Aaahh, the Fourth of July — the perfect time to enjoy summer weather, eat good food, drink some beer, spend time with family and friends, and celebrate our nation’s independence. While many of our city’s anticipated annual events remain on hold for 2021, there are still a handful of events happening this Fourth of July in Portland and surrounding areas!
Mark your calendars for these festive, patriotic events, including rodeos, 5Ks, music festivals, and of course, several fireworks shows.
UPDATE: As of June 29, all fireworks have been banned in the city of Portland and Clark County, Washington in the wake of the region’s unprecedented heat wave. Click here for more information.
St. Paul Rodeo | St. Paul
June 30–July 4, 2021 | St. Paul Rodeo Stadium, St. Paul
The St. Paul Rodeo will return for its 85th year, offering five days of top rodeo action, family fun and patriotism. In fact, you could say this ain’t their first rodeo! The festivities kick off on June 30 with slack-timed events, carnival rides, food vendors and fireworks, which fill the sky each evening. Don’t miss Patriot Night on July 4, an evening dedicated to those who serve our nation. Click here for the full event schedule for the St. Paul Rodeo and here to purchase your tickets!
Eugene Pro Rodeo | Eugene
July 2–4, 2021 | Oregon Horse Center, Eugene
Make your way down to Eugene for three days of excitement at the Eugene Pro Rodeo, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021! This year, they are only offering general admission tickets for each evening, including Kids Night on July 2, Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night on July 3, and American Celebration Night on July 4. Learn more about each day and purchase your tickets here!
Waterfront Blues Festival Upriver 2021 | Portland
The city’s most beloved summer festival is back — with a unique COVID-friendly twist. The Waterfront Blues Festival is hosting an unforgettable, in-person, socially distanced “Upriver” event like no other. Enjoy four days of music and fun at The Lot at Zidell Yards, a brand new outdoor performance venue located in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists. And continuing with the legacy of giving back, the Waterfront Blues Festival will benefit Meals on Wheels People and The Jeremy Wilson Foundation. Purchase your tickets by the pod (2, 4 or 6-person pods) instead of individual tickets!
Hood to Coast Red, White & Blues | West Linn
July 3, 2021 | Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn
On July 3, runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the Hood to Coast Red, White & Blues Half Marathon, 10K or 5K in West Linn. The courses are described as beautiful, peaceful and fast, traveling along tree-lined country roads with scenic views of the Tualatin River. After running or walking, celebrate with a patriotic party at the finish line, featuring live blues music, beer, wine, food vendors and a hot dog eating contest! Click here for more details and to register.
Migration Brewing Beer Run | Portland
July 3, 2021 | Migration Brewing on Williams, Portland
Photo Courtesy of Migration Brewing
Head to Migration Brewing for a combination of two of our favorite summertime activities — running and drinking beer! The Migration Brewing Beer Run features a 5K fun run/walk course that starts and ends at the new taproom on Williams, where you can enjoy a free post-race beer. Plus, receive your choice of a collector’s pint glass or a seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series. 10% of the event’s proceeds will help support their nonprofit partners, the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and the Oregon Food Bank. Register for the Migration Brewing Beer Run here!
Independence Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K | St. Paul
July 4, 2021 | Champoeg State Park, St. Paul
The Independence Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K in St. Paul is back for an in-person event for 2021! Choose from three distances, including a half marathon, 10K or 5K, on courses that run on paved bike paths and park roads at the beautiful Champoeg State Park. This is the perfect setting to get some exercise, eat great food, drink amazing beer, listen to some music, and celebrate our nation’s independence! Register here.
Portland Dinner Cruises | Portland
July 4, 2021 | Portland Spirit Cruises & Events, Portland
Photo Courtesy of Portland Spirit Cruises & Events
Hop on board the Portland Spirit for a dinner cruise on the river, complete with rock and roll music and views of all your favorite Portland landmarks. For $105-130 per person, you’ll get a 2.5-hour cruise, a delicious three-course dinner, a private candlelit table, live piano music, and a historical narration available on outer decks. Boarding takes place at 7 p.m., the cruise takes off at 7:30 p.m., and the ship remains dockside from 10–10:30 p.m. Get your tickets here! NOTE: There is no Portland public fireworks displays for 2021.
Fireworks Show in Astoria | Astoria
July 4, 2021 | Downtown Astoria
The Oregon Coast is one of the best destinations for a summer weekend vacation. If you’re spending the holiday weekend in Cannon Beach or Seaside, make your way north to Astoria for the city’s spectacular fireworks show. Last year, a number of local businesses came together to create a secret unannounced show, in order to limit larger crowds coming in from other areas — and the community loved it! The 2021 show will be larger and higher than ever before, featuring exciting patriotic music synced to the fireworks. The fireworks will be shot from a barge in the river near downtown Astoria to provide a multitude of great vantage points for spectators.
Fireworks in Hood River | Hood River
July 4, 2021 | Downtown Hood River
Hood River residents look forward to the fireworks display put on by volunteers of the Hood River Eye Opener Lions Club each Fourth of July. In fact, this show is one of just three in the state that is completely run by volunteers, which saves them about $35,000 per year! Your donation and purchase at their fireworks stand help support this show that lights up the sky above the river each Fourth of July.
Go to a Farmers’ Market | Various Locations
July 4, 2021 | Various Locations
Since the Fourth falls on a Sunday, there are several farmers’ markets you can visit in the area! Pick up some fresh, locally grown produce for your backyard BBQ, and enjoy live music and food truck food all the while. Click here for a list of the many farmers’ markets happening on Sundays in and around Portland!
Happy Fourth of July!
What Portland area events are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below.