Independence Day is just around the corner, and if you happen to be celebrating in Portland, Oregon, you’ll find there are many festivities from which to choose. Whether you’re into music, fireworks, craft beer, or even ghosts, you’re bound to come across just the kind of celebration you’re seeking. Here’s a list of fun happenings across the city and a bit beyond.
Waterfront Blues Festival
The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, promising a long weekend of great music, food, and fun right in the center of Portland, Oregon. Supporting the Oregon Food Bank while building community, the three-decade-old event has worked to raise over $10 million and 1,000 tons of food for in-state hunger relief. Come out for the cause and stay for over 150 memorable performances by the likes of Joss Stone, Chris Isaak, Canned Heat, and many others. Early bird pricing ends June 11th, so interested parties should get on board. The festival takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park from June 30th through July 4th, ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Willamette River.
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
Everyone’s invited to celebrate Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, just across the Washington state border and full of fun for all ages. With live music, a variety of vendors, and an inviting lawn to sprawl out on, this free event is perfect for families and anyone with sights set on a spectacular fireworks display. Bands take the stage on July 4th at 6 pm, and the sky’s scheduled to light up at 10 pm.
Fort Vancouver, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA, USA, +1 360 816 6230
Portland Craft Beer Festival
With over 70 craft breweries, Portland is one of the best beer cities in the world. Revelers over 21 years of age are welcome to attend the Portland Craft Beer Festival’s outdoor celebration at Fields Neighborhood Park and sample a dizzying array of beers, ciders, and wine made locally within Portland’s city limits. Kicking off Oregon Craft Beer Month, the annual event takes place this year on Friday, June 30th through Sunday, July 2nd.
Celebrate America with a little something different this year. Local theater company CoHo Productions is putting on its annual Summerfest—five weeks of innovative and irreverent theater—and the Fourth of July weekend falls right in the middle of the run. “Come to the Table, Mike Pence” imagines a conversation between the vice president and three of history’s most influential women, and if that doesn’t spark your curiosity, know that all profits will go to Planned Parenthood. Performances take place June 29th through July 2nd at 7:30 pm.
CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 220 2646
Portland Pickles Baseball vs. Medford Rogues
Sit back and watch one of the country’s favorite pastimes with an all-American baseball game. The Portland Pickles duke it out against the Medford Rogues on July 1–5, 2017. And though it’s nothing major, it’s bound to make for a fun afternoon. Get yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and enjoy the game—or all five.
Walker Stadium, 4601, 4727 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 775 3080
Free and open to the public, Portland’s EV Fest gives motorheads a chance to check out a range of electric vehicles and converse with folks who know the most about them. Discover how this revolutionary technology is greenifying the world by eliminating the need for gas and oil—and celebrate freedom while you’re at it. The event takes place on Saturday, July 1st from 9 am to 5 pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
St. Paul Rodeo
For those hankering to get out of the city, Saint Paul, Oregon—just an hour south of Portland—is hosting its 82nd Annual Fourth of July Rodeo. As one of the country’s top rodeos, the event doles out almost half a million dollars in prize money and sees nearly a thousand people come out to compete. Come and see what kind of grit it takes to make for a winning cowboy—or girl—this Friday, June 30th through Tuesday, July 4th.
St. Paul Rodeo, 20025 4th St NE, St Paul, OR, USA, +1 503 633 2011
BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour
Tour three of Portland, Oregon’s most historic pubs with BeerQuest’s Haunted Pub Tour to sample some beers and get a dose of the city’s seedy, sometimes spooky history. Tune in for tales of Old Town’s notorious past, complete with gambling, prostitution, drug trades, and Portland’s infamous Shanghai Tunnels. Tours take place all Fourth of July weekend, with various dates and times available.
The Grill Out Chill Out
Feeling like a BBQ but don’t know whose party you can crash? Head to The Grill Out Chill Out at Revolution Hall for some good old-fashioned American hot dogs, bumpin’ jams, stunning city views, and, of course, fireworks! Speaking of which…
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St #110, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 288 3895
Check out some fireworks
Everyone’s favorite Fourth of July activity? Fireworks, of course. And there’s no lack of the spectacular festivity in Portland. The following spots promise a great view and celebratory gatherings: Mt. Tabor, Sellwood Park, International Rose Test Garden, and Oaks Park. Where will you be watching?