Independence Day is a week away! Here are some popular places to celebrate like it’s 1776!
Foot Traffic Flat: Do you enjoy running long to moderate distances way early in the morning? This activity may be for you! On Sauvie Island, the marathon begins at 6:30 AM, with a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and race for kids following subsequently. Strawberries, running, and more! Pricing between $15-95. Click Here to register!
King City 4th of July Walk and Roll Parade and Festival: This family friendly mile long parade begins at 9AM, as does a classic car rally. The Festival , which includes food trucks, live music, activities for the family, and vendors runs from 10AM-2PM at King City Community Park (17470 SW Montague Way).
The Heroes’ Challenge: This challenge also involves running early in the morning! Starting and finishing at Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, you can choose to run a 10K (9:15AM), a 5K (9:30AM), or a children’s 1K (9:45AM). Pricing begins at $50. Click HERE to register or get more information!
Hillsboro Rotary Club 4th of July Parade: The largest 4th of July Parade in Oregon, the 2019 theme is “Celebrating Independence Day the Hillsboro Way!” Beginning at 10AM, the parade begins on Grant Street by the old Peter Boscow Elementary School, weaves through downtown Hillsboro, down Cornell, and ends at Harefield. Our NextHome Orenco agents will have a float and be marching in this parade, so make sure to say hi!
Beaverton 4th of July Celebration and Concert in the Park: Runs 11AM-2PM. There will be free hot dogs, ice cream, and live music! Picnicing encouraged! Celebration takes place at Veterans Memorial Park, located between Southwest Washington Avenue and Seventh Street.
Seaside 4th of July Old Fashioned Social: Runs 11AM-3PM. Prior to the fireworks over the beach at 10PM, enjoy music, museum tours, a cake walk, games, face painting, food, a silent auction, and more! It’s at the coast, I mean, how much more than that do you need??
Smith Berry Barn Berry Festival: Event runs 11AM-3PM. Located at 24500 SW Scholl’s Ferry Rd. in Hillsboro. The 16th Annual festival features live music, fresh berries, activities for the family and more! You can pick berries, take a tour of the farm, enjoy a variety of food and wine, etc.
Heartbeat Silent Disco “Independance” 4th of July: Dance the night away from 7-10PM at Tilikum Crossing! Apparently headphones are involved? Tickets are $1o through Eventbrite.
Fireworks at the Oregon Garden (On July 3rd): Want to avoid those 4th of July crowds? Head to Silverton, where you can see fireworks and celebrate Silverton Day. There will be food vendors, live music, and more! Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, $6 for ages 5-11, and free for 4 and under as well as Silverton residents or Oregon Garden members (w/identification). Parking is $5. 879 W. Main St. is location.
Oaks Amusement Park: Spend the 4th of July riding all the rides, mini-golfing, and roller skating before the fireworks taking place at dusk.
Waterfront Blues Festival: If you haven’t had the chance to attend the Waterfront Blues Festival in years past, this is the year! A fun festival full of talented musicians, vendors, and food, you can lounge the day away listening to all the songs and stay for the enormous fireworks display taking place at 10PM over the Willamette River. Pricing depends on what type of pass you purchase, so check out their website for more information!
Canby has fireworks and pancakes! You had me at pancakes! Kick off the 4th with a pancake breakfast that runs from 7-11:30AM, and check out the street fair, activities, parade, and car show! The beer garden is open from 11AM-5PM, and fireworks begin at dusk.
Corbett Fun Fest: Similarly to Canby, Corbett’s Fun Fest kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7AM before their parade. Vendors open at 11AM and live music begins at 1PM. There will be games, a queen’s court, contests, food, and more! Fireworks begin at 9:30PM. Admission is $10 and there is a $5 parking fee. Kids 3 and under are free. Fun Fest takes place at the Corbett Grade School, located at 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.
Forest Grove: Forest Grove is celebrating the fourth of July with a family picnic that runs from 6PM-10PM, featuring food vendors and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:45PM. There is a suggested $5 per person or $20 per family donation. The celebration will be held at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, located at 1255 SW Pacific Avenue.
Happy Valley: Kicking off at 9:30 AM with a hike (dog and stroller friendly), the celebration in Happy Valley continues with a parade beginning at noon. Following the parade there will be live music, carnival games, food vendors, a beer garden, and a fireworks show at dusk. Event is taking place at Happy Valley Park, located at 13770 SE Ridgecrest Road.
Hillsboro Hops: If you are heading to see the Hops take on Spokane at 7:05PM, don’t worry! There will still be a fireworks extravaganza that will take place after the game, as well as fireworks after Friday’s game! Games are held at Ron Tonkin Field, and tickets vary in price.
Lake Oswego: The Star Spangled Parade begins at 10AM, with a following celebration running until 1PM. Enjoy live music, a pie eating contest, and face painting. In the evening there will be an illuminated soaring drone show starting at 9:45PM. Event takes place at Millennium Park, 200 First Street.
McMinnville: Head on over to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum’s celebration, that features food, vendors, activities for the family, free movie passes, and a beer/cider/wine garden. Free admission, and fireworks will begin at dusk. There is a $5 museum admission from 5-8PM and a $5 parking fee. 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way.
Ridgefield: Running from 5-10:30PM, Clark County’s 4th at the Fairgrounds will feature a battle of the bands, beer garden, food vendors, and activities for kids. Fireworks will begin at 10PM. Free admission, but $6 parking fee per vehicle. 17402 NE Delfel Road.
Salem: Salem’s biggest fireworks display takes place just after dusk. Admission and live music is free! Located at the Salem Riverfront Park, 200 Water ST. NE.
ST. Helens: In St. Helens come enjoy tailgating, walking and museum tours, live music, food, and drinks before fireworks begin at 10PM over the Columbia River. Carload Pass for 4 is $20, for 6 is $25, entry per person with no car is $4. Columbia View Park, 3 Strand St, gates open 11AM-11PM.
Vancouver: Taking place at the Pearson Airfield at Fort Vancouver, this has been one of the must see fireworks display for years! Enjoy food vendors and free admission for the 10:05PM show. You will want to arrive really, really, really early in order to get parking and seating. 101 E. Reserve St.
Washougal: Come to the Port of Camas-Washougal on the 4th for live music, (6-10PM), food carts, a beer garden, and a 10PM fireworks display! 56 S. First Street (Washougal Waterfront Park).
Whatever you choose to do for the 4th, may you stay safe and enjoy the festivities!!