Don't miss these local celebrations of our nations birthday

"Celebrate our many freedoms with an old-fashioned Fourth of July in Lake Oswego!" invites Jamie Inglis, event specialist with the city of Lake Oswego's Parks and Recreation Department.

Don your patriotic colors, decorate your wagons and join a fun-filled VERN UYETAKE - A youngster at last year's Fourth of July celebration enjoyed watching the parade.

Holiday festivities begin with a patriotic performance from the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band on Tuesday, the eve of Independence Day.

The spectacular celebration continues with the Star Spangled Parade. This family-friendly event includes a Lake Oswego fire engine and an authentic fife and drum band.

The fun continues at Millennium Plaza Park with the Star Spangled Celebration. The celebration includes American cuisine, balloon animals, face painting, live entertainmnent and more. Plus, don't miss the second-annual pie eating contest. Commemorate the country by racing to complete a tasty pie.

For the fireworks enthusiast, there is a fireworks show hosted by the Lake Corporation with public viewing at the Lake Grove Swim Park.

"With so many fantastic events, Lake Oswego is the perfect place to create a truly memorable Fourth of July!" Inglis said.

Following is a lineup of the festivities planned in and around Lake Oswego and West Linn:

Tuesday, July 3

Millennium Concert Band

Dale Cleland, conductor will conduct a concert at 7 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park

by: VERN UYETAKE - Last year was the first year of the community's pie-eating contest. It's back by popular demand. Sign up at Millenium Plaza Park. The contest starts at 12:50 p.m. on the Fourth.

Wednesday, July 4

Tualatin Valley Community Band concert

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Tigard High School Stadium, located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road, where the Tualatin Valley Community Band will perform just prior to the fireworks display. Directed by Steve Heuser, the band will play traditional and patriotic tunes and more music to hop to during the sack races. Music starts at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk.

Lions will be flipping pancakes

Attending the Lake Oswego Lions Club annual pancake breakfast on the Fourth of July is a tradition for many in the community. Since the first pancake breakfast held in 1949, families from near and far have celebrated with breakfast at George Rogers Park. The 63rd annual pancake breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon. The Millennium Brass Band will play patriotic music.

Cost of the breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children, and it includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. by: VERN UYETAKE - A popular feature of the Fourth of July parade is the fife and drum unit. It will play during the festivities at Millennium Plaza Park.

Lake Oswego's Star Spangled Parade

9 a.m. - Staging at Lake Garden Court (vehicles must pre-register)

10 a.m. - Star Spangled Parade down A Avenue

10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ­- Star Spangled Celebration at Millennium Plaza Park featuring the American cuisine from La Pizza Pela, Hoffman's Dairy Farm and YAC Ice Cream

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Music provided by the Schwing Daddies

11 a.m. - Boy Scout Presentation of Colors

11:05 a.m. - Fife and drum band performance

11:10 a.m. - Float awards

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Face painting and balloon animals

12:50 p.m. - Pie eating contest (register at the event)

1:15 to 3 p.m. - Enjoy the music of Southern Nights

9:45 p.m. - A fireworks display over Lake Oswego will begin at 9:45 p.m. View it from Lake Grove Swim Park, located at 3900 Lakeview Blvd. Take a picnic and get there early.

Annual boat parade is set

The Lake Corporation is organizing the annual boat parade for the afternoon of the Fourth of July. It will be visible from Lakewood Bay and Millennium Plaza Park.

Additionally, be sure to catch the Lake Corp.'s water ski and wakeboard competition to be held on Lakewood Bay July 7. Competition begins at 10 a.m. The Portland Water Spectacular Ski Show will begin at 7 p.m.

West Linn plans concert and fireworks

Willamette Park is the place to be in West Linn on the Fourth of July from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Activities include a concert, fireworks, food and lots of family fun. Join masters of ceremonies state Rep. Julie Parrish and Sen. Richard Devlin in this patriotic celebration. Claire Newrone will sing the national anthem.

For more information, contact Alice Richmond at 503-723-0101.

Rodeo fun at St. Paul Rodeo can't be beat

St. Paul Rodeo stampedes into town July 2 through 7 with rodeos July 3 through 6 at 7:30 p.m. and a 1:30 p.m. matinee on July 4. A pro bull riders event wraps up the week on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. A complete schedule can be viewed online at

The St. Paul Rodeo, founded in 1935, is a Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour rodeo, one of eight of the premier rodeos in the nation, drawing world champion cowboys and cowgirls over its six performances.

In addition to rodeo, there this a trail ride, Fourth of July parade, Wild West Art Show, carnival, Great Western Barbecue Cookoff, plus fireworks follow each night's grand entertainment of rodeo.

Tickets range in price from $16 to $24 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 800-237-5920.

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