FOURTH OF JULY FLURRY
Western Washington County revelers 'ooh' and 'aah' over fireworks, enjoy a parade, walk and run for cancer prevention
Fireworks. Parades. Fun runs. Food.
Those are snapshots from the Fourth of July holiday in western Washington County, where from Forest Grove to Hillsboro and beyond revelers made the most of a mostly sunny Independence Day weekend.
A community fireworks display at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School drew 7,000 to 8,000 people to the campus in Forest Grove Monday evening, and between 8,000 and 12,000 took in the annual Rotary parade in downtown Hillsboro Monday morning.
Before the parade, hundreds participated in the Cancer Awareness & Treatment (C.A.T.) Walk & Fun Run in downtown Hillsboro. The event raises funds for Tuality Healthcares cancer-fighting programs.
Banks and North Plains did not have fireworks displays on July 4 this year, but that didnt swell the crowd in Forest Grove, which seemed on par with what we have seen before, said Forest Grove Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer. Its definitely a big event, probably the single biggest gathering of people in our community during the year.
According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescues Facebook page, the pyrotechnics at Tom McCall added about 100 shells this year. The event, put on by the nonprofit Western Washington County Firefighters Association, is completely funded by donations.
Mondays show cost $8,000.
In between colorful blasts in the sky and a musical performance by local band Fadedblue, folks got up from their chairs and picnic blankets to grab a bite to eat. On-site food vendors included Master Taco, Migets Hawaiian Island Grill, Great Northwest Ice Cream, Gonzos Incredible Food and Five Star Burgers.