Celebrating the Fourth

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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 seven inning games at 4 and 7:15 p.m.  In between games will feature a home run derby and speed competition.

Fireworks will cap the night after the second game concludes.

The St. Paul Rodeo continues with fireworks each night.

Why not spend the freedom season basking in the glory of Independence, Ore.? The town’s fireworks display starts at 10 p.m.

Stayton has a parade at 4 p.m. and a BBQ beef dinner, karaoke from 6 to 8 p.m. And live music by JT and the Tourists, all at Stayton Middle School. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Mill City’s Fourth of July celebration has fireworks at 10 p.m. Earlier in the day there’s a 5K run, Lions Club breakfast, grand parade, vendors and food at Kimmel Park.

Up in Portland, the Waterfront Blues Festival has what it bills as the largest fireworks display in Oregon. It starts at 10 p.m., at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. If you’re looking to get up close and personal, a $10 admission plus two cans or more of nonperishable food will get you into the park.

You can also check out fireworks at Oaks Park Amusement Park for $5 for adults, $2 for 15 and younger and $3 for seniors 62 and up. No personal fireworks or alcohol, and live entertainment before fireworks start at dusk.

Out in the suburbs, Lake Oswego has an all-day celebration at Millennium Plaza Park, with fireworks at the Lake Grove Swim Center at 9:45 p.m.

The City of Tigard’s fireworks display starts at dusk at Tigard High School.

Out east in Corbett, the day’s festivities start with a pancake breakfast and parade, with events throughout the day and fireworks at night.

Estacada’s Timber Festival features a carnival and parade to go along with skyward explosions at 10 p.m.

The Fourth of July Celebration in Hood River goes all day, with a parade, games and live music, concluding with fireworks over the river.

And in Fort Vancouver, family fun and games go on all day, with fireworks at 10:05 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door, with children 12 and under free.

Out at the coast, pick your spot: Lots of locales feature fireworks. Seaside kicks off Independence Day with an 11 a.m. parade, an Old Fashioned Social from noon to 3 p.m. and fireworks after dark.

Other displays lighting up the night sky on the coast include: Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Tillamook (Blue Heron French Cheese Company), Newport, Lincoln City, Florence, Bandon, Port Orford, Gold Beach, Brookings Harbor, Coos Bay, Astoria and Yachats.

After the Fourth

Who needs the serenity of Detroit Lake when you’ve got explosions over the water? They start at dusk on July 6, southeast of Kane’s Marina.

At the coast, Pacific City’s fireworks display kicks off the explosive season with a display at 9:30 p.m. July 6.

Out in Molalla, the Buckeroo Rodeo continues July 5 and 6, also with fireworks. Live music follows.

Western Days in Independence hosts hometown fireworks at 10 p.m.

The St. Paul Rodeo closes out the fireworks display season on July 6 after that night’s rodeo.

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