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Top 10 Ways to Spend July 4th in Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Published: July 02, 2013

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 in Real Oregon.The-4th-From-The-Bridge-by-Here are our top 10 picks for things to do for the holiday:

  1. Fireworks at Eugene Emerald’s Game (July 3, PK Park, Eugene) Celebrate Independence Day a day early with Sluggo and his crew. Fireworks follow the Em’s v. Hops showdown that also includes a glow stick giveaway and free fixens for the kids. Everyone under 12 gets a free hotdog, soda and apple.
  2. Creswell Parade (July 4, Creswell)4th-of-July-Creswell-by-Jim The tiny 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.
  3. Fourth of July Float & Rafting Trips (July 4, McKenzie River) Spend your fourth floating or rafting the wild McKenzie River. A. Helfrich Outfitters and TnT Whitewater Rafting are offering big discounts for Independence Day trips.
  4. 40th Annual Aquafina Butte to Butte (July 4, Eugene) 2013 marks a major milestone for this Eugene tradition, which means this year’s Butte to Butte will be bigger, better and rowdier than ever with more prizes, parties, runners, walkers and spectators than this city’s ever seen. 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.
  5. Art and the Vineyard & Freedom Festival Fireworks (July 4-6, Alton Baker Park, Eugene) Sip local wines as you meander through galleries and exhibits nestled along the Willamette River. Art and the Vineyard showcases work from hundreds of artists from all over the Northwest. Paintings, sculptures, lawn art and jewelry of the utmost quality make this a must-do event for art aficionados. Stay for an amazing fireworks display over the river.
  6. 4th of July "Light of Liberty" Celebration (July 4, Island Park, Springfield) The 10th Annual Light of Liberty Celebration at Island Park brings live music, food and, of course, a fabulous fireworks show to the heart of Springfield.
  7. 22nd Annual Eugene Pro Rodeo (July 4-6, Oregon Horse Center, Eugene) Fireworks, cowboys and motorcycles. It doesn’t get much more Americana than a trip to the rodeo. Eugene’s famous Pro Rodeo is back for an unprecedented 22nd year. Yeehaw!Eugene-Pro-Rodeo-Bull-by-Je
  8. 4th of July at Dexter Lake (July 4, Dexter Lake) A holiday tradition at Dexter Lake, this fireworks, food and fun celebration raises money for the local volunteer firefighters.
  9. Independence Day Celebration on the Oregon Coast (July 4, Florence)July 4 by Curt Peters sm 2006 Take your patriotism to the beach and celebrate Lady Liberty overlooking the Siuslaw River. Test your tummy with a watermelon or pie eating contest. Or, just watch others dig in.
  10. Cascadia Music Festival (July 5, Emerald Meadows, Eugene) Carry the Independence Day spirit into the weekend with live music at Eugene’s newest concert venue. The inaugural Cascadia Music Festival brings Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Railroad Earth the Tony Furtado Band and others to this woodland oasis. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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