Celebrate 4th of July in the mid-valley

 4th of July Cathy Flowers

Fun, Fireworks and Food in Albany and Beyond

Time to unfurl your flags and wave your sparklers — Independence Day is almost here, and mid-valley communities are pulling out all the stops to celebrate America’s birthday. Read all about the fun events and fireworks displays in the area and start planning your holiday now.


Lumberjack Breakfast, 6-11 a.m., July 1-3. Be a part of an Albany tradition when you head to Timber-Linn Park for an all-you-can eat breakfast. Sponsored by the East Albany Lions Club, the Lumberjack Breakfast is a fundraiser for the Lions Club’s charities. The breakfast is in Timber-Linn Park, 900 Price Rd. SE, and cost for the breakfast is $7 adults, $4 children.


Pancake Breakfast, 7-10 a.m. July 4: Support the Brownsville Fire Department at their annual pancake breakfast in Pioneer Park. $8 for adults and $5 for kids will buy you an all-you-can-eat breakfast–the antics of the firefighters serving your breakfast are free of charge.

Barbecue Beer Garden and Live Music, 3-7 p.m. July 4: Continue the celebration with delicious barbecue and live music at by the Main St. band.

Fireworks in the Park, just after dark, July 4: As night falls, spread out a blanket in Pioneer Park and watch the free fireworks show above the banks of the Calapooia River.


Red, White and Blue Riverfront Festival, All day, July 3-4: Celebrate our nation’s birthday in downtown Corvallis with live music, kids’ activities, craft booths, food vendors, and Oregon wine and microbrews.

Firecracker 5000, Join in on the Firecracker 5000, a 5K run/walk to celebrate the 4th of July. Wear red, white and blue to show your patriotic spirit! The Firecracker 5000 happens Monday at 9am and the race starts at the corner of Jackson Avenue and First Street. It’s $10 to join in. Learn more and sign up bgccorvallis.org/


Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, All day, July 4: Fourth of July is the biggest celebration of the year in Harrisburg. Events include face-painting, a chicken barbecue, craft and food vendors, a bounce house for kids, and live music.

Parade, 11 a.m. July 4: This year’s parade theme is “Past & Present.” No registration or entry form is needed to join the parade. Visitors can sit back and enjoy the patriotic spectacle.

Fireworks, after dusk, July 4: Head to Riverfront Park at dusk and enjoy a fireworks show on the banks of the Willamette River.


Star-Spangled Celebration, 6-10:30 p.m., July 4: Held on the grounds of Lebanon’s Cheadle Lake Park, the Star-Spangled Celebration features food, games, live dance music and more. Entry fee is $10 per carload of visitors, or $3 for walk-ins.

Fire in the Sky fireworks show, 10-10:30 p.m., July 4: The “Fire in the Sky” fireworks show caps off the evening at 10 p.m. and is included with admission.

Do you know of a Fourth of July event we didn’t mention? Leave us a comment and let us know!

2 Comments on “Celebrate 4th of July in the mid-valley

  1. WTF..? Why is it that Brownsville, Corvallis, Harrisburg and Lebanon all have their fireworks shows on the 4th and Albany (where I live) had theirs last night..?

    • Hello Bruce,

      The City of Albany has chosen to have a fireworks show on the same night as their River Rhythms concert as a way to combine two popular events into one big evening. Last year, the River Rhythms concert landed on the 4th of July; this year it was the night before. In years past the Albany Jaycees club (an all-volunteer organization) organized the Albany Timber Carnival and a 4th of July fireworks show, but they stopped putting on that event about ten years ago. Perhaps in the future if enough residents of Albany are interested, another group could take on the role of organizing an Albany fireworks show on the 4th of July.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Jennifer Rouse
      marketing specialist, Albany Visitors Association

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