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Flipping for the Fourth

Pancakes, parades and parties in the parks: It's Fourth of July, Lake Oswego-style!


by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Iris Walling and Mike Bliziotes of Lake Oswego don their finest patriotic garb July 4 for the Lions Club pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - The Lake Oswego Lions Club expects to feed 3,000 pancake lovers on July 4.Pancakes in one park, a pie-eating contest in another. One patriotic parade through the streets, another on the water. And fireworks filling the sky.

Is there any better place to spend the Fourth of July than Lake Oswego?

The Millenium Concert Band set the stage for Independence Day with a concert Thursday night in Millenium Plaza Park that honored military veterans.

On Friday morning, more than 3,000 pancake lovers lined up in George Rogers Park for the Lake Oswego Lions Club’s traditional flipping of the flapjacks.

“Patriotic pancakes,” says the club’s Kat Riley, “for a hungry town.”

After breakfast, crowds lined A Avenue to watch Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a Dixie jazz band and more march in the Star Spangled Parade. There were 45 entrants in all, not including the hundreds of happy children who joined in the festivities.

Fireworks will be launched from a barge on Oswego Lake tonight at around 9:45 p.m. And on Saturday, the celebration will continue with a boat parade from Lake Grove Swim Park to Millenium Park Plaza at 1 p.m. that kicks off the Lake Corporation’s annual Ski and Wakeboard Competition.

You’ll find lots of Independence Day photos in the July 10 issue of The Review. Can’t wait? Here’s a sampling:

by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Gretchen Olson flips flapjacks in George Rogers Park. by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Reed Jorling doesnt need much encouragement from mom Brandy at the Lions Club Fourth of July pancake breakfast in Lake Oswego.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Lake Oswegans celebrate the Fourth of July with a Star Spangled Parade down A Avenue

by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Lake Oswegans celebrate the Fourth of July with a Star Spangled Parade down A Avenue.by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Lake Oswegans celebrate the Fourth of July with a Star Spangled Parade down A Avenue.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Lake Oswegans celebrate the Fourth of July with a Star Spangled Parade down A Avenue