Did you know that we are one of the unique communities in the United States that has a National Bell Ringing Day?
President John F. Kennedy proclaimed July 4, 1963 as National Bell Ringing Day. Reviving an American tradition of ringing bells as we celebrate our freedom. We celebrate the guardians of our freedom honoring Veterans, Service members, firefighters, and law enforcement.
The bell ringing takes place at 2 p.m. on July 4 to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Bells are rung 13 times, once each for the 13 colonies' independence.
This is our fifth year ringing St. Helens Community Bells. American Legion Post 0042 will ring bells at nine different locations.
Join us at the Columbia County Courthouse Plaza as we count down to 2 p.m. Bell locations are:
- Columbia County Courthouse Clock and Bell Tower, 230 Strand St.
- Warrior Rock Lighthouse Replica, behind Courthouse
- Fog Bell, on front step of Courthouse
- United Methodist Church, 560 Columbia Blvd.
- St. Frederic Catholic Church, 175 South 13th St.
- Columbia River Fire & Rescue Station, 105 South 12th St.
- Plymouth Presbyterian Church, 2615 Sykes Rd.
- Christ Episcopal Church, 35350 E. Division Rd.
- Olde School (John Gumm) 251 St. Helens St.
If you ever wondered what one of these big bells sound like, this is your opportunity to hear an impressive bell tone.
Columbia County Historical Society and Museum Association is also presenting Historical Walking Tours starting at the Courthouse Steps. Tours are scheduled for 12, 12:45, and 1:30 p.m.
As America celebrates 243 years as a Nation, American Legion will be celebrating 100 years of service to our Country. Our community is invited to be part of these milestones. VFW Post 1440 and American Heritage Girls, Troop OR 3130 will be serving Birthday Celebration cake at 2:15 in Columbia View Park.
For more information, contact Judy Thompson at 503-397-6056, or Steve Topaz, at 503-366.7994.