Corbett, Sandy, Estacada, Portland offer events

Nothing says summer’s here quite like the Fourth of July, and East County residents have at least four options within reasonable driving distance for fireworks and fun.

Here’s a summary of what’s on tap for Independence Day in our area.

Corbett Fun Fest

Festivities begin at 7 a.m. Friday, July 4, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5.

Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be served from 7-10 a.m. in the Corbett Schools Multi-Purpose Building, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for ages 10 and younger. Children under 5 eat free.

Free parking will be provided until the end of the breakfast, after which parking fees will apply for the Corbett Fun Fest.

The Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Club sponsors the breakfast and proceeds benefit scholarships for Corbett High School students.

A 10 a.m. parade starts July 4 with a car cruise along the two mile route from Springdale to Corbett.

The Historic Columbia River Highway closes from Stark Street Bridge at 9:30 a.m.

Corbett Hill Road off Highway 84 (exit 22) closes at 9:30 a.m. the same day.

The roads will reopen at 11:30 a.m. after the cruise and parade.

Bands, field games, a talent show, elephant ears, inflatables for children, a water slide, a mechanical bull, vendor booths, a generational queens court and other entertainment, plus a fireworks show, will make this the place to be in Corbett.

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Estacada Timber Festivalby: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Strawberry Roan featuring lead singer Catherine Loyer takes the stage at 7 p.m. at the Estacada Timber Festival.

A 10 a.m. parade starts at Estacada High School, 355 N.E. Sixth Ave., and heads south down Main Street, turning right on Fourth Street and then right on Broadway Street. It ends back up at the school.

The festival kicks off at noon in Estacada’s Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way. Food vendors will be on hand and the festival will feature animal petting, slides, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull and a variety of logging events, including bucking, power sawing, log rolling and loading and a log truck “Show ‘n’ Shine.”

Other events include horse pull demonstrations as well as ax throwing.

Strawberry Roan, featuring lead singer Catherine Loyer, takes the stage at 7 p.m. Loyer is backed by Jim Loyer on acoustic guitar, Toby Rapp on bass, Danny Stein on drums, Tim Doyle on keys, Ralph Porter and Gabriel Trees on lead guitar, and Willow Welson on vocals. The group plays originals and covers ranging from country to country pop, roots rock, and even rock and blues.

Fireworks start around 10 p.m.

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The 27th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival features Gregg Allman, Boz Scaggs, Maceo Parker, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Joan Osborne, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Commander Cody and numerous other acts, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6.

Oregon’s largest fireworks display takes place on Friday, July 4, at the conclusion of the festival’s second day. Be sure to catch soul singer Linda Hornbuckle’s rendition of our national anthem at 10 p.m.

Gates open at 11 a.m. daily. Festival entry is a suggested donation of $10 Thursday through Saturday (or more if you are able) per person, per day (including children, although kids under 5 can come in free).

You’ll need a festival pass to get in Sunday, the day Allman and Scaggs play.

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Proceeds benefit festival owner the Oregon Food Bank, which helps nearly one in five households statewide fend off hunger by distributing food through a network that includes SnowCap Community Charities in Rockwood as well as Zarephath Pantry in Gresham.

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Clackamas County Bank and the city of Sandy sponsor a “Fireworks and Family” event that starts at dusk in Pioneer Corporate Park at Champion Way and Industrial Way.

“Clackamas County Bank is proud to partner again with the City of Sandy for the eighth year to provide this event to our community,” the bank said.

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