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. Game begins at 6:35 p.m.
Capital City Spectacular: Patriotic symphonic music preludes the fireworks show at Salem’s Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street N.E. Tickets to the concert are $20. Admission to the park is free all day, there is a $3 admission to access the entertainment area. The $3 fee is included in the price of the $20 concert tickets.
Fireworks at Detroit Lake city beach, dusk.
Independence Day 5K/10K: Champoeg State Park, run or walk, beer at the finish line, 8239 Champoeg Road N.E. in St. Paul. Races begin at 8 a.m., register on site. More info at runwithpaula.com.
Dallas Freedomfest: BBQ competition, vendors, food and fireworks. Daytime events at Jordan Community Park on LaCreole Drive, fireworks at LaCreole Middle School, 701 SE LaCreole Drive. Begins at 11 a.m. Fireworks about 9:30 p.m.
Stayton has a parade at 4 p.m. and a BBQ beef dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. all at Stayton High School. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Lincoln City’s celebration begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and ends with fireworks at dusk over Siletz Bay. www.oregoncoast.org.
Newport 4th of July Rock White and Blue Music festival is coming back. The festival provides visitors and locals with music on Newport’s Historic Bay Front leading up to the city’s fireworks display. Music ranges from folk to blues to reggae to classic rock. The fun begins at 2 p.m. and ends with fireworks at 10 p.m.