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Independence Days are Back!

We know the day well. The faint smell of smoke, barbeques, and sunscreen accompanied by the sounds of music, laughter, and fireworks surround the day. Every year we look forward to this holiday as sort of a kick-off to the fun summer memories ahead. Yet, Independence Day in Independence, Oregon is a whole other story – one you’re about to be a part of.

Families from all over Oregon and beyond come to Independence expecting an amazing show – and they sure get one. Independence Days are so popular that typically 10,000 – 20,000 people gather to dance to live music, eat tons of elephant ears, and celebrate the patriotic day. An absolutely awe-inspiring display of fireworks light up the sky over the Willamette River. Crowds “ooo” and “awe” as the fiery colors burst above them. So, you want in on the action? Purchase a wristband prior to the big days so you can join in on all the fun in Riverview Park.

This year, following the Governor’s guidelines, the city is putting on a limited event selling only 8,000 wristbands for $2. You must have a wristband to enter the park. See all the details here. Despite the smaller crowds, the days will still be filled with fun for all. We’re so excited to come together after the year we’ve all had. Together we united, and lifted each other up only fueling the flame of the American spirit.

Party in the USA

Independence loves Independence Day – and it shows. Festivities start on July 3rd. Locals affectionately call this day “Hometown Day” because of the crowd of Independence residents it draws. The sense community is thick in the air and this year we expect nothing less. The park begins to welcome guests in at 4PM where they’ll be greeted with amazing live music. People start to gather at the Riverfront in anticipation for the Duck Derby where rubber duckies are purchased in advance for $5, and then they’re thrown from the Independence Bridge making their way to the shore of Riverview Park. The owner of the duck who gets their first wins all the money! These excited cheers carry into the night filled with multiple bands, games, and food. The flag that flies over the park all day is retired at 9:45PM by Team Rubicon who then presents it to one of our own local veterans. Finally, the fireworks ignite in the sky. As the night draws to and end, the air is still buzzing with excitement for the next day.

The 4th begins with chairs lining the streets days before in preparation of the Independence Day Parade. Floats and cars decked out in red, white, and blue stroll down the road from Western Oregon University to Independence City Hall at 12PM. Similar to the day prior, Riverview Park opens at 4M for people to pick their spot in the park. New bands and performances start filling the amphitheater and lines start forming at the vendor’s booths. A popular go to is Pinky’s where people stack up plates filled with elephant ears. Just like the 3rd, the flag is retired at 9:45PM and fireworks cap the night. While people gather their belongings and throw away any trash you can feel the bliss like heat off the pavement. Even though there won’t be any fireworks until next year, the summer days ahead are filled with dynamite possibilities.

Dynamite Specials

Riverview Park isn’t the only place to celebrate. Businesses all over Independence get in the star-spangled spirit leading up to Independence Days. Jubilee pulls our the red, white, and blue frosting and sprinkles. They even have prepared some champagne Jello shots and kid-friendly Jello shots too.  Independent Ice Cream celebrates National Ice Cream Month, and Chase Bar and Grill even has a dunk tank! Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the park so pack those coolers filled with goodies from these Independent restaurants. If you don’t want to go into the park the Tap Station has table rentals (with drinks) and Independence Hotel has (quite literally) a front row view of the fireworks. These businesses and more are ready to party with you so be sure to check them out!

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