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St. Helens a destination for Independence Day celebration

Old Town to host all-day events, live music, fireworks watching


by: COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - A fireworks display as seen from Old Town St. Helens.St. Helens will celebrate Independence Day with an all-day series of free events in Old Town, culminating in a fireworks show.

The St. Helens Economic Development Corp. is collaborating with local businesses and service organizations, as well as the organizers of the annual concert series 13 Nights on the River, to present the festivities Friday, July 4.

SHEDCO coordinator Mary Heberling describes the celebration as “just a great, fun, family-friendly event that's free for the community members.”

At 8 a.m., the American flag will be ceremonially hoisted above Old Town. The Elks Club will also host a pancake breakfast near the Courthouse Plaza until 11 a.m.

Kid-friendly activities include a bicycle parade for children age 12 and younger, sponsored by Barlow Bikes, beginning at 10 a.m.; an opportunity from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to meet “Queen Elsa” from the Disney animated movie “Frozen,” a local woman who Heberling says will be in costume and character; and an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m. that is being sponsored by Dockside Steak & Pasta.

There will also be food vendors and a beer garden.

Bands, including Scappoose-based country rockers Sweetwater and Portland-based Led Zeppelin tribute band Ramble On, will also be performing throughout the day at the Columbia View Park Amphitheatre.

The annual fireworks display at Sand Island will cap the Independence Day celebration at dusk, close to 10 p.m. The show is largely paid for by donations from the business community.

“We've been getting a lot of support from local businesses,” Heberling says. “The community has really stepped up to help donate for it, which has been really nice.”

Heberling recommends people come early if they want to celebrate the United States' 238th birthday in Old Town St. Helens.

“Parking will be limited and space will be limited,” says Heberling.

A full schedule of events is available online.

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