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 hundreds and hundres of 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. It’s a great activity for families and a fun way to reflect on the end of one year and the start of the next.

Road Flare Instructions

The Birch Bay visitor center will have a limited supply of flares available to the public.

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).