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Local Fourth of July events offer plenty to do

Both Corbett and Blue Lake Park offer music before fireworks

Local residents will have a plethora of options to keep themselves entertained on the Fourth of July.

Metro regional government will host its annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display at Blue Lake Regional Park, off of Northeast 223rd Avenue between Marine Drive and Sandy Boulevard.

Families can bring their own snacks, or visit the food court between 1 and 10 p.m. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the serving group.

An opening ceremony at 6 p.m. will kick off the event with an introduction by Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby and a performance by the Singing Centurions.

Live music will start at 6 p.m. from the outdoor stage at the west end of the park, followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m. The New Iberians and Boogie Bone will perform a variety of R and B, Texas shuffle, blues, rock and soul selections for the whole family.

Admission is $6 per vehicle, or $12 per full-size van, bus or recreational vehicle. Admission is free for those who ride TriMet's Blue Lake Shuttle to the park, which stops at the Gresham Library and along Eastman Parkway.

Marine Drive will be closed from 9 p.m. to end of the fireworks from 185th and 223rd avenues.

No pets, alcohol or personal fireworks will be allowed in the park.

Corbett will also offer a number of family friendly Fourth of July events.

The Corbett Fun Festival's 36th annual Fourth of July Celebration will kick off with a parade at 11 a.m. This year's theme is 'Remembering the Past: Building for the Future.' Coffee will be offered at the old Springdale school prior to the start of the parade.

After the parade, a number of activities will be offered on the Corbett School District grounds, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

A quilt show will run from noon to 4 p.m. and crafts and games will be available throughout the afternoon. A barbeque beef dinner will be served at 1 p.m.

A beer garden featuring disc jockey Rick Harlow will be in operation across from the school grounds from noon to 8:30 p.m., and a silent auction at the beer garden will go from noon to 5 p.m.

Items available at the silent auction include everything from a load of gravel and a handmade Afghan to a case of wine, dinner for six and a stay at a beach house. A complete list of auction items will be handed out during the parade and at an information booth behind the school.

The real festivities will begin at 2 p.m. with a flag salute, introduction of the grand marshal, pie eating contest and the ever-popular mole contest judging.

A farm and tractor show, a talent show and an oral auction will round out the afternoon.

Families can also enjoy a live band - Megan James and the Benders - from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

A beef raffle will begin at 7 p.m. Participants can win live beef, a $50 custom butchering gift certificate, or $50 gift certificates to either Big Bear's Country Market or the Corbett Country Market.

Nashville star Barry Lee White will sing at a benefit concert for the Jeff Lucas Memorial Fund from 8 to 9:30 on the Corbett High School football field. Donations collected at the concert go toward the construction of the Jeff Lucas Memorial Stadium and sports complex at the high school. Lucas, a Navy SEAL from Corbett, was killed June 28, 2005, in Afghanistan.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks display at dusk.