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.

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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 28, enjoy festivities at the Tokatee Golf Club Celebration.

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A group of people paddle on a white water raft on the McKenzie River

Rafting the McKenzie River

2. Eugene Pro Rodeo & Fireworks

July 3 - 6, 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!

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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. Hillsboro showdown.

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Eugene Ems Baseball - Red White & Boom! Jul 04

Taking on Hillsboro, this very special evening of baseball concludes with a fireworks show! The Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play six games against the Hillsboro Hops. Watch the action unfold at beautiful PK Park! The Ems have been a beloved local team since…

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.

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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.

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Butte to Butte by Taj Morgan
: Taj Morgan
Rexius OTC Butte to Butte Jul 04

The People's Race is turning 50! The Rexius OTC Butte to Butte event includes a 10K Run, 5K Run/ Walk and 4 Mile Mayor's Walk. Courses take runners and walkers through the historic streets of Eugene, Oregon. Enjoy a unique road race, rooted in tradition, with a fun finish line…

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.

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Coloring at Island Park, Springfield by David Putzier

Coloring at Island Park, Springfield

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?

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Cottage Grove Speedway

Cottage Grove Speedway

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.

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Family Enjoying Historic Old Town Florence's boardwalk.

Historic Old Town Florence boardwalk

Florence Old-Fashioned 4th of July Fireworks Jul 04

Florence's annual Independence Day Celebration is back for another year of explosive fun watching fireworks erupt over the Siuslaw River. The 30-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza will be launched from a barge in the river at the east end of the Port of Siuslaw Campground and can be…