Fourth of July music, fireworks on deck for Willamette Park
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Just like last year, locals will have plenty to do close to home with this year’s Fourth of July party at Willamette Park.

West Linn residents looking for a lively, patriotic way to celebrate the Fourth of July need look no further than their own backyard for West Linn's 'Fourth of July National Celebration,' organized by long-time West Linn resident Alice Richmond.

'Our Fourth of July is more than picnics and baseball games,' Richmond said. 'It's ours to celebrate.'

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. at Willamette Park, located at 1100 12th St., with Return Flight taking the stage for a musical performance at 4:30 p.m.

Visitors will dance until they drop to the lively tempos of the nine-member band, Richmond said.

State Sen. Richard Devlin and West Linn Mayor John Kovash will act as emcees, addressing the crowd at 6 p.m., and West Linn City Councilor Mike Jones will be a greeter at the event.

West Linn resident Claire Newrones, 11, will be on hand to sing the national anthem, followed by performances by the U.S. Army and Navy color guards.

Capping off a patriotic evening, a fireworks display will begin at 9:45 p.m. Food and other items will be available for purchase at vendor booths and a rock climbing wall and games sponsored by the U.S. Army will provide entertainment throughout the evening. Donations of canned food for the West Linn Food Pantry will also be accepted.

'Alice Richmond's Fourth of July event provides a fun and local alternative for families who want to celebrate the holiday in West Linn,' said Kirsten Wyatt, West Linn's assistant city manager. 'Alice also adds her own special flair to the events she organizes, which results in memorable celebrations.'

So, on Fourth of July, 'Keep it home, keep it local and come say hello to Alice,' Richmond said. 'Oh yes, she'll be there with her hat on!'

West Linn's Fourth of July celebration is sponsored by the city of West Linn, Gramor Development, Icon Construction and Development, Smile Linn Dental, the West Linn Tidings, Minuteman Press, Oregon City branch and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.

For more information, call 503-723-0101.

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