by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A pie eating contest is planned by the City of Lake Oswego as part of the Fourth of July festivities. Learn more online at

It’s time to celebrate our many freedoms, and Lake Oswego does this with panache. So don your patriotic colors, decorate your wagons and enjoy an old fashioned Fourth of July celebration.

Join the fun or watch your friends stroll down A Avenue in the spectacular Parade, which is led by a Lake Oswego Fire Department engine. The Parade features an authentic fife and drum band, boy scouts, girl scouts, classic cars and more.

When guests arrive at Millennium Plaza Park, they will be welcomed with live music, face-painting, balloon animals and a pie-eating contest. It’s sure to be a truly memorable July Fourth. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

Millennium Concert Band. Launch your holiday weekend by listening to a USO-style performance from Millennium Concert Band. Under the direction of Dale Cleland, guests are entertained with patriotic, military and marching compositions. Veterans are honored during the performance, which features a ceremonial Presentation of Colors from the Lake Oswego Police Honor Guard. Held 7 p.m. July 3 at Millennium Plaza Park at First Street and A Avenue.

Line Dancing. Taught by Doug Lund this class is designed for beginning line dancers and those with some experience. Ages 18 and older, meets 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, July 1 to August 12, $36.

LO Explores-Heroes Assemble. LO Explorers is a weekly-themed camp for school-age students; combining two field trips a week and a fresh approach to activities. June 30 through July 3 (no camp July 4) we offer a crash course in superhero training. Make your own bat signal and edible kryptonite. Spend Thursday working on your hero moves at Sky High. LOX offers the option of before/after camp care each week for an additional cost. Ages 7 to 12, meets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, $160.

Cooking and Gardening Camp. Learn food preparation and presentation techniques with farm fresh ingredients. Hands-on experience growing, harvesting and preparing delicious food from the garden. Healthy lunch prepared every day by students. Ages 7 to 12, 9 a.m. to noon June 30 to July 3, $85.

Kindercamp-Vroom Vroom. Half-day camp for children ages 4 through the completion of kindergarten. This camp is staffed by Vermont Hills Family Life Center. Children sing songs, play games, listen to stories, and create arts and crafts in an outdoor setting. Ages 4 to 6, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 30 to July 3 (no camp July 4), $72.

Tractor, Trucks and Trailers. Climb on Big Red, a tractor similar to one Rudy Luscher used. Listen to stories and make farm-related crafts. Ages 4 to 8, 1 to 4 p.m. June 30 through July 3, $78.

Class registration information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Guide available at the West End Building, also online at

You can register by Internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. For more information on classes, visit

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