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Lake Oswego celebrates Independence Day in style

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Eight-year-old Malena Kiker of West Linn shows her excitement as Lake Oswego's Star Spangled Parade heads her way. Hundreds of people lined A Avenue on Monday to watch as hundreds more paraded through downtown.Six-year-old Nicholas Steranko of Lake Oswego was decked out in his Fourth of July finest for Monday's Star Spangled Parade.Pancakes in one park, patriotic music in another. One joyful parade through downtown streets, another fun-filled gathering on the water. And fireworks filling the sky.

Is there any better place to spend the Fourth of July than in Lake Oswego?

The Millennium Concert Band set the stage for Independence Day with a rousing concert Sunday night in Millennium Plaza Park. Earlier in the day, water skiers and wakeboarders demonstrated their skills at a series of exhibitions and at the Portland Waterski Spectacular on Lakewood Bay.

On Monday morning, more than 3,000 pancake-loving patriots gathered in George Rogers Park for the Lake Oswego Lions Club’s 67th flipping of the flapjacks. For some, the event has become an annual tradition: 71-year-old Maryann Lange says she remembers attending the breakfasts as a young girl; this year, she dined with her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.

After breakfast, every single resident of Lake Oswego — OK, not really, but that’s what it looked like! — decorated their bikes, dogs, wagons, strollers and more for the Star Spangled Parade, which meandered down A Avenue from Lake Garden Court to Millennium Plaza Park on a route strewn with candy.

And in the evening, crowds watched as brilliant fireworks filled the sky over Oswego Lake. It was a spectacular celebration, and The Review was there to capture it all.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Greg Lang plays to the crowd during the Star Spangled Parade, part of a weekend full of patriotic Fourth of July events.

Hannah Williams of Lake Oswego catches a pancake hot off the grill at the Lake Oswego Lions Club's Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast. More than 3,000 people dined at the 67th-annual event in George Rogers Park.

Ellie Dumand gets ready to enjoy her pancakes at Monday's community breakfast in George Rogers Park.

Bruce Anderson pours another batch of pancakes on the griddle at the Lions Club pancake breakfast.

Mary Sullivan and Tiggy make their way down A Avenue on Monday during the Star Spangled Parade, which drew hundreds of spectators -- and hundreds of participants, too – to downtown Lake Oswego.

Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader joined members of the Lake Oswego Public Library's precision book cart brigade for Monday's parade.

Shirley Bronte proudly shows her patriotic spirit along the parade route Monday.

Jordan Juang of Lake Oswego rode his brightly decorated bike in the Star Spangled Parade.

Casey (left) and Aspen Camors ride in style for Monday's Star Spangled Parade.

Lake Oswego City Councilors Skip O'Neil (front) and Jon Gustafson toss candy to the crowd.

Pam Farley (right) and 3-year-old Giavelle Davis await the start of Monday's parade.

Cam Swinehart, 4, of Lake Oswego waits for one of the Star Spangled Parade's best-loved traditions: candy tossed into the crowd by parade participants.

Willa Stockton, 8, shows her patriotism after a pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park.

Mickey Jeanson (right) and Hayden Travis sit down to enjoy their pancake breakfast Monday in George Rogers Park.

KJ Miller and Brent Rogers entertain the crowd Monday at the 67th-annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in George Rogers Park.

Lake Oswego's Star Spangled Parade heads for downtown.