July 4 Fireworks and Celebrations, 2012

Have plans to celebrate July Fourth this year? Oregon is full of great events to celebrate the holiday. The sky lights up after dark with public and private light shows all around the state.

Portland

Waterfront Blues Festival
503-282-0555
Downtown Waterfront
July 4, 12-10:30 pm
Blues music and food. Fireworks over the waterfront after dark. After hours concert at the Marriott Hotel features Charlie Musselwhite, and Too Slim and the Taildraggers with Curtis Salgado. Festival continues through July 8.

Astoria

4th of July Parade, Party and Fireworks
503-791-7940
Astoria
July 4, 5 pm
Put on a costume, decorate your bike, trike, or stroller, bring the kids and dogs, and join in the parade. Enjoy carnival games, food, and drinks in Columbia Field with fireworks after dark.

4th at the Fort
503-861-2471 x 214
92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria,
July 4, 10:30 am
Flintlock Volley Firing to celebrate the holiday at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm at Fort Clatsop in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

North Coast Symphonic Band Concert “A Bicentennial Fourth!”
503-325-8108
Liberty Theater, Astoria
July 3, 7 pm
Free family concert of patriotic and popular music with marches, show tunes, and sing-a-longs.

Boardman

Boardman Thunder 4th of July
541-481-3014
Boardman
July 4, all day
Celebrate the Fourth with breakfast, a run, a parade, horseshoes, Karaoke, games, fireworks, and more.

Brownsville

Brownsville’s 4th of July
541-928-0831
Pioneer Park, Brownsville
July 4, 7 am
Pancake breakfast ($7 adults, $4 kids 10 and under), barbecue (from $7), live music starting at 6 pm, and fireworks.

Cascade Locks

4th of July Celebration
541-374-8484
Port of Cascade Locks
July 4
Fireworks display over the river. Come early and bring a picnic.

Clatskanie

Clatskanie Heritage Days Old
503-728-4248
Clatskanie City Park and various locations
July 4, 11 am
Heritage Days goes from June 25 to July 4. July 4 festivities include a parade, a barbecues, games, live music, and fireworks.

Fairview

4th of July Fireworks
503-665-4995
Blue Lakes Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Drive, Fairview
July 4, 11 am
Spray ground and playground for kids, live music, and fireworks. Bring a picnic. Gates open at 8 am and close after the fireworks. Admission $10 per car.

Gold Beach

Party at the Port and Firework Show
541-247-7526
Curry County Fairgrounds, Gold Beach
July 4
Celebrate the holiday with live music, food, kids’ activities, and fireworks.

Haines

Haines Stampede Rodeo
Rodeo Grounds, US-30, Haines
July 4, 1:30 pm
Rodeo July 2-4 with bronc and bull riding and more. Watch the fireworks at dusk.

Imbler

Imbler 4th of July
Downtown Imbler
July 4
Celebrate Independence Day

Molalla

Molalla Buckaroo
503-829-8388
Molalla
July 4, 9:30 am
Independence day parade, breakfast, rodeo, live music, dance, and fireworks. Rodeo, carnival, entertainment, and events continue from June 30 to July 6.

Newport

Fireworks over the Yaquina Bay
541-265-8801
Newport
July 4, Dusk
Fireworks show over the Bay. Best viewing area is from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach. Free.

Ontario

4th of July Fireworks
Malheur County Fairgrounds, Ontario
541-889-8012
July 4, 10 pm
Fireworks show after dark.

Prairie City

Fourth of July Celebration
Prairie City
July 4, 7 am
Breakfast, parade, contests and events, kids play area ($5 all day), live entertainment, and a fireworks show.

Prineville

Prineville Fourth of July Parade
541-447-5451
Prineville
July 4, 8:30 am – 12 pm
Parade starting at 10 am.

Family 4th of July in the Park and Fireworks Display
Prineville
July 4, 10 am – 11 pm
Family activities and a fireworks display in the park.

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach July 4th
503-355-2291
Rockaway Beach
July 4
Fireworks stand at the Rockaway Wayside June 27-July 4. Independence Day Celebration July 4.

Saint Helens

4th of July Celebration
Saint Helens
July 4
Music, vendors, and a huge firework show overlooking the Columbia River.

Salem

2012 Independence Day Celebration
503-689-7600
Riverfront Park, Salem
July 4, 4:30 pm
Carnival rides, live music, antique car show, and more with a fireworks show at dusk.

Seaside

Fireworks, Parade and Social
Seaside
July 4, 11 am
Parade at 11, social at the Seaside Museum from 12-3 pm, and fireworks on the beach after dark.

St Paul

St Paul Fourth of July Rodeo
503-633-2011
St Paul
July 4, 10 am
Celebrate the holiday at the rodeo. Parade, carnival, art show, barbecue, and matinee and evening rodeos on July 4. Rodeo runs July 3-6.

Stanfield

4th of July Celebration
541.449.3831
Stanfield
July 4
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Stanfield.

Vale

4th of July Rodeo
541-473-3800
Vale
July 4
Four day rodeo which includes the Vale Suicide Race where riders compete for $2,500.

Vancouver, Washington

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
360-992-1808
Fort Vancouver, Vancouver, WA
July 4, 8 am
Picnic dinner, live entertainment and activities, and a firework show. General admission $5 advance or $7 at the gate. Gates open at 8 am, fireworks start at 10:05 pm.

Warrenton

Warrenton Parade, Picnic, and Family Fun at the Park
503-861-7447
Robinson Community Park, Warrenton
July 4, 3 pm
Parade with floats, clowns, and more plus a picnic in the park at 4 pm.

Winchester Bay

Fireworks
Winchester Bay
July 4
Fireworks display with a barbecue picnic and a car cruise.

Thinking of purchasing your own fireworks and putting on a show? Fireworks can get expensive, but there are quite a few legal fireworks you can purchase all around Oregon. However, remember legal does not necessarily mean safe. Follow all safety precautions on the fireworks and be extra careful with kids around fireworks. Remember that fireworks are a real fire hazard, so stick to the legal ones, be careful where you light them, and always have a hose and bucket of water nearby just in case. Far too many homes burn down each Fourth of July because of people who were careless or used illegal fireworks. If the weather is particularly dry around the holiday, you might want to reconsider lighting up the sky yourself since it just takes a spark to start a fire.

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