A classic car show, ventriloquist and a fireworks show are just some of the festivities planned for the Hermiston Fourth of July Stars & Stripes celebration next week at Butte Park.
The free events kick off at noon July 4 with a classic car show as well as family competitions for tug-of-war, a sponge relay and a dizzy bat race. Games such as ladder ball, horse shoes, bean bag toss as well as three bounce houses will also be available.
Bands and other acts will perform at Butte Park between 1 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., including classic rock band Blue Tattoo and the Jamie Nasario band.
Vendors will sell kettle corn, shaved ice, sandwiches, tacos and doughnuts, as well as crafts and jewelry.
The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. from the top of the Butte.
The Stars & Stripes pool party with a barbecue-style dinner and belly flop contest will also be available at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center. Admission for youth 16 and under is $8 or $12 for adults. Families can watch the fireworks display from the pool area.
The events are sponsored by the Hermiston Parks Department.
Also coming up, free music at Butte Park starts up Fridays in July. Performances are planned for 7 p.m. July 13, 20 and 27. In August, the city will also break out the big screen starting Friday Aug. 3 with the movie, The Muppets. Movies will continue Fridays in August at dusk. Showings include The Adventures of Tin Tin on Aug. 10, Captain America The First Avenger on Aug. 17 and Zookeeper on Aug. 24.