Day: July 3, 2014

4th of July weekend events

After the patriotism, barbecues and revelry, fireworks are an integral part of what Americans “do” on July 4. Here’s a listing of fireworks displays in the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond: July 4-July 6 The Volcanoes baseball club has a huge slate of activities planned all weekend. For all the details, see page 12. The city of Independence’s much-lauded fireworks display is now a full weekend of activities. Parades, a watermelon-eating contest, live music, movies in the park and, of course, fireworks displays each night at 10 p.m. For the full schedule, visit Civil War re-enactments at Willamette Mission Park are presented by the Northwest Civil War Council. Battles each day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A presidential press conference with Abraham Lincoln is slated Saturday at 1 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for children 6 and younger. July 4 The Revolutionary Revue. Sixty minutes of song, dance and comedy outlining key events leading to the founding of our nation begins at 1:30 p.m. It features six teen performers on the steps of the Capitol Building, 900 Court Street in Salem. The St. Paul Rodeo continues through Saturday, July 5. Fireworks after each evening. Other entertainment includes: a Wild West art show, BBQ cook-off, carnival and parade. Event times vary. Visit for more information and a full schedule. Dallas is...

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Civil War living history returns to Willamette Mission July 4

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Abe Lincoln will be making a return appearance at this year’s annual Civil War reenactment slated for July 4-6 at Willamette Mission Park north of Keizer. Stephen Holgate, who has been hailed as “the best Lincoln in America,” will perform a presidential press conference at the event Saturday, July 5, at 1 p.m. Holgate, as Lincoln, talks about the 16th president’s evolving views on race and how it motivated decisions that led to the Civil War. After his presentation, Holgate will take questions from the audience and re-enactors. The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, will offer more than six acres of living history with re-enactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites, and character.  Battles are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Parades kick off each day at 9 a.m. As many as 1,000 Civil War re-enactors will present the living conditions and circumstances of the early 1860s as well as battles with artillery, infantry and cavalry. One of the re-enactors in attendance will be Keizer’s Becca Danner. Her older sister, Faith, who is also a regular participant in regional reenactments, will be out of town for a softball tournament. “I really like reading about the Civil War, and I finally got my parents to take me to one of the reenactments at Willamette Mission...

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