July 4: Where to Watch Fireworks on July Fourth in Portland | Many Suggestions


2012 Update: Portland July 4th Fireworks Pictures & 2012 Info: Celebrations, Where To Watch, Fort Vancouver, Oregon Events, Parades


Last year we asked our friends on twitter and Facebook where they like to go to watch fireworks. That post and answers are reproduced below. The picture is from the Fort Vancouver July 4th Fireworks Show & Party which has returned after a year hiatus.

July 4th is coming up quick. For those of you who have not experienced a this event in Portland, all bets are off and this place lights up ‘Bombs over Baghdad’. I saw on the news that they will take your fireworks if they catch you, so be careful kids. I can’t tell you about my secret location, but I can give some suggestions (and others have as well below).

Fireworks start at PGE park, Waterfront and Oaks between 9:50PM & 10PM.

Hawthorne Bridge
Mount Tabor
Rose Test Gardens
Pittock Mansion
Top of PSU parking garage on 6th and Harrison
Portland City Grille
PGE Park

Sellwood Park (website) you can see both Oaks Park and downtown from here
West Hills: Terwilliger near OHSU has many spots.
Blue Lake Park, (NE 223rd Ave and Marine Drive), fireworks begin at dusk. $10 per vehicle or $15 for large vans.


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Suggestions from Twitter & Facebook of where to watch July 4th fireworks in Portland

  • PdxPipeline: Question: Where is the best places(s) to watch fireworks on Fourth of July in Portland?
  • RainWorld: At Waterfront Park, IMO
  • bryanrhoads: Mt Tabor – outside of my house – the best place to watch fireworks on July 4th!
  • yogazelle: Neighbor’s deck on Alameda Ridge.
  • ShiloInnsHotels: on the sand in front of the Seaside Turnaround
  • JMasin: -Best fireworks show: City of Stevenson, WA in Columbia Gorge -1st fireworks festival ever is this week! cityofstevenson.com
  • mklprc: Best place to watch fireworks? Any high place that lets us see how many people refuse to obey the anti-fireworks laws.
  • mumblyjoe: Oaks Park has fireworks too. So, Selwood or John’s landing area are good viewing locations.
  • Cora B Conzoner heading to the nice air conditioned Ladd’s for 4th of July! We’re open, fireworks viewable from the patio, and I am working! Plus, karaoke @ 10pm! Come see me!
  • malamar: lame view from mt. Tabor
  • grumpysnore: Can you see fireworks from the St Johns bridge?
  • kboo: Great spot to watch the fireworks right here at Waterfront Park with tunes from the Blues Festival!
  • joshh347: where do you go at the rose test gardens to see the fireworks? I’ve never been there b4. #pdx4th #pdxevents

Please comment with your suggestions…

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6 Responses to July 4: Where to Watch Fireworks on July Fourth in Portland | Many Suggestions

  1. Evan Lovely July 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for the great list!

    • Julian Chadwick July 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment!

  2. Lisa May 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Corbett Fun Festival is the place for the whole family! Old fashion parade that rains candy, FunZone that includes 16 inflatables, More Music this year! Justin Shandor, Stone In Love, Ray Sanchez, Random Pressure and… the one of the three largest FIREWORKS DISPLAYS in the Portland Metro area!

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