Parades, park activities and fireworks shows are planned in area towns to help celebrate Thursday’s Fourth of July holiday. Many events feature full day festivals. In addition, the Walla Walla Veterans Administration Medical Center is offering a distraction to noisy fireworks with a free movie night.
Unless otherwise noted, events are Thursday, July 4 with most offering free admission with some activities charging a fee. Area Independence Day events include:
Stars & Stripes Fourth of July
•Butte Park, 1245 N.W. Seventh St.
Free admission. Games, bounce houses, vendors, face painting (4-8 p.m.) food booths, entertainment and live music with The Shades (4-10 p.m.). Hailing from the Tri-Cities, the band performs classic rock and pop. Capping off the day, a fireworks show will be shot off at dusk from the Hermiston Butte. (541-667-5018)
Stars & Stripes Pool Party
•Hermiston Family Aquatic Center
$16/ages 15-and-older; $12/ages 2-14; free/ages 0-2. Pool party, barbecue (catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit), live music, games and a front row seat for fireworks display. With limited tickets, people must purchase tickets in advance.
Steak Feed Fundraiser
•Wednesday; 6-9 p.m.
$20/steak, $10/hamburger. Buy tickets at Main Street Market. Features live music with The Hired Guns and no-host beverages from Hermiston Brewing Co.
Stanfield Fourth of July
•7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission. A firemen’s breakfast (7-9:30 a.m., Stanfield Community Center) gets things sizzling, followed by a parade (8 a.m., register; 9 a.m., judging; 10 a.m., start). Grand marshal is Michael Kinlock, who recently retired as pastor of Crossroads Community Church. Park activities include a 3-on-3 tournament, pie baking contest (turn by 11 a.m.), In the Cash Vault, Game On (featuring Toxic Meltdown, archery tag, game trailer, water slide, obstacle course and more) vendors, duck race (1 p.m.) and raffle drawings (2 p.m.). Park activities end at 3 p.m., but fireworks will be shot off at dusk.
•7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
•Boardman Marina Park
Free admission. Boy Scout breakfast (7-10 a.m.), Color Fun Run (7:30 a.m., registration; 8 a.m., run at Riverside High School), parade (9:30 a.m., lineup on NE. Front St.; 10 a.m., judging; 11 a.m., start), youth soccer & horseshoes tournaments (1 p.m.), 3-on-3 basketball (1 p.m., recreation center), food/craft vendors and kids games (1-6 p.m.), DJ Kora (1-4 p.m.), live music with Cruise Control (6:30-9:30 p.m.) and fireworks at dusk (541-481-3014).
Ione’s Fourth of July Celebration
•7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
•Ione City Park
Free admission. A full day of park activities, followed by regional entertainment in the afternoon/evening. Luke Basile & Jamie Nasario (2-3:30 p.m.), who frequently perform together, serve up Nasario’s sultry and soul-driven sound and Basile’s guitar prowess. Cory Peterson Band (4:30-6 p.m.) features a handful of Eastern Oregon guys who play country favorites. The Sceptre Brothers (6:30 p.m.), a four-piece band out of La Grande, re-imagines ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll. And Stompin’ Ground (8:30 p.m.), a high-energy country rock band from the Tri-Cities will usher in the fireworks at dusk.
Fireworks Free Fourth
•Walla Walla VA Theater Bldg, 77 Wainwright Drive
Free. Enjoy movies, snacks and drinks. (509-386-1117, email@example.com)