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Independence Day events planned for Tigard, Tualatin, King City

Parades in each community, fireworks show at Tigard High.


PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL GIFFORD - Tigard Police and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue join the annual festivities on Southwest Millen Drive during a previous year's July 4 parade.Independence Day is Monday, and as usual, Tigard, Tualatin and King City will be celebrating the holiday with parades and other festivities.

This July 4 will mark the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is a federal holiday, so banks, government offices and many other businesses will be closed on the day.

Tigard's Middle of Millen Parade all set to march

If you show up on Southwest Millen Drive in Tigard at 4 p.m. Monday, you'll find some of the neighbors lined up with lawn chairs and coolers while others are getting ready to show off their homemade floats, hand-crafted replicas and hot-glued displays.

For 19 years, the Middle of Millen Drive Independence Day Parade has brought the neighborhood — and the rest of Tigard — together for flag-waving, candy-tossing fun.

At about seven-tenths of a mile long, the short parade with a long name promises to pack a colorful punch once again.

The neighborhood staple has grown into a city celebration. The Tigard Police Department will send ATVs, motorcycles and McGruff the Crime Dog to join the festivities. The Washington County Sheriff's Office will show up on horseback. The U.S. Coast Guard is also scheduled to appear.

But much of the parade will be a surprise, said event organizer Carol Gifford, because neighbors like to unveil their creations for the first time on the big day.

"We know there's something big being built down the street, but it's hidden under tenting and a canopy," said Gifford. (She hears it's a 10-foot papier mâché naval frigate replica.)

If the past is any indication, the floats are bound to be a hit. Neighbors have built everything from a model of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's 19th-century canoe to a replica of Elvis Presley' pink Cadillac, said Gifford.

"It's a great big birthday party," said Gifford. "It's fun to giggle at the wacky, patriotic creations that come out of garages."

Fox Hills Parade will brighten up east Tualatin

Another parade will be kicking off at 4 p.m. on Independence Day, a few miles to the southeast in Tualatin.

The Fox Hills Fourth of July Parade, a community tradition in east Tualatin, will begin in the parking lot of Bridgeport Elementary School, 5505 S.W. Borland Road.

“Anyone is welcome to participate or just watch,” said parade organizer Anna Wildish. “Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes, scooters, power wheels — anything that moves really — and be a part of the parade. Play music, wear a costume, pretty much anything patriotic goes.”

The parade route heads west on Southwest Joshua Street before “meandering” for about three-quarters of a mile through the Fox Hills neighborhood and returning to Bridgeport Elementary.

The Tualatin Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue are slated to participate, Wildish said. A Girl Scout troop will lead this year's parade.

King City has own parades Sunday, Monday

King City will celebrate the holiday with two parades again this year.

The King City Civic Association’s annual Fourth of July golf cart parade will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The parade has been an annual tradition for many years, and residents are encouraged to decorate their golf carts with a patriotic red, white and blue theme.

The route will go along Southwest Royalty Parkway and Queen Elizabeth to Pacific Pointe Retirement Inn, where the residents, who act as judges, will be waiting to vote on the best entries, before returning to the Clubhouse.

Participants are asked to show up at the King City Clubhouse parking lot at 15245 S.W. 116th Ave., at 3:30 p.m.

Sign-up sheets are in the Clubhouse, but if people don’t sign up ahead of time and just show up, “we’ll welcome them with open arms and smiles,” organizer Jim Armour said.

On Monday, residents of the Edgewater on the Tualatin development will hold their annual parade, which is always full of families and kids in strollers and wagons and on bicycles and tricycles.

The parade will begin at the roundabout at Southwest Fischer Road and 136th Avenue at 11 a.m., and after winding through the streets, it will end up at King City Community Park. There will be food and activities available at the park.

Fireworks show happening at Tigard High

An “old-fashioned” celebration of Independence Day will get underway at 8 p.m. in the Tigard High School stadium.

The free family event will feature fireworks, live music and games for children, according to an activity guide published by the Tigard Parks & Recreation Department.

The Tualatin Valley Community Band is set to perform before the fireworks display.

A concession stand will also be selling “light snacks,” according to the guide.

The celebration at Tigard High is open to all ages. However, pets, alcohol, smoking, barbecuing and personal fireworks are not permitted on school property.

Tigard High is located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road.