The annual Birch Bay Ring of Fire & Hope takes place each December 31st at 7pm. Everyone heads down to the shore and lights a biodegradable road flare and places it near the water. With people all around the bay participating, the effect is beautiful and the entire bay looks like a string of red Christmas lights from end to end.

Ring of Fire & Hope Details

2020 Ring of Fire & Hope Date, Time, Location

Date: December 31, 2020

Time: 7pm 

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce will have a limited number of flares to hand out for New Year’s Eve 2020 We will be available at the Birch Bay Visitor Center located at 7900 Birch Bay Drive starting at 9am on New Years Eve, until the flares are gone. 

Please remember – Only 1 flare per family.

We ask that you wear a mask, and socially distance from others when you pick up your flare and when participating in the Ring of Fire & Hope Event.

Location: Along the shore in Birch Bay. The Birch Bay Shoreline provides ample room for social distancing, so spread out and lets get those flares all along the Bay! Please avoid active construction areas. 

Below are some links to local businesses who may have flares available to purchase, should your family require more than one, or you want to guarantee you receive one. Please only purchase the no-spoke road flares that burn entirely, and remember to pack out what you pack in from the beach.

Tay's Safety Supply Pacific Building Center - Blaine LFS Bellingham West Marine Bellingham
Road Flares & Instructions

The Birch Bay Visitor & Information Center, located at 7900 Birch Bay Drive, will have a limited supply of flares available to the public.

We will start passing out flares at 5pm on 12/31/2019. One flare will be available per family while supplies last.

Flares should only be handled by adults.

At 7pm light your flare and place it on the shore near the water. It will burn for approx 15-30 mins. 

Do not leave any trash on the shore (plastic cap from flare).