Festivities That Will Ignite Your 4th of July!

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Fourth of July celebrations are coming back with a bang this year, and Portland families are ready to celebrate. From rodeo roundups to parades and fireworks, we’ve put together a list of some of the area’s best Fourth of July activities and events to be found. Read on to find out more.

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St. Helens “Let Freedom Ring”

Fireworks will shoot off over the Columbia River around dusk, but before the fireworks you can enjoy live music by Hit Machine and other bands. There will also be vendors, food booths, a flag raising ceremony and other events. Admission is charged to be inside the event grounds, but the fireworks should be viewable from anywhere in the city.

Where: 230 Strand St, St Helens, OR 97051
When: Events begin at 1:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk
Cost: events are free. Admission to up-close fireworks viewing is walk in $5; carload prices start at $22
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City of Portland Fireworks

The city of Portland will offer a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. off the Eastern Promenade. The annual Fourth of July event will not be hosting public events will be associated with the display, such as the usual performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra this year due to COVID. This year’s fireworks will be viewable from other locations across the city, such as East End Beach, Fort Allen Park, Amethyst Park, Baxter Boulevard, Payson Park and Martin’s Point, as well as from Bug Light in South Portland.

St. Paul Rodeo

Get your little cowgirls and cowboys all rounded up and ready for this awesome event. St. Paul Rodeo is one of the most popular rodeo events in Oregon taking place annually during the 4th of July weekend in St. Paul.. It features competitions in barrel racing, classic saddle bronco riding, team roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, tie-down roping, and others. A traditional Old West event offers a thrilling experience of spectacular professional rodeo, not for the faint-hearted. Bonus! On July 4 there will be a parade, carnival and even fireworks!

Where: 20025 4th St NE, St Paul, OR 
Cost: tickets range for $20 to $26 depending on event
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Champoeg Independence Day Race

Grab your running shoes and head to this historic Park. Your family will enjoy an amazing day at Champoeg State Park running, eating and listening to music! This event includes and out and back Run (or walk), plenty of good food, amazing beer, and listen to some great music all inside of Historic Champoeg State Park.

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: $54 and up depending on distance
Where: Champoeg State Heritage Area, St Paul
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Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!”

Music lovers and fans will come together again July 2-5, for the Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!” This annual Fourth of July festival is returning with an unforgettable, in-person and socially-distanced event that will be a Waterfront Blues Fest like no other. With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival is moving less than a mile “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards, Portland’s premier socially-distanced, outdoor performance venue, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows, featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists. 

Check out the lineup here
Cost: varies by event
Location: 121 S Moody Ave, Portland
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Estacada Parade

Portland families have the opportunity to attend this annual Independence Day parade starting at the Estacada high school, moving through the streets of town, and then finishing back at the school. In past years, the parade has featured vintage cars, tractors, hot rods, logging trucks, floats, animals, bands, and a Boy Scout color guard. This year’s parade, dubbed “Dancing in the Streets,” will also include first responders and members of the Forest Service. The parade lasts about an hour.

Time: 1 p.m.
Location: 355 NE 6th Ave, Estacada
Event Details.


—Annette Benedetti


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