Fireworks, parades and 4th of July celebrations in the Salem area



Independence Days July 2-4. Daily activities include food, vendors, live music and children’s activities at Riverview Park, 50 C St. Fireworks take place at 10 p.m. on July 2 and 4.

Other 4th of July activities include a min marathon, children’s parade and grand parade organized in coordination with Monmouth.

The mini-marathon starts at 11am from Monmouth Town Hall to Independence Town Hall. The children’s mini-parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will run from Jackson Street and Monmouth Avenue to Knox Street. The Rotary-sponsored Grande Parade will follow at noon and will run from Monmouth Avenue at Main Street to Riverview Park in Independence.

Monmouth will host a 4th of July festival in the main street park. It will include music, dance, theatre, food, a car show and craft vendors.

Oregon law prohibits the use of fireworks that fly through the air, explode, or behave in an uncontrolled and unpredictable manner without permission.  According to the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, the public can use Oregon consumer-legal fireworks, also known as retail fireworks.

Mount Angel

4th of July activities at Mt. Angel will begin at 11 a.m. with a parade beginning the day at 11 a.m., beginning at John F. Kennedy High School on E Marquam Street, then winding through neighborhoods from Birch Street to Taylor Street to Garfield Street and ending at Weingarten. Master of Ceremonies Norm Zollner will introduce the nominations and announce the float winners.

A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. on the athletic fields between Mt. Angel Middle School and JFK High School. The Marion County Citizen band will begin performing around 8:30 p.m., before the fireworks where you can listen to the music of the Marion County Citizen band while waiting for the magnificent fireworks display. The Knights of Columbus of Mt. Angel will sell strawberries, ice cream and sausages, also before the fireworks, at the concession stand located between the two schools.


City of Salem: The city won’t hold fireworks show this year.

Sunnyslope Neighborhood Family Parade: The parade will take place at 4 p.m. on July 2. It starts at Sunnyslope City Park, 1800 Matthew’s St. S, and ends at the cul-de-sac of Jordan Drive S with an ice cream social and live music. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes, scooters, carts, strollers and bring their dogs.

West Meadows Estates Parade: West Meadows Estates holds its parade at 9 a.m. on July 4. The parade will start at Islander Avenue and end at Horse Clover. Children, pets and friends are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes, carts and scooters.

St. Paul

The St. Paul Rodeo will host a parade on July 4 at 10 a.m. It starts at High School, 20449 Main St. NE.

Fireworks also take place around 10 p.m. every night from June 30 through July 4 at the Malo Ave Arena. NE after the rodeo. Tickets are required for the rodeo show, and some days are already sold out.


Stayton’s 4th of July celebration returns for the first time since 2019.

The parade grand marshal will be retired Major General Julie Bentz.

A 1982 Regis graduate and 1986 Oregon State graduate, Bentz grew up on her family’s ranch between Scio and Jordan, where she now lives.

Maj. Gen. Julie Bentz, Deputy Director, Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Agency.

The event begins with breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Stayton Community Center, 400 W. Virginia St. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, ham, juice and coffee prepared by Stayton firefighters . The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. Proceeds will go to the Stayton High School Class of 2023 Graduation Party.

The event continues with a fun run and walk at 9 am at the Stayton Community Center parking lot. Advance registration is $10 at Race day registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and will cost $15.

There will be a flyover by Oregon Air National Guard F-15s, although the time is yet to be confirmed.

The parade will take place from 4 p.m. It begins on First Avenue at the intersection of Regis Street and heads south to Washington Street. The parade will go west on Washington Street to Gardner Avenue. It will go north on Gardner Avenue and end at the intersection with Regis Street. There will be an announcer’s booth on First Avenue near Stayton Elementary School.


Turner’s Independence Day celebration will take place on July 3 and 4.

July 3 events begin at 8 a.m. A Stars and Stripes cruise begins at 9 a.m. and a parade of rides begins at 2 p.m. July 4 events include a special Oregon National Guard event at 11:45 a.m. with a F-15 jet flyover, the Turn-n-Paddle House Raft Race at noon, radio-controlled boat demonstration at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

The Turn-n-Paddle Raft Race at Turner Lake, 6801 Turner Road SE, is a “build your own”, “anything that floats” raft competition.

Rafts should be constructed from non-toxic waste such as planks, barrels, old inner tubes, etc. and must not exceed 10 feet long, 10 feet wide and 10 feet high. Rafts cannot be based on a canoe or boat hull, cannot be powered by electric or gasoline outboard motors, and paddles must be homemade. Participants must be at least 7 years old.

Teams must register before 9:30 am. There are categories for children and adults. for more information contact Turn and Paddle on FacebookInstagram or call 503-930-5405.

Wood stove

Woodburn Recreation and Parks will host an evening of games, food and live music on July 4 at Centennial Park, 900 Parr Road NE.

Games and food from local vendors will be available around 5 p.m. for games and food from local vendors. ACT 2 Acoustic Duo will start playing at 6 p.m., followed by Jacob Westfall at 8:30 p.m.

The evening will end with a fireworks display.


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