Day: July 3, 2013

Celebrating the Fourth

After the patriotism, barbecues and revelry, fireworks are an integral part of what Americans “do” on July 4. Here’s a comprehensive listing of fireworks displays in the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond: Tuesday, July 2 The St. Paul Rodeo kicks off its 78th year at 5 p.m., with fireworks after the show every night through July 6. Wednesday, July 3 The Oregon Garden in Silverton hosts the July 3rd celebration with activities like a bounce house, face painting and more starting at 9 a.m. along with a cider festival on the Garden Green and live music, including Ben Rue. Fireworks start around 10 p.m. The Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo kicks off with fireworks after the ropin’ every night through July 6. The St. Paul Rodeo continues with fireworks each night. Right here in Keizer, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have post-game fireworks after their 6:35 p.m. game against the Boise Hawks. The event includes a patriotic tribute to veterans from all branches of the armed forces. July 4 The 2013 Independence Day celebration at Riverfront Park in Salem includes entertainment, live music, food and beverage booths along with a car show and carnival rides. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. A $3 donation is suggested. The Volcanoes will host the first-ever Oregon Nike Futures Game featuring the best baseball prospects in the state. The showcase event will feature a two-night double header with two...

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Fireworks safety tips

State fire officials are reminding Oregonians to “Keep it legal and keep it safe” when it comes to fireworks during the coming weeks. The fireworks season in the Beaver State opened June 23 and will continue through July 6. “People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” said State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.” Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are all illegal in Oregon. Under Oregon law, officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. “All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully,” added Wallace. “And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.” The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks...

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