Celebrating the Fourth of July wouldn’t be the same without local events and fireworks displays to celebrate the day, and Albany and communities around the mid-Valley have several for families to choose from. Here’s a list of events and fireworks displays you might enjoy:
Grab your friends and family and head over to Timber-Linn Memorial Park for the annual all-you-can-eat Lumberjack Breakfast, hosted by the East Albany Lions Club. This event that has been running for 50+ years. Breakfast will be served every morning 6 to 11 a.m. July 1-4. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. All proceeds go to Lions Sight & Hearing, local charities, and community projects.
June 30-July 1
Sweet Home — Enjoy delicious barbecue, great music and fireworks at the 2023 Icebox Cookoff at Radiator Supply House (RSH), 1460 47th Ave., and sponsored by RSH and Best Damn BBQ Sauce. The barbecue competition takes place both days. Admission is free, but tokens need to be purchased for beer and food. There will be live music each day, and the fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 1.
Detroit – A highlight of the summer at Detroit Lake is its Fireworks Display and weekend
Celebration, held on the closest Saturday to Independence Day. The fireworks start at about 10
p.m. and can be viewed from all over town, from trails on the mountain tops, or from a boat
anchored on the Lake.
Corvallis – Take in a Corvallis Knights baseball game and then enjoy a spectacular fireworks
display afterward at OSU’s Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Game starts at 7:15. Tickets are $18 and
can be purchased here.
Harrisburg — Join in the fun at the biggest event in Harrisburg, the Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration. Watch the parade, listen to music, join in a 5K run and shop at vendor booths, then settle in for one of the largest fireworks displays around.
Yamhill – Saffron Fields Vineyard, 18748 NE Laughlin Rd., holds a festival with live music, food
trucks and fireworks! Tickets are $75 each.
Brownsville – The day begins with breakfast in Pioneer Park and ends with a fireworks display,
put on by the Brownsville Rural Fire District. All are welcome to attend.
Salem – Enjoy a full day of activities at the 4th of July Spectacular at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, including a carnival, food, drinks, a concert by country music band Alabama and fireworks. Tickets are needed for the Alabama concert and VIP party zone.
Keizer – Catch the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball game and stick around for the fireworks at
Volcanoes Stadium, 6700 Field of Dreams Way NE. Game is at 6 p.m., with a fireworks display
right after. Tickets start at $6.
Independence – Catch activities June 2-4 at the Independence Days Celebration: watch a parade that stretches from Monmouth to Independence, then head downtown to Riverview Park for a rubber duck derby and other activities, and a fireworks display.
Photo credit: “4th of July” by Cathy Flowers