WARRENTON — “I just hate to see history lost,”?said John Rekert, Jr., at Warrenton’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration Thursday afternoon.

All around Rekert, Jr., author of the book “Rollin’ on the River,”?from which this year’s event took its theme, was evidence that history wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Hundreds of Independence Day revelers lined Warrenton’s main drag, many of them arriving well ahead of the parade’s 3 p.m. start time to snag a good spot, eat a hamburger fresh off the grill and ooh and aah over classic cars and motorcycles.

It was a scene repeated in Astoria, Seaside, Gearhart and Cannon Beach Thursday as the North Coast showed its colors.

For more on this story, and lots of photos, check out Friday's edition of The Daily Astorian, or check back on this website later Friday

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