Celebrating the 4th of July in Oregon and Southwest Washington: Events and Festivities Near You!
Hello, Friends! Extending a joyful 4th of July to you all! This year, Portland and SW Washington are brimming with activities, from stunning firework shows to live music and lively parades. To aid in planning your holiday weekend, we've curated a list of exciting things you can do. Enjoy! Wishing you a safe and memorable holiday.
The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival is once again celebrating the 4th of July with a fireworks show over the Portland waterfront. View the Portland waterfront fireworks show from various vantage points throughout the city! No purchase required to enjoy the beautiful display.
Keep in mind that the use of personal fireworks has been banned in the City of Portland: https://www.portland.gov/fire/your-safety/fireworks-banned-portland
The big downtown fireworks show over the Willamette River will start around 10 p.m. on July 4th, 2023, and there are lots of places where you'll be able to watch, including the Eastbank Esplanade, Sellwood Park or the top of Mount Tabor. Bridge viewing is available on the Hawthorne & Morrison Bridges as well as Tillikum Crossing.
There are also events happening on the Fourth to keep yourself busy before enjoying the fireworks show.
Visit this website for more information on events and things to do all weekend long: https://portlandlivingonthecheap.com/portland-waterfront-fireworks-show/
Waterfront Blues Festival
Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park
When: Friday, July 1-Monday, July 4 (Fireworks are only happening on the Fourth)
What: The big annual blues festival on downtown Portland's waterfront is celebrating its 36th year. There will be four stages over four days with over 100+ acts, and lots of big names performing. Ticket prices vary, but you don't have to actually attend the festival to see the big fireworks show on the Fourth of July.
For tickets and other information about the Waterfront Blues Festival, visit: https://waterfrontbluesfest.com/festival-happenings/
Oaks Amusement Park
Where: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
When: Monday, July 4, from 12:00pm Noon to midnight
What: 4th of July Spectacular by Oaks Park, Portland's favorite (and only) amusement park. Celebrate the holiday with a bang at the Oaks Park 4th of July Spectacular! Admission includes all-day access to all of the rides, free first-come, first-serve picnic grounds, and Portland's best fireworks display! $37.00 per person. Parking is an additional cost.
Fourth of July Silent Disco - Heartbeat Silent Disco
Where: Tilikum Crossing Bridge
When: Monday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What: Heartbeat Silent Disco is hosting a Fourth of July dance party at the Tilikum Crossing Bridge before Monday night's fireworks. Everyone gets their own headphones and pics from a selection of music channels. "Whether you are into bass music, house music or funky stuff we will have something for everyone," the event's description says. Tickets are $10 online.
Happy Valley Fourth of July Family Festival
Where: Happy Valley Park, 13770 SE Ridgecrest Rd
When: Monday, July 4, from Noon to 10 p.m.
What: The day-long festival begins in the morning with a trek hosted by the Happy Valley Hikers, followed by a community parade comprised of local businesses, residents, and groups. Throughout the day at Happy Valley Park, visitors will enjoy live music, carnival games and inflatable structures, and a variety of food and beverage vendors, including a lively beer garden. The event concludes with one of the best fireworks displays in the area. Entry to the park and most activities are free for residents and visitors alike.
Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo & Fireworks
Learn more at www.molallabuckeroo.com
Where: 815 Shirley Street, Molalla
When: Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4
What: It's a weekend-long rodeo about 30 miles outside of Portland featuring bull riding, live music and fireworks every night.
Sandy Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Where: Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St
When: Monday, July 4, at dusk
What: The city is closing off part of Bell Street by Sandy High School for its fireworks show, and residents are encouraged to bring the whole family.
Washington County | Oregon
Beaverton Fourth of July parade
Where: Parade starts at Beaverton Middle School Parking Lot
When: Tuesday, July 4, 2023; parade starts at 11:00am
Hillsboro Rotary 4th of July Parade
Pick your spot along the streets of Downtown Hillsboro with the 4th of July Parade Route Map
Where: See parade map in link above
When: Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m.
What: The parade is a long-standing Fourth of July tradition in Hillsboro that started in 1926. This year's theme is "Hometown Heroes."
Hillsboro Hops game + post-game fireworks display
Where: Ron Tonkin Field, 4460 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro
When: Monday, July 4, after the game
Game starts at 7:05pm
What: Enjoy some good ol' fashion American baseball as the Hillsboro Hops take on the Eugene Emeralds at home. There will be fireworks after the game! Tickets are available online.
Tigard Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Tigard High School Fields, 9000 SW Durham Rd
When: Monday, July 4, at 6 p.m.; fireworks begin at 10:00pm
What: There will be games, music, food and more at Tigard High School on the Fourth along with fireworks at dusk.
Clark County | Washington
The big annual Fort Vancouver fireworks show was canceled again this year, but fear not! There are some fun options around the area!
Vancouver Summer Fest | Picnic in The Park
Where: Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve
When: July 1st, 2023, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
What: The Fort Vancouver National Site will be filled with celebration and fun with a full day of activities for families and people of all ages. Free and open to all, Picnic in the Park will feature two stages with live music and entertainment, games on the lawn, magicians, face painting and fun for the whole family. Bring a picnic or purchase tasty food from local vendors, along with beer and cider tastings for those 21 and over in the beer garden.
Ridgefield Fourth of July Parade & Festival
Where: See map
When: 8 a.m. until after after dark
What: Once again, the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade and Festival is sure to be a blast. Everything starts at 8 a.m. with a fun run, followed by a pet and kid pre-parade (10 a.m.) and then the grand 4th of July Parade (11 a.m.). 10 a.m. is also when the festival starts. There will be food trucks and vendors as well as lots of fun activities for the kids. Be sure to enter the pie eating contest (2 p.m.) At Overlook Park there will be music and dancing with live entertainment. There will also be a souvenir booth at the park.
Port of Camas-Washougal Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Marina Park, 24 S A St, Washougal
When: Monday, July 4, from 6 p.m. until after dusk; fireworks start around 10:00pm
What: The Port of Camas-Washougal is hosting an Independence Day party featuring live music from cover bands starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
The Oregon Coast is always a popular destination for Independence Day celebrations. Here's what's going on for those of you heading to the beach for the holiday weekend.
Astoria fireworks show
Where: Over the Columbia River, Astoria
When: Monday, July 4, at dusk (approximately 10 p.m.)
What: More than 30 businesses and individuals collaborated to fund the fireworks show over the river in Astoria. The fireworks will be launched from a barge. "The display this year will be larger and higher than ever before to allow viewing from a larger area of town to avoid crowding along the Riverwalk," the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce's website says.
Seaside fireworks show
Where: Seaside Beach (Visitors are advised to park on the east side of the Necanicum River to avoid congestion)
When: Monday, July 4, at dusk (approximately 10 p.m.)
What: Visit Seaside's website calls this "one of the largest fireworks shows on the West Coast," and it's likely to be packed this year. Organizers recommend parking on the east side of the Necanicum River to avoid congestion after the show.
Lincoln City fireworks show
Where: Taft Pavilion (west end of SW 51st Street)
When: Monday, July 4, festivities start at Noon and fireworks are at dusk (approximately 10 p.m.)
What: Join us for this year's lineup of live music at the Taft Pavilion (west end of SW 51st Street). The music starts at 12:00 pm and goes right up until the fireworks show over the bay. Family friendly and it's FREE.
Warrenton Fourth of July Parade, Car Show, BBQ & more
Where: Main Avenue, downtown Warrenton
When: Monday, July 4, at 3 p.m.
What: There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs before the parade, which will feature floats, horses, clowns and more. The car show will be at Robinson Community Park.
Hood River Fireworks
Learn more at: https://hoodriverfireworks.com/4th-of-july/
Where: Hood River Event Site, Portway Ave
When: Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
What: Looking to avoid the beach crowds? Head an hour east of Portland for Hood River's fireworks show on the Columbia River. It'll be 25 minutes of fireworks within eyeshot of a bunch of restaurants and breweries on the waterfront. There will also be a parade from the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 12th Street to the Hood River Aquatic Center.
Fort Dalles Fourth of July Celebration
Where: The Dalles (See website above)
When: Monday, July 4. Fireworks start at 10 p.m