Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, the Portland Area’s 4th of July events have been cancelled for 2020. We hope to see you back here next year, perusing our guide for the best July 4th festivities.
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Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest
Tune in and turn it up as KOIN 6 hosts a two-hour July 4th TV special celebrating some of the most memorable performances from the Waterfront Blues Festival, capped off with a replay of the awe-inspiring fireworks show over the Willamette River. From the comfort of your living room, the KOIN team (and special festival guests!) will have you reliving some of the magical musical moments from the Waterfront.
Stream online: www.koin.com
The Oregon Garden
If your little ones can’t handle the big crowds, or if your crew just prefers to spend the Fourth at home, head to The Oregon Garden on July 3 for a smaller, more intimate fireworks show The evening’s show includes live music and fireworks and takes place in Founder’s Square in the Silverton Market Garden and Axis Garden. But you can start the celebration much earlier than that. The Garden’s doors open at 9 a.m. and face painting and balloon artists start at 4 p.m.. Admission is free for all guests after 6 p.m. and live music kicks off at 7 p.m. Family activities include face painting and bouncy houses and vendors will be present with great eats. Bring your blankets and folding chairs, fireworks start at 10 p.m. This is a pet-free event, but don’t forget your low beach chairs or picnic blankets to sit on.
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Just imagine, fireworks where the fun is endless for kids big and small. Fireworks at Oaks Park is a kid’s dream come true. Fireworks begin at dusk for this alcohol-free event, but the the rides and the roller rink extend their hours so the party really lasts. Gates open at 10 a.m. with super-fun summer carnival festivities. Park wristbands are valid all day and their are rides available for children of all ages. If you have a kiddo that doesn’t enjoy dropping a load of adrenaline, take them for a game of mini golf or for a race around the roller rink. Entry is $2 for kids 15 and under, $5 for ages 16-61 and $3 for ages 62 and up. Parking is free and the park will be open from 10 a.m.- midnight.
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Corbett Fun Festival
Enjoy a small-town classic Fourth of July celebration that lasts all day long. Start your day off with a pancake breakfast then take your littles to cruise in a parade. Once that is done head to the Action Zone for all ages where you will find a pie eating contest, bounce house, water slide, mini golf, archery and more. Live entertainment starts at 1 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and run to 10 p.m. Festival wristbands cost $10; event parking an additional $5. Note that roads into Corbett close at 9:30 a.m. on the 4th for the parade, so be sure to get there early.
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St. Paul Rodeo
Get a taste of the wild, wild west at the St. Paul Rodeo this Fourth of July. Escape the rush and madness of the city and head an hour southwest to St. Paul where you can enjoy your holiday country style. Now in their 84th year, this annual rodeo is packed with events including a carnival for little ones, barrel racing, professional bull riding, roping, music and fireworks every single night after the shows. On the Fourth of July, there is an additional patriotic surprise with a parade at 10 a.m., a carnival beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting all day, rodeo performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Rodeo tickets are $16-$26 depending on the day, and carnival wristbands are $25.
Estacada Timber Festival
Hosted at Timber Park, the Estacada Timber Park festival has everything your family could want from a 4th of July bash. The Day starts of at 10 a.m with art booths, food booths and the free kid’s zone. Then at noon, Timber events begin. Get ready for chain saw show offs, 50/50 axe throws, a log pond competition, a horse pull and more. Live music will begin at 4:45 p.m. followed by the Big Bang Fireworks Show at 10 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs to fully enjoy. $10 onsite parking and $5 per person 9-years old and up.
— Annette Benedetti
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