Fourth of July will be a Star Spangled event all day and all night

by: File photo Vern Uyetake, 
Get ready to celebrate on the Fourth.

From morning to night on the 4th of July, Lake Oswego will be a place for good fun, good food, good music and even good works.

From pancakes at 7 a.m. to fireworks at 9:45 p.m., the public should be prepared to come early and stay late.

Just a few highlights include the Star Spangled Parade, the Star Spangled Celebration in Millennium Plaza Park, spectacular water events sponsored by the Lake Oswego Corp., and the fireworks show at Lake Grove Swim Park.

But there is so much more:

n The Lake Oswego Lions Club will be offering some great food. From 7 a.m. to noon the 59th annual pancake breakfast will be held in George Rogers Park. The menu will include all the pancakes you can eat, plus sausage, orange juice and coffee or milk. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Accompanying all the food will be patriotic music, flags and hats, plus a special guest. Another highlight will be the display by puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence.

Later on, the Lake Grove Lions will hold their 42nd annual July 4th Barbecue in Millennium Plaza Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water will be provided. It will be a time of reunion for participants in the July 4th Parade. Those attending will include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and adult leaders from Pack 129, Pack 414 and Troop 146.

n The annual Star Spangled Parade will roll down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park, starting at 11:30 a.m. The family-friendly parade will welcome decorated bikes, wagons, strollers and pets. Face painting will be available at the parade staging area at the Christ Church Episcopal parking lot at 10th and Chandler.

Honoring veterans will be a big part of the patriotic parade. Veterans are welcome to walk or ride in the parade. People are urged to show their pride by wearing their colors or uniforms.

To register for participation in the parade, call 503-675-3983.

n The Star Spangled Celebration, highlighted by outstanding musical performers, will be held in Millennium Plaza Park from noon to 5 p.m. It will include: 12:15 p.m. - Live Wire, on the lower plaza on the barge; 12:45 p.m. - Presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop No. 221, Wayne Richards and Southern Nights; 2 p.m. - Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner; 3 p.m. - the Millennium Concert Band.

n The Star Spangled Fireworks Show is planned at 9:45 p.m., sponsored by the Lake Oswego Police Department, will be the always spectacular fireworks show at Lake Grove Swim Park on Lakeview Boulevard near South Shore Boulevard in Lake Oswego.

n Star Spangled Water Sports Event, sponsored by Lake Oswego Corp., will be held over July 4 and 5. On July 4, the Chuck Schaefer Boat Parade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, July 5, the Water Ski Slalom Course Competition will be held at Lakewood Bay, with a view from Millennium Plaza Park and Headlee Walkway. From 1 to 5 p.m. will be the Wakeboard Competition and Exhibition. A great two days on water will conclude with the Portland Water Ski Spectacular at 6 p.m.

n Fireworks from the Trolley is set for 9 p.m. Willamette Shore Trolley will go from Lake Oswego to view the fireworks at Oaks Park. Fares cost $15 in advance at the Lake Oswego Depot.

n Weekend concerts will include:

Willamette Park

West Linn

July 3

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Ocean 503, diverse, funk, R and B, Reggae, blues, and jazz.

July 4

3 to 5 p.m. - Big Mama Gayle and her Sugar Daddies. Broadway entertainment in a flamboyant cabaret style.

5:30 to 7 p.m. - Whiskey Flats Brass Band, marching band of 1800-era Americana in uniforms of the time.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Gale Gage/Fedora Hot Jazz, music from the great composers of the 50s and 60s.

Millennium Plaza Park

July 5

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Dick Saunders and Sucker Creek Jazz Band.

July 6

6 to 7:30 p.m. - Brothers of the Baladi. World music.

Tryon Creek Park

July 6

2 to 3 p.m. - Whiskey Flats Brass Band.

n Those celebrating these events are asked to remember the hungry by donating at least one can of non-perishable food to benefit Oregon Food Bank. Collection barrels will be available at all concerts, movies in the park and the Star Spangled Celebration.