Fireworks, endless barbecue, flag waving and parades. However you decide to get your patriot on this Friday, there’s sure to be an event that’s fit for you. Kick off the day by running from Butte to Butte in a 10K, 5K or 4.5 mile mayor’s walk beginning at 8am (Spencer Butte Trail, 85385 Willamette St, $30).
If you prefer to take more of a spectator’s position, downtown Harrisburg has a flag raising, parade, pancake breakfast, crafts, live music, face painting and more, beginning at 6am (Harrisburg Riverfront & Downtown, call 684-5281, FREE). Breakfast, parade, crafts vendors, food and fireworks will be at Holt Park in Creswell starting at 7am. (Holt Park, Creswell, FREE). Island Park in Springfield plays host to the 11th Annual Light of Liberty Celebration, with live music, magic, food, kids activities & fireworks; gates open at 4pm (Island Park, Spfd., $5 adv., $7 door, ages 5 & under FREE). Visit Dexter for vendors, food, live music & fireworks over the lake beginning at 4pm (Dexter State Recreation Area, 39011 Hwy. 58, Dexter, FREE).
Maude Kerns Art Center presents the 31st Annual Art & the Vineyard Festival at Alton Baker Park, kicking off the three-day festival beginning 11am Friday and featuring artists, wine and music with fireworks Friday night ($15 3-day pass, $7 day ticket, ages 6-11 $1, ages 5 & under FREE). Last but not least, spend the day in Florence’s Old Town, enjoying live music & shopping before viewing fireworks over the Siuslaw River at dusk. — Jackie Varriano