six major beach approaches at 9:30 a.m. to help clean. Coordinators will be waiting at Seaview, Bolstad, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park and Oysterville approach in Surfside. They'll supply garbage bags and directions to areas that need most attention.

For more information on the cleanup, or to adopt a section of beach, contact Shelly Pollock at (360) 665- 5388, by e-mail to (shelly@ourbeach.org) or visit (www.ourbeach.org)

For details of Fourth of July celebrations, contact the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors' Bureau at (800) 451-2542 or (360) 642-2400 or visit the Web site (www.funbeach.com)


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