Plan your 4th for maximum boom

Civil War battles, a music festival and enough fireworks to make your head explode. Here is a round-up of where to see the best and brightest this July 4. July 3 through 5 The 25th annual appearance of the Northwest Civil War Council at Willamette Mission State Park. Approximately 1,000 reenactors are expected, who will demonstrate the living and fighting conditions of the early 1860’s. Battles daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Actor Steven Holgate reprises his role as Abraham Lincoln Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission $5 to $8 plus day use park fee. 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 www.westerndays.net. St. Paul Rodeo: rodeo, wild west art show, carnival, parade, BBQ cook-off and Tack Room Saloon and more. Admission charged, 20209 Main Street, in St. Paul. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 3 Silverton Day: live music and fireworks display. 879 W. Main Street, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: patriotic tribute, fireworks and a game with the Tri-City Dust Devils. 6700 Field of Dreams Way. Tickets $7 to $30. Game begins at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, July 4 Rogue Farms Independence Day 10K: a 10K run through Rogue’s hop farms in Independence....

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