Get your fireworks fix in East County
- Rob Cullivan
- Gresham Outlook - News
Fireworks, music, food on hand at area events
If you're not into listening to your neighbors fire off round after round of illegal bottle rockets, you can head out to three different area events on the Fourth of July this year.
Here's a summary of what each event offers:
Blue Lake, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview
Celebrate Independence Day with music, fun and East County's largest fireworks display at Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview.
Pack a picnic, load up your loved ones and enjoy fireworks and live music alongside beautiful Blue Lake. Kids can cool off in the water spray ground and discover the natural playground.
For groups of more than 25 people, call 503-665-4995 to reserve a site.
Gates open at 8 a.m. The spray ground is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Stingrays play classic rock, blues, r 'n' b and country from 5 p.m. until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Admission is $10 per car, $15 per 12-passenger or larger vans, and $20 per bus or RV.
No pets, alcohol or personal fireworks allowed.
Metro, The Outlook and CalPortland sponsor this event, with special thanks to Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, Fairview and Troutdale police, Multnomah County Sheriff River Patrol, Gresham Lions and UrgentCare NW.
Corbett Fun Fest
The weekend kicks off with 'Sports Saturday' on July 2.
Events include the Freedom Jam 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at 9 a.m.; the Corbett Alumni Softball Game at 3 p.m.; the Best In The Nest-Volleyball Grass Doubles at 5 p.m.; the All Community and Alumni Bar-B-Que at 6:30 p.m. and Kickball For All! from 7 to 9 p.m.
All events take place at Corbett Schools, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.
These events benefit a variety of groups, including Corbett Children's Theater, Corbett schools sports teams and boosters.
The Corbett Fun Festival on July 4 features the following events:
• Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Scholarship Pancake Breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. at the Springdale Job Corps Center, 31224 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.
Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 and younger.
• Billy Bob's Cruise, Show and Shine in the grade school parking lot. Registration costs $15 and runs from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Show and Shine from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Cruise registration at Dabney Park, 30998 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Registered cars will cruise from Dabney Park to the grade school parking lot at 10:30 a.m.
• Parade 'Remember When' with Grand Marshals Gary and Bev Law starts at 11 a.m. in the Natural Resource Academy - Old Springdale Ranger Station parking lot and follows a 2-mile route.
Readers should note eastbound traffic will be closed on Historic Columbia River Highway from the Stark Street Bridge at 10 a.m. until the parade is over.
The Interstate 84 Corbett exit/Corbett Hill Road will also be closed at 10 a.m. until the parade is over.
The festival starts after the parade, on the Corbett school grounds.
No alcohol or cigarettes or pets (except for seeing eye dogs) are permitted.
Music will be played from 1 to 10 p.m. Entertainers include award-winner Justin Shandor as Elvis Presley (see feature on Page 1B); Ray Sanchez as Buddy Holly; Philip Bauer with Random Pressure paying tribute to Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash; and Stone In Love, a Journey tribute band.
Admission to the festival includes the FunZone with inflatables, water slides and games, as well as music and fireworks, and costs $7; children 3 and younger admitted free.
Parking is $5.
For more information, visit corbettfunfest.com.
Clackamas County Bank Fireworks
The display begins around 10 p.m. in the vicinity of Sandy's shops on Champion Way. There is a fair amount of on-street parking, plus the city's park-and-ride lot. Organizers say backyards in the Tickle Creek neighborhood will probably have a good view.