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Independence Day arrives with a bang

Here's a glimpse at some of the fireworks shows that happen today.

Fort Vancouver Fourth of

July Fireworks Spectacular

This display is billed as the largest annual fireworks show west of the Mississippi River. The celebration is officially free, but attendees are encouraged to 'take $4 to the Fourth' to support the event. Fireworks start at 10:10 p.m. at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve by the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, between Interstate 5 and East Reserve Street on Officers Row in downtown Vancouver, Wash.

The celebration begins at 11:45 a.m. with live entertainment; sky divers will perform throughout the day. Visit www.vnhrt.org on the Web or call 1-360-992-1800.

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival

One of Portland's favorite summertime music events continues at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The event features a fireworks show at 10 tonight over the Willamette River south of the Hawthorne Bridge.

More than 100 blues artists will perform during the four-day event, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. Daily admission is $5 plus two cans of nonperishable food. Call 503-973-3378.

Oaks Amusement Park

Gates open at 10 a.m. Rides run from noon to midnight, and the park's 98th annual fireworks display begins at 9:55 p.m.

The park is at the foot of Southeast Sixth Avenue and Spokane Street. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 16 and younger. Call 503-233-5777.

PGE Park

Baseball fans will have front-row seats for the postgame fireworks display at PGE Park tonight. The Portland Beavers host the Edmonton Trappers at 6:05 p.m. Fireworks will begin about 15 minutes after the game's end.

The stadium is at 1844 S.W. Morrison St. Tickets for the game are $6 to $10, available at the box office, 503-553-5555, or through Ticketmaster, 503-224-4400, subject to service charges.

Blue Lake Regional Park

Music begins at 4 p.m. The park features hiking trails, swimming and a children's play area. The fireworks show, starts at 10 p.m.

The park is between Northeast Marine Drive and Sandy Boulevard off Northeast 223rd Avenue. Admission is $6 per vehicle. Call 503-797-1834.