Kid-Friendly Fourth of July Staycation (Portland Style)

I moved to Portland in late June of 2014, and I didn’t know even one person here beyond my husband and two preschoolers. The Fourth of July snuck up on me, and I was frantically scrambling for something fun to do, since we definitely weren’t getting invited to any barbecues.

Luckily, Portland doesn’t disappoint. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this summer holiday, whether you have loads of friends or are flying solo. That year we celebrated at Oaks Park, and we’ve done something new every year since. There are dozens of ways to celebrate, big and small!

And if you just want to get cozy on your couch and watch Hamilton, we say that definitely counts, too.

Courtesy of Waterfront Blues Festival

Independence Day Events:

4th of July Oak Hills

Get ready to celebrate with us! A full day of activities, including Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Bike & Main Parade, BBQ Lunch, Big Kahuna and MORE. Fireworks are at 10 pm. See the full schedule here

$5

Canby Independence Day Celebration

Downtown Canby 232 NW 1st Ave, Canby, OR, United States

The City of Canby hosts its annual Canby Independence Day Celebration in downtown. The event features a street fair with food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts exhibitors, and local nonprofits. Live music fills Wait Park as children take park in free children's activities. A car show and parade offer fun for all! View the […]

Free

Sandy Fireworks 2024

Sandy High School 37400 Bell St., Sandy, OR

Bring the whole family to Sandy High School on Thursday, July 4th, for a spectacular fireworks show, sponsored by Clackamas County Bank and the City of Sandy! Fireworks begin at dusk. A portion of Bell Street will be closed prior to the fireworks display, and will remain closed for approximately 10 minutes after the display […]

Free

Ridgefield 4th of July Celebration

Downtown Ridgefield

For 100+ years this growing community has celebrated our nation's independence in a big way. The celebration has grown into a festival where it's estimated around 5,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. The all-volunteer festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation's birthday […]

Free

Hillsboro Rotary 4th of July Parade

Downtown Hillsboro

Enjoy the celebration of Independence Day AND more than 100 years of the Hillsboro Rotary! The Hillsboro Rotary will host the 2024 4th of July Parade, with support from the City of Hillsboro, starting at 10 am. See the parade route map on the Hillsboro Rotary website (based on 2022) and pick your spot along the streets of […]

Free

Lake Oswego 2024 Star Spangled Parade & Celebration

Millennium Plaza Park

Parade Staging at 8:30am, Parade begins at 10am Celebration continues until 1pm at Millennium Plaza Park This 4th of July don your patriotic colors, decorate your wagons and join friends and neighbors for the annual Star Spangled Parade. Delight in festive floats, musical entertainment, vibrant vehicles and costumed canines as they march down A Avenue […]

Free

St. Paul Rodeo Parade

This is a fun and colorful community parade with entries from all over the North Willamette Valley. Come out early to stake out your spot on the parade route and enjoy Americana at its best on this very special, patriotic holiday. Parade starts at the high school.

Free

Beaverton 4th of July Celebration and Concert at Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

Join us at Veterans Memorial Park for a 4th of July celebration and concert in the park! Bring your family, grab lawn chairs or blankets, and meet your neighbors and friends for a summer afternoon of fun and music. There will be family-friendly activities for all to enjoy, from inflatables to yard games to face […]

Free

Oak’s Park 4th of July Celebration

Oaks Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR, United States

Celebrate the U.S.A. with a full day of rides, first-come, first-served access to all picnic areas, and fireworks at dusk! Rides operate from noon to midnight and are included with event admission! Admission: $38 Tickets are only available online; no onsite sales. Everyone ages 3 and older must have a ticket to enter the park including […]

Free – $38
Event Series Waterfront Blues Festival

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park 750 SW FRONT Ave., Portland, OR, United States

The Waterfront Blues Festival takes place at the gorgeous Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and features four stages among eight acres of the park. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7, 2024 to come relax on the banks of the Willamette River and enjoy the music with us! Kids 12 and under […]

Free – $45

Happy Valley 4th of July Family Festival

Happy Valley Park 13770 SE Ridgecresst Rd., Happy Valley, OR

The Happy Valley 4th of July Family Festival is set to make a celebratory return and that means it’s time to get ready for a patriotic experience like no other. The day-long festival begins in the morning with a trek hosted by the Happy Valley Hikers, followed by a community parade comprised of local businesses, […]

Free

Oregon State Fair Expo Center 4th of July Spectacular

Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR

Back with a Bang!  The Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center is proud to announce the return of the 4th of July Spectacular in conjunction with the City of Salem. Food, Rides, Music, and an Epic Fireworks Display! Thursday, July 4, 2024, 3 pm to 11 pm Admission is FREE Parking is $10 per vehicle

Free

Tigard 4th of July Celebration and Drone Light Show

Tigard High School

A family event featuring live music, kids’ games, face painting, balloon animals, police and fire vehicles. No pets, barbeques, alcohol, personal fireworks or smoking allowed on school grounds. As part of the 4th of July festivities, the Tualatin Valley Community Band performs. After an evening full of fun and games, you’ll be treated to Tigard’s first-ever […]

Free

Wilsonville Fourth of July Laser Light Show

Town Center Park in Wilsonville 29600 SW Park Place, Wilsonville, OR

JOIN US FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL LASER LIGHT SHOW IN WILSONVILLE! THE SHOW WILL START AT DUSK. BRING YOUR OWN BLANKETS AND LAWN CHAIRS!   NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! Lawn opens at 9 pm, show starts at 10 pm.

Free

Fireworks on the Waterfront

Tom McCall Waterfront Park 750 SW FRONT Ave., Portland, OR, United States

Celebrate the Fourth of July with us and downtown Portland’s only large-scale fireworks display! We’re thrilled to return to our annual tradition of a sensational fireworks display over the mighty waters of the Willamette River. Set to a soundtrack of classic blues, soul and funk of the Waterfront Blues Festival this is a Fourth of […]

Free

Hood River Fireworks

Hood River Event Site Portway Avenue, Hood River, OR

Spectators can park and view the fireworks display at the Hood River Event Site. Visit one of the many popular restaurants or breweries while you wait for the show, or take the kids to the Waterfront Park! Just make sure you have a clear line of sight to view the show! Admission to watch is free, but […]

Free
Event Series Waterfront Blues Festival

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park 750 SW FRONT Ave., Portland, OR, United States

The Waterfront Blues Festival takes place at the gorgeous Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and features four stages among eight acres of the park. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7, 2024 to come relax on the banks of the Willamette River and enjoy the music with us! Kids 12 and under […]

Free – $45

Fourth of July Celebration at Bob’s Red MIll

Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store 5000 SE International Way, Milwaukie, OR, United States

It's time again for our Fourth of July Celebration at the Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store! Join us for a BBQ with $7 burgers, $1 shaved ice, and popcorn. Enjoy your lunch while listening to fantastic live music by Hans & the Wanted, then be sure to check out the games & prizes (including […]

Free

Summer Fest Vancouver Picnic in the Park

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

The Fort Vancouver National Site will be filled with celebration and fun with a full day of activities for families and people of all ages. Free and open to all, Picnic in the Park will feature two stages with live music and entertainment, games on the lawn, magicians, face painting and fun for the whole […]

Free
Event Series Waterfront Blues Festival

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park 750 SW FRONT Ave., Portland, OR, United States

The Waterfront Blues Festival takes place at the gorgeous Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and features four stages among eight acres of the park. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7, 2024 to come relax on the banks of the Willamette River and enjoy the music with us! Kids 12 and under […]

Free – $45
Event Series Waterfront Blues Festival

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park 750 SW FRONT Ave., Portland, OR, United States

The Waterfront Blues Festival takes place at the gorgeous Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and features four stages among eight acres of the park. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7, 2024 to come relax on the banks of the Willamette River and enjoy the music with us! Kids 12 and under […]

Free – $45

More Ideas for Fun:

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