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Where To Have A Blast On The Fourth Of July In The Northwest


Fireworks light up the sky over the Oregon City Arch Bridge.

Fireworks light up the sky over the Oregon City Arch Bridge.

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Looking for ways to celebrate Independence Day? Much like the rocket selection at your neighborhood fireworks stand, there are options galore this year. Fourth of July falls on a Monday, so get ready for a long weekend steeped in red, white and blue.

To help you decide, we’ve compiled some of the region’s top Fourth of July celebrations, which offer everything from Main Street parades to glittering fireworks displays:

PORTLAND AREA

Corbett Fun Fest: A small town parade followed by family-friendly events, live music, car show, pie-eating contest, petting zoo and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Estacada Timber Festival: This annual celebration of all things timber is back for two days of logging-related events (think log rolling and pole climbing), plus live music, a Fourth of July Parade and, of course, one of Clackamas County’s largest firework show. Admission is $5 for ages 9 and older; free for kids 8 and younger.

Fort Dalles Fourth Community Independence Day Festival: The largest fireworks display in Oregon blooms and glitters over Fort Dalles during this two-day celebration full of family-friendly events. Sunday concert admission is $25; Monday general admission is a suggestion donation of $2.

Oaks Park Fireworks Spectacular: Watch fireworks, play a round of mini-golf or hit up the skating rink at Oaks Amusement Park. Gates open at 10 a.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Admission is $3–5 for adults (16 and up) and $2 for children (15 and under).

Three Degrees Fourth of July: Three Degrees hosts an evening barbecue buffet, followed by an exclusive view of Portland’s fireworks at RiverPlace Hotel. The event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $95.

Tigard’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration: This family-friendly event features live music, kids’ games and fireworks. Admission is free. Gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Waterfront Blues Festival & Fireworks Show: The Oregon Food Bank’s annual event features four days of live music on four stages as well as a spectacular fireworks show. Concerts begin at 11:30 a.m. Fireworks begin at 10:10 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation to Oregon Food Bank.

PDX Portland also recommends the following vantage points from around the city if you want to see Portland’s fireworks:

  • Hawthorne Bridge
  • Inner SE Morrison
  • Mount Tabor
  • Eastbank Esplanade
  • Rose Test Gardens
  • Top of PSU parking garage on 6th and Harrison streets
  • Portland City Grille
  • NE Marine Drive docks
  • Rocky Butte
  • Sellwood Park
  • The West Hills has many spots near OHSU

Also of note: Parking meters will be free on Monday, July 4, in Portland.

VANCOUVER AREA

Fort Vancouver July 4th Celebration: Vancouver’s annual Fourth of July celebration features a fireworks show synchronized to music. Admission is $7; kids 12 and under get in free.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Red White and Blue Riverfront Festival: Two-day festival on the banks of the Willamette River in downtown Corvallis featuring live music, kids’ activities and local wines and microbrews. Fireworks display after dusk on Monday. Admission is free.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Patriotic Tribute and Firework Show: Catch a baseball game and stay for a celebration of American independence Monday as the Volcanoes host the Vancouver Canadians. Game starts at 6:35 p.m. with fireworks afterward. Admission prices vary. St. Paul Rodeo: The 81st annual Fourth of July rodeo brings the Old West to north Willamette Valley. Events range from professional bull riding to art shows to carnivals. Each night ends with a firework show following the rodeo. Admission prices vary.

Capital City Spectacular Concert and Fireworks: Celebrate the Fourth of July in Salem with a whole day of family-friendly events and live music starting at 1 p.m. An evening concert of Patriotic Symphonic starts at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks over the Willamette River begin at 10 p.m. Concert admission is $20. Admission is $3.

Eugene Pro Rodeo and 4th of July Celebration: In its 25th year, this annual celebration features four days of rodeo, live music, beer gardens, plus a firecracker bull ride on Sunday. Gates open daily at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:50 p.m. on Monday. Admission prices vary.

Fireworks at PK Park: A fireworks show accompanied by a quintet of brass musicians from the Oregon Bach Festivals follows the Eugene Emeralds vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes game on Sunday night. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. Admission prices vary.

Art and the Vineyard at Alton Baker Park: This annual celebration continues its tradition with three days of art and wine-tasting events. Freedom Festival Fireworks at dusk on Monday. $8 Saturday and Sunday, $9 on Monday, $3 for children ages 6-14 (free for kids under 6).

Light of Liberty Festival: Featuring food, live music and fireworks at Island Park. Admission is $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

CENTRAL OREGON

Bend July 4th Fireworks Spectacular: Fireworks start at 10 p.m. at Pilot Butte State Park. Admission is free.

OREGON COAST

Fireworks in Astoria: Downtown Astoria’s annual fireworks display is free to attend.

Fireworks over Yaquina Bay: One of the largest fireworks displays on the central Oregon coast begins at dusk. Admission is free.

Manzanita Parade and Fireworks Display: A community parade weaves its way through downtown Manzanita beginning at 1 p.m. A fireworks display on the beach begins at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Seaside Parade and Fireworks Display: A parade beginning at 11 a.m. kicks off a day of free events. A fireworks display on the beach begins at 10 p.m.

Yachats la de da Parade Fireworks Show: The 20th annual Yachats la de da Parade features a full fay of live music and food in downtown Yachats. Fireworks over Yachats Bay begin at sundown. Admission is free.

EASTERN OREGON

Boardman Thunder 4th of July Celebration: Boardman’s Fourth of July celebration starts with a fun run in the morning and ends with fireworks over the Columbia River. Admission is free.

Burns’ Fourth of July Parade, Hot Dog Feed & Fireworks: The town of Burns’ annual Independence Day celebration features a parade through downtown, a hot-dog eating contest and fireworks. The festivities begin at 10 a.m.; admission is free.

Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July: A parade, breakfast in the park, tricycle races, games and fireworks mark Condon’s celebration. Admission is free.

Haines Days 4th of July Celebration: The annual Fourth of July celebration in Haines features barbecue, live music, a parade and fireworks. Admission is free.

Halfway 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks: Along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, Halfway’s annual Fourth of July celebration features a pie auction, parade, and live music. It all wraps up with a fireworks display set against the stunning backdrop of the Wallowa Mountains. Admission is free.

Huntington 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks: The folks of Malheur County are joining forces to throw one big Fourth of July celebration. Admission is free.

La Grande Community Fireworks Show: The party starts at Community Stadium on Eastern Oregon University’s campus at 7 p.m. Fireworks are expected to begin around 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Shake Wallowa Lake Fireworks: Enjoy an evening of fireworks over the Wallowa Lake near Joseph. Admission is free.  

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