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Western Washington County revelers 'ooh' and 'aah' over fireworks, enjoy a parade, walk and run for cancer prevention

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: TRAVIS LOOSE - Thousands of people gathered in the cool night air to watch fireworks light up the sky in Forest Grove Monday night, courtesy of the Western Washington County Firefighters Association.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. NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Local band Fadedblue provided music for a few hours before the Forest Grove fireworks began.

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 Healthcare’s cancer-fighting programs.

Banks and North Plains did not have fireworks displays on July 4 this year, but that didn’t swell the crowd in Forest Grove, which “seemed on par with what we have seen before,” said Forest Grove Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer. “It’s definitely a big event, probably the single biggest gathering of people in our community during the year.”

According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue’s 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.

Monday’s 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, Miget’s Hawaiian Island Grill, Great Northwest Ice Cream, Gonzo’s Incredible Food and Five Star Burgers.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people came to Tom McCall Upper Elementary School to watch fireworks, which was about the usual number.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hillsboros C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run drew participants of all ages to help raise money to fight cancer. SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hundreds of runners raised money for Tuality Healthcares cancer awareness and treatment programs. NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: TRAVIS LOOSE - At Hillsboros annual Fourth of July parade, the citys Optimist Club sponsored the entry of monster truck Zombie Tracker.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: TRAVIS LOOSE - Some Independence Day revelers sported wacky and wild costumes for the parade, even bringing their pets along for the festivities.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: TRAVIS LOOSE - Some Independence Day revelers sported wacky and wild costumes for the parade, even bringing their pets along for the festivities.