The best and brightest of local(ish) July 4th events

Civil War Battles, rodeos 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 2 through 4 The Northwest Civil War Council at Antique Powerland in Brooks. 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 2 p.m. Admission: $12 for adults, under 12 free. The city of Independence’s much-lauded fireworks display caps a full weekend of activities. Parades, a watermelon-eating contest, live music, movies in the park and, of course, fireworks displays Saturday and Monday 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. Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo:  Rodeo features bronco riding, bullriding, calf roping, synchronized riding, royal court, entertainment, food and fun. Fireworks on Monday, July 4. Admission charged. www.molallabuckeroo.com. Sunday, July 3 Silverton Day: Live music by The Flextones and fireworks display in Silverton 879 W. Main Street, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Geocaching all day at The Oregon Garden. Monday, July 4 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: patriotic tribute, fireworks and a game with the Vancouver Canadians. 6700 Field of Dreams Way. Tickets $7 to $30....

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