Fourth of July celebrations are back with a bang this year, and Portland families are ready to celebrate. With warm weather finally here, spend your day swimming at a sandy spot, then cooling off with some of the city’s best ice cream before heading out for festivities. 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. 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. "The Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July Rodeo” will return for the 84th year with the promise of top rodeo action, family fun and patriotism. Six rodeo performances, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, will feature the top rodeo cowboys and livestock in the World. Also featuring a Wild West Art Show, Tack Room Saloon, a carnival, food, shopping, live music, Jaycees Beer Garden, Fourth of July parade, and barbecue and much more. The kids will love the barrel racing, classic saddle bronco riding, team roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, tie-down roping, and so much more.
Where: 20025 4th St NE, St Paul, OR
Cost: starting at $16
City of Portland Fireworks
The city of Portland will offer a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. off the Eastern Promenade. Many local parks host Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks after dark, including Mt. Tabor, the International Rose Test Garden, Sellwood Park, and Oaks Amusement Park. The Oaks Amusement Park offers a picnic area, roller-skating, and its own fireworks show.
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 an 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: Cost depends on distance
Where: Champoeg State Heritage Area, St Paul
Waterfront Blues Festival
Music lovers and fans will come together again July 1-4, for the Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!” This annual Fourth of July festival is returning with an unforgettable event that will be a Waterfront Blues Fest like no other. Held in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with unparalleled views of Portland’s famous bridges and riverfront, the festival is the perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend. With family-friendly activities, sunny skies, the world-famous Zydeco dance floor and of course fireworks over the Willamette River, The Waterfront Blues Festival is not to be missed. Cost: varies by event
Location: 98 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland families have the opportunity to attend this annual Independence Day parade. It will begin at Estacada High School. It will go south on Main Street to downtown, cross over to Broadway on SE 4th Ave, and continue up Broadway to River Mill Elementary 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 "Remember When" will also include first responders and members of the Forest Service. The parade lasts about an hour.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 355 NE 6th Ave, Estacada
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