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Things to do in Portland OR on Independence Day weekend

It is almost the Fourth of July and in spite of this year’s rather paltry presidential options, we Americans will again feel compelled to break out the grills, six packs and bomb pops and watch bombs bursting in air to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Things to do in Portland OR on Independence Day weekend

The city of Portland will celebrate the holiday with a fireworks display on the waterfront, as well as one at Oaks Park. People around town, will certainly buy their own fireworks and risk their eyeballs and limbs in the usual drunken display of over confidence. Dogs around America will hide underneath furniture and think the world is coming to an end.

If you want to celebrate the birth of our nation in quiet way, there are several events in town that do not involve a potential trip to the emergency room. The weekend offers everything from flower fests, to comic expos to concerts.

Portland Oregon Independence Day

Lavender Daze Festival

Hood River Farms

Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


No plant is quite as pleasingly pungent as lavender. The purple flower is considered everything from a natural relaxant, to an aphrodisiac, to an anti-Inflammatory. This coming weekend its beauty and benefits will be celebrated in an annual festival at Hood River Farms.

The event will feature music, arts and crafts and even a lady bug release party for the kids. Lady bugs are very beneficial to many flowers and plants.


Portland DoubleTree Hotel

Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4

So, maybe your idea of a fun weekend involves books and not bombs. Perhaps you prefer discussions of deep philosophical questions, or perhaps you are embarrassed of the way your legs look in those American flag shorts that fit so well last year and you need a place to hide out. Whatever the case may be, you may want to take advantage of this science fiction lover’s convention.

Don’t Miss Independence Day Weekend In Portland!

The weekend, which is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, will feature both costume contest and discussion panels honoring various sci-fi writers and characters. Even if you are not a fan of sci-fi, these events can be a great place to people watch. You’ll see everything from supermodel superheroes tolerating the unrequitable leers of goony groupies to, furry speed dating, to unique classes in such things as choosing the perfect character for your cosplay.


Concerts at the Zoo

Concerts at the Zoo

Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd

If you think of Portland as a journey back to the 90’s, Oregon Zoo’s summer concert line up will not disappoint you. Two of the nineties biggest country stars will grace Portland with their presents on Independence Day weekend.

On Saturday, country superstar K.D. Lang will perform with Neko Case of The New Pornographers and Laura Veirs. Ms. Lang is became famous for her mezzo soprano voice, her original song, Constant Craving and her rendition of Roy Orbison’s, Crying. The ladies will sing songs from their latest album.

The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $43.50 to $73.50.

On Sunday, Lyle Lovett will take the stage. The talented singer is as well known for his music as for the many movies in which he has acted. His unique looks made him a favorite of the late director Robert Altman.

Mr. Lovett’s song, That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas and his adaptation of the Grateful Dead’s, Friend of the Devil made him a hit with both fans of country and main stream music. In spite of his being the winner of multiple Grammy’s, he is probably best known for being the former, Mr. Julia Roberts.

The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and ticket prices range from $39.50 to $99.50.

Eliza Gale – Contributor

Eliza Gale - ContributorEliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for and