4th of July weekend events

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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 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 www.westerndays.net.

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 www.stpaulrodeo.com for more information and a full schedule.

Dallas is hosting Freedomfest with a BBQ competition, disc golf tourney, vendors, food and fireworks. Free admission. Daytime events will be held at the City Park, fireworks at LaCreole Middle School. For more information, www.dallasor.gov.

The city of Monmouth is hosting a classic car show, live music, a parade and fireworks at nightfall. For the full schedule, visit www.ci.monmouth.or.us. The festival continues Saturday, July 5.

Woodburn’s free family event includes food vendors, live entertainment, Kidz Zone, inflatables, crafts and more at Centennial Park, 900 Parr Road. Fireworks at nightfall.

Stayton has a parade at 4 p.m. and a BBQ beef dinner and karaoke from 6 to 8 p.m., all at Stayton Middle School. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

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

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 for a second year. The festival provides visitors and locals with seven continuous hours of 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.

Saturday, July 5

Detroit hosts Fireworks Over the Lake at 10 p.m. More info at www.detroitlake.org. Southeast of Kane’s Marina.

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