Personal Fireworks are banned this year within the city limits of Portland (please check individual suburbs for your local information. Here are some great options for celebrating the 4th of July plus some places with BIG firework displays.
Oaks Park: Expect thrill rides, picnicking, midway fun and more at this annual event that finishes off with a big fireworks display. Tickets are required in advance and are sold online only. Admission includes unlimited rides. Noon-midnight Monday, Oaks Park, 7805 S.E Oaks Park Way; $36 for ages 3 and older; oaksamusementpark.
Waterfront Blues Festival:This four-day music festival ends with a fireworks
show Monday night over the Willamette River. Headlining acts include Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Grace Potter, and The Wood Brothers. Concerts various times Friday-Monday, Tom McCall Waterfront Park. For tickets and schedule, visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.
Downtown Ridgefield: The celebration includes a street parade (on Fourth Avenue and Division Street), pie-eating contest, outdoor entertainment, fun run, and arts and crafts vendors.Laser light show at dusk. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday, Abrams Park, 400 Abrams Park Road, Ridgefield; ridgefield4th.com/1852.html.
Vancouver: The city’s large fireworks display has been canceled. But in its place, the Fort Vancouver Historic Trust and its partners will celebrate Fourth of July with a community event, Summerfest, that includes a day of live music, games on the lawn, military vehicle displays and rides, and a movie in the park at dusk. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday at Fort Vancouver; thehistorictrust.org/calendar/summer-fest.
Washougal Marina Port Concert and Celebration: Live concert, food vendors, face painting and fireworks. Children’s activities start at 4:30 p.m., music at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Monday, 24 South “A” St., Washougal; facebook.com/events/port-of-camas-washougal.
Beaverton: The Oak Hills neighborhood offers a community parade at 12:30 p.m. that kicks off from the elementary school on Forest Avenue. Afterward, enjoy hot dogs and shaved ice along with live music. Food and microbrew trucks start serving at 6:30 p.m. in the green space. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Monday, Oak Hills Recreation Center, 2400 N.W. 153rd Ave., Beaverton; donations encouraged; oakhillsoregon.com/4thofjuly
Happy Valley: Family festival with a street parade at 10 a.m., live entertainment, carnival games, inflatable play structures, vendors and more. Fireworks at dusk. Noon-10 p.m. Monday, Happy Valley Park, 13770 S.E. Ridgecrest Road; happyvalleyor.gov/4th-of-july-2022.
Hillsboro: Hillsboro Rotary hosts its annual parade with support from the City of Hillsboro. 10 a.m. Monday through downtown Hillsboro; hillsboro-oregon.gov. The Hillsboro Hops will have a fireworks show following Monday night’s game.
Get tickets at mpv.tickets.com.
Lake Oswego: The Lions Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast continues a 73-year tradition in George Rogers Park, 611 S State St., 8-11 a.m. Monday (or until food runs out); $7-$10; e-clubhouse.org/sites/lakeoswegoor. Then, head over to the street parade staging area in Millennium Plaza at 10 a.m. Celebration continues until 1 p.m. with festive floats, musical entertainment, food vendors, crafts, balloon animals, and a pie-eating contest. Details: ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec.
Tigard: TheOld Fashioned Fourth at the Tigard High School football field offers kids’ games, face painting, a photo booth and a performance by the Tualatin Valley Community Band, Tigard Life reports. Fireworks shoot off about 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Monday, at the school, 9000 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard; tigard-or.gov/explore-tigard/fireworks-safety-celebration
Canby: The streets of downtown Canby will be filled with vendors, arts and crafts, and information booths from local nonprofit organizations. There’s a street parade, a car show, and children’s activities in Wait Park, 350 N. Grand St. Fireworks at dusk at Trost Elementary, 800 S. Redwood St., 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, Canby; canbyoregon.gov/events
It’s been eerily quiet in the little Clackamas County town east of Woodburn on OR 211. But this summer will once again bring rodeo fans from around the Pacific Northwest for four days of bronc riding, calf roping, cowboy clowning, live music, a dance, carnival games and rides, a golf tournament, parades and a pancake breakfast. Various times Friday-Monday, Molalla Buckeroo Grounds, 815 Shirley St, Molalla; molallabuckeroo.com.
St. Paul Rodeo: The annual celebration includes bronc riding, bull riding, steer roping, barrel racing and more. These cowboys and cowgirls know how to get it done. The annual event also features fireworks after every evening performance, barbecues, midway rides and games, vendors, a parade and more. Various times Thursday-Monday, St. Paul, at Main Street and Park Avenue N.E.; ticket prices vary; stpaulrodeo.com/events.
Silverton: The Oregon Garden holds a celebration Sunday with a day of live music, beer and wine, face painting, Art in the Garden walk, and fireworks at dusk. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Oregon Garden, garden admission charged until 4 p.m., then $5 for ages 13 and older; 879 W. Main St.; oregongarden.org/july-3rd-fireworks.