Red berries, white wine and blue skies, summer and the July 4th spirit are definitely alive and well in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. There’s no better place to spend America’s birthday than right here. Here are our top picks for things to do for the Independence Day holiday.
1. Float the McKenzie River
All week, McKenzie River - Cool off in the beautiful clear waters of the McKenzie River. From white water rafting to easy floats, enjoy the natural beauty of the Cascades. Paddle kayaks or take a jet boat tour too! On June 30, enjoy festivities at the Tokatee Golf Club Celebration.
2. Eugene Pro Rodeo & Fireworks
July 1 - 4, Oregon Horse Center, Eugene - The Eugene Pro Rodeo promises amazing feats of daring and skill. Themed nights, vendors and food. The largest fireworks show in Lane County on July 4. Yeehaw!
The Eugene Pro Rodeo is on for the Fourth of July weekend! Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in Roughstock, bareback riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and roping events. There will be rodeo clowns, carnival food and beer. Enjoy bar service…
3. Eugene Emerald’s Baseball Game & Fireworks
July 4, PK Park, Eugene - Celebrate Independence Day with Sluggo and his crew. What is more American than a baseball game and a hot dog? Fantastic fireworks follow the Eugene Emeralds v. the TriCity Dust Devils showdown.
4. Creswell Parade & Fireworks
July 4, Creswell - Small towns always seem to put on the best parades. This is definitely the case with the Creswell July 4th Celebration. It’s one of the biggest parades in the state, full of heart, spirit and fun. And starting with a pancake breakfast, the fun stretches out the whole day with festivities all around town.
5. The Butte to Butte
July 4, Eugene - A Eugene tradition — running! The Oregon Track Club hosts a spectacular run between our two largest peaks. Be part of the Rexius OTC Butte to Butte, an event beloved by TrackTown USA. The 10K road race starts at the base of Spencer Butte in South Eugene, winds through the streets of downtown Eugene and ends at the base of Skinner Butte. 10K too far? Sign up for the 5K run or 4.5 mile walk.
6. "Light of Liberty" Celebration & Fireworks
July 4, Island Park, Springfield - Springfield's "Light of Liberty" event is all about family entertainment with live musical entertainment, jugglers, food and fun in the park. It all concludes with a fabulous fireworks show to the heart of Springfield. Come early, as this is popular event.
7. Cottage Grove Speedway & Fireworks
July 4, Cottage Grove - Watch the dirt fly as drivers from across the region go all out at the Cottage Grove Speedway. At the end of this romping good time enjoy a booming fireworks show. You ready to roar?
8. Historic Old Town Florence Fireworks
July 4, Oregon Coast - Watch traditional fireworks over the Siuslaw River, launched from a barge at the east end of town. Enjoy the festivities of a historic waterfront town with kites, taffy and clam chowder. The day starts with a patriotic bicycle parade down Bay Street.