Hoping to kick off your summer Fourth of July celebrations with a bang? Light some roman candles and wish America a happy 243rd birthday.

Whether you’ve decided to make a road trip out of it or kick back with the comfort of your neighborhood barbecue, celebrations are near. So hold on to your hamburgers because we’ll let you know where to make the most out of your holiday faster than your ice cream can melt.

PORTLAND AREA + GORGE

Waterfront Blues Festival: Follow your soul and come to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park for a weekend of live music, great food and 22 minutes of fireworks on the waterfront. Gates open at 11 a.m.

Estacada Timber Festival: Want to celebrate America while simultaneously celebrating Oregon’s timber heritage? This annual celebration hosts one of Clackamas County’s largest fireworks shows along with live music, a beer garden and more at the Timber Park from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and free for those 8 years old and under.

Fort Dalles Fourth: Small town, big experience, as they say. Venture to The Dalles a watch the massive fireworks show above the Columbia River.

Fourth of July at Oaks Park: Spend the day at Oaks Amusement Park riding rides and roller skating while ending the night with a sparkling fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Fourth of July fireworks, Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Fourth of July fireworks, Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

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Corbett Fun Fest: Start your celebrations with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by a full day of activities, music and food, topped off with the only fireworks show in east county beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks Up Close St.Helens: Take a drive to St. Helens for tailgating and fireworks watching with the views. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.

PDX Pipeline also suggests many locations for great views around the city: 

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

 

VANCOUVER

Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular: Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular puts on a show for the whole community with firework safety in mind starting at 10:05 p.m.

 

SALEM

Cherryfest NW: Live music, games, brews and food. This event hosts fireworks galore along with The Salem Stars and Stripes Run at Salem’s Riverfront Park.

St. Paul Rodeo: Wrap up your rodeo day at the St. Paul Rodeo Grounds with a striking fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

Canby Independence Day Celebration: Located in small-town Canby, Oregon, this celebration includes the 10 a.m. downtown parade, car show, burgers and brews along with other street fair festivities and fireworks at dusk.

 

CORVALLIS

Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival: Rock & Roll Cowboys, Wild Hog Gumbo, magicians and more! This two-day festival is located on the banks of the Willamette River on the Downtown Corvallis Riverfront. Fireworks begin after dusk.

 

EUGENE

The Freedom Festival Fireworks Show and Celebration: Head over to Alton Baker Park from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. as the 36th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival commences in Eugene’s largest park filled with festivities, funk, and fireworks. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 14 and free for ages 5 and under.

Eugene Emerald Fourth of July Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza!: Celebrate the holiday with America’s favorite sport at PK Park. Fantastic fireworks follow the game and boast Lane County’s “best and brightest” display.

Sophie (right) and Zach Plummer-McGraw look at fireworks at the TNT Fireworks stand in Beaverton, Ore., Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Sophie (right) and Zach Plummer-McGraw look at fireworks at the TNT Fireworks stand in Beaverton, Ore., Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

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PRCA Rodeo Firework Display: “Help kick cancer’s butt” at Eugene’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Rodeo. Dance the night away at the Oregon Horse Center and watch the fireworks after the evening’s rodeo. Beer garden opens at 5 p.m., pre-show starts a 6 p.m. and fireworks commence at 9:55 p.m.

Creswell’s Fourth of July Celebration is OUT of This World: Food, music and fireworks accompany this celebration of America’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The day includes airplane rides, a car show and the Independence Day Parade at Creswell High School 

 

SPRINGFIELD

Springfield Light of Liberty Celebration: Springfield Utility Board presents vendors, games and live music featuring headliner Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at the annual celebration in Island Park. Glittering fireworks dance in synchronization to coordinating music starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the gate and  free for ages 5 and under. 

 

OREGON COAST

Fireworks in Astoria: Fireworks displays over the Columbia River beginning at dusk. New this year, the show will be launched from a barge in the river off 17th Street.

Seaside: Festivities along the Seaside beach starting around 10 p.m. Seaside claims one of the largest fireworks displays on the West Coast including a 25-minute show synchronized to music.

Rockway Beach: Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department launches their fireworks around 10 p.m. on the white sand beach.

Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach: Gleneden Beach hosts a day full of activities beginning at 8 a.m. including a pancake breakfast, parade, live music and a grand finale firework display over Siletz Bay at dusk.

Yachats la de da Parade, Festivities and Fireworks Show: Yachats la de da Parade, Festivities and Fireworks show includes a day of pancake breakfasts, ice cream and duck races on Yachats Bay topped off with fireworks at sundown.

Fourth of July, Florence Old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration: Historic Old Town Florence is the spot for food, music and fun on the water with one of the best fireworks shows on the coast at dusk. Fireworks are launched over the Siuslaw River sparkling its colors and lights with the water’s reflection.

Sparkle on the Siltcoos: Darlings Marina & RV Resort hosts a professional fireworks display on the north shore of Siltcoos Lake at 10 p.m., just south of Florence.

People pick out fireworks at TNT Fireworks stand in Beaverton, Ore., Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

People pick out fireworks at TNT Fireworks stand in Beaverton, Ore., Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

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Fourth of July in Mingus Park & Coos Bay Boardwalk Fireworks: Face painting, horse petting, dogs and clowns, Mingus Park hosts a variety of entertainment on the Fourth. Finish your evening with fireworks on the Coos Bay Boardwalk.

Fourth of July in Bandon, Southern Oregon Coast: Watch the grand firework display over the Coquille River after a day of BBQ, pies, parades and fun in the City Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

EASTERN OREGON

Community Stadium: The annual community Independence Day celebration at Community Stadium begins at 8 p.m.

Fourth of July fireworks in Pendleton: Fully funded by Whisky Music Fest, this annual fireworks display in Pendleton takes off at 10 p.m. in empty lot west of Walmart.

Shake The Lake Fourth of July Fireworks: Wallowa Lake reflects this July Fourth fireworks display like a gem. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. in the County Park at the north end of the Lake.

 

CENTRAL OREGON

Bend Fireworks Spectacular 2019: Fireworks are launching at 10 p.m. from the top of Pilot Butte to be seen from all over town.

Central Point Freedom Festival and Boom Fest: What’s a better way to finish your 5K run than entering a community pie eating contest? Central Point, Oregon, hosts all kinds of festivities from 7 a.m. to dusk.