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Explore Portland: Fourth of July Festivals and Fireworks

Just about every neighborhood in Portland seems to have its own little celebration on the 4th. But if you’re looking for something a little more exciting than a block party, here are three big events and two amazing fireworks spectaculars you won’t want to miss.

Explore Portland: Fourth of July Festivals and Fireworks
The Waterfront Blues Festival
This not-to-be-missed festival kicks off on the 4th and goes through July 7th. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a blues fan, you have to check out a few performances. These are top-notch artists who love to put on a show. And with the Willamette as the backdrop, you couldn’t ask for a more scenic location. The fireworks extravaganza starts around 10 pm after the Robert Cray Band plays.

Portland Craft Beer Festival
Portland has over 70 craft breweries within city limits. It takes dedication to sample them all. Check a bunch off your list all at once at the PCBF where all of the beer, cider, and wine served are crafted right here in town. There’s also plenty of delicious food carts and fun activities.

Oaks Amusement Park
For a classic Portland 4th of July celebration, head to Oaks Park and fill the day with rides, games, mini golf, roller skating, and cotton candy. Get there early (gates open at 10 am) to snag one of the picnic tables. Plenty of live entertainment throughout the day will keep the party going until the firework display at dusk.

Fireworks Viewing Tips
You don’t have to go to Oaks Park or Blues Fest to view the fireworks. There are plenty of other spots that have a view. We love to head to the Tilikum Bridge. Of course, so does half of Portland, so expect a crowd. This year, add to the fun by checking out the Silent Disco and dancing beneath the show. The Ross Island and Hawthorne Bridges also have decent views.

If you prefer to watch the show from a distance head to Mt. Tabor or up to Pittock Mansion. Just be aware you’ll have to walk in a way to both locations as parking will be closed. So be sure to bring a flashlight!