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Weekend is packed with Fourth of July fun

Events in LO start Saturday with a community barbecue

REVIEW/TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Greg Lang, a member of the Lake Oswego High School Class of '64, drove his 1923 Ford T-bucket in the Star Spangled Parade last year. Every possible component is in place for a patriotic Fourth of July celebration that starts Saturday and continues through the holiday weekend. There will be barbecues, pancake breakfasts, parades, speeches — and fireworks, of course — in and around Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Here’s the rundown:

July 2

—Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a community barbecue from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. The menu includes barbecue chicken, cole slaw, beans and roll for $10 ,and sodas and water for $1. Proceeds will be used to support VFW programs in the community. Presale tickets are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 971-227-4139.

July 3

—The Lake Corporation, in partnership with the City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, will present ski and wakeboarding exhibitions from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday on Lakewood Bay. The action is visible from Millennium Plaza Park (200 First St.) or Sundeleaf Plaza (120 S. State St.) and other venues around the bay. At 5 p.m., the organizations will present the Portland Waterski Spectacular on Lakewood Bay. Bring lawn chairs and picnics.

—The Millennium Concert Band, under the direction of Dale Cleland, will present a patriotic concert and tribute to veterans at 7 p.m. Sunday at Millennium Plaza Park (200 First St., Lake Oswego). The event includes the presentation of colors by the Lake Oswego Honor Guard and a special tribute to veterans. Bring lawn chairs and picnics.

July 4

—The Lake Oswego Lions Club Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7 a.m.-noon Monday at George Rogers Park (611 S. State St., Lake Oswego). The event is the largest fundraiser for the Lions Club; proceeds are used to support a number of charitable organizations, including Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Gales Creek Diabetes Camp Foundation and others. Enjoy music from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Menu includes regular and gluten-free pancakes, sausage, juice, milk or coffee. The Lions will be collecting donations of used eye glasses, hearing aids and cell phones at the breakfast as a means to “fulfill our promise to Helen Keller to be Knights of Blindness,” says Lions Club member Dean Surface.

—Parade participants should begin lining up for the Star Spangled Parade down A Avenue in Lake Oswego at 9 a.m. Monday. The staging area is located on Lake Garden Court, off Iron Mountain Boulevard. Those wishing to ride in vehicles or floats or as a team, club or special interest group are asked to register with the Parks & Recreation Department by calling 503-675-3985 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lake Oswego’s Star Spangled Parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday and ends at Millennium Plaza Park, where festivities will continue until 1:30 p.m. Among the highlights: a pie-eating contest, with registration at 11 a.m. for the noon contest, live music and more.

—West Linn’s Star Spangled Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Monday at Willamette Park (1100 12th St.). It all begins with the raising of the flag and singing of the “Star Spangled Banner, followed by speeches from state Rep. Julie Parrish, state Sen. Richard Devlin, Clackamas County commissioners and West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod. The event continues with games, live music, a barbecue and adult beverages prior to a fireworks display at dusk.

—See the fireworks from Waverly Country Club from the comfort of the Willamette Shore Trolley. Reservations for the Fourth of July special ride are required. Departure time is 8:30 p.m. and cost is $25 per person. For reservations, call the depot at 503-697-7436.

—Lake Oswego’s fireworks display also begins at dusk — approximately 9:45 p.m. Monday — over Oswego Lake. For details, call the LOPD at 503-635-0250.