It's easy to get patriotic on the Fourth of July when you have razzle-dazzle, blastacular fireworks overhead—but what will you do while waiting for night to fall? Hmmmm?
Chili Feed and Karaoke
Get ready for some fireworks of the gastronomical variety while you're consuming mass quantities of chili, cornbread, root beer floats, and homemade apple pie.
Barberton Grange, 9400 NE 72nd, Vancouver, Sat July 1, 5-10 pm, $6.50, $2 for karaoke only
Waterfront Blues Festival
It's an all-out hootenanny with the five-day Waterfront Blues Festival, culminating in a display of fireworks over the Willamette. See local favorites like Hillstomp, Liv Warfield, MarchFourth Marching Band, plus the Greyboy Allstars and Saturday's Ray Charles tribute, and so much more.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Fri June 30-Tues July 4, noon-late, $8 plus two cans of food, hit waterfrontbluesfest.com
Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo
Yippee-kai-yay, motherfucker—it's rodeo time! Start the day off with a giant street parade at 10 am, then hit the chicken BBQ at noon, then get your dusty ass down to the rodeo at 1:30 pm (or stick around for the 8 pm one). There'll be live music and a family dance afterward, with fireworks blasting overhead.
Molalla Rodeo Arena, Molalla, OR, Tues July 4, 1:30 & 8 pm, $6 daytime rodeo, $12-16 evening rodeo, hit molallabuckeroo.com for info
St. Paul Rodeo
Go check out the thang that St. Paul's been doing for 71 years—a bucking, barrel-racing good time. There's a parade, carnival, and art show prior to the rodeo, and fireworks will follow the festivities, natch.
St. Paul Rodeo, 20025 4th NE, St. Paul, OR, Tues July 4, 1:30 & 7:30 pm, $10-16 matinee rodeo, $12-16 evening rodeo, hit stpaulrodeo.com
Two-for-one entertainment with the Portland Beavers and fireworks following the game at PGE Park. There're also $1 tacos! PGE Park, 1844 SW Morrison, Tues July 4, game 7:05 pm, $8-13
Check out the "biggest fireworks display west of the Mississippi." Fort Vancouver, 612 E Reserve, Vancouver, WA, Tues July 4, around 9:30 pm, FREE
Corn dogs, burgers, and cotton candy a'plenty at the historic amusement park's fireworks display. Oaks Park, 1 SE Spokane, Tues July 4, 10 am-midnight, $2-3 COURTNEY FERGUSON