By Isaac Waggoner

Life is finally beginning to feel a little bit more normal again with gatherings and events being permitted and we’re just as excited as you are. The 4th of July is right around the corner and much is happening around town. Here is all you need to know about the festivities in Lane County this year.

Florence

Old-fashioned family fun and games, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, food, music, and one of the best fireworks shows on the coast launched from a barge in the Siuslaw River to add a dramatic reflection off the water. Also featured will be a bicycle parade down Bay Street. Add synchronized patriotic music and you’ve got yourself a show to remember! Head out of town a little way to the coast for this 4th of July and enjoy the festivities on the beautiful Oregon Coast in Florence. Head to florencechamber.com to find out more.

Creswell

Beginning the day with pancakes and ending with fireworks . . . sounds like the perfect 4th of July. Creswell will be hosting their all-day 4th of July festival with a heaping helping of festivities. They’ll be kicking things off with a pancake breakfast followed by a parade and military flyover. After the parade, enjoy live music and vendors in the park with an array of talent, food, and crafts. If that is not enough, throughout the city there will be a sidewalk chalk contest, airplane rides, and of course, a large firework show at dusk. Don’t miss out on this! Head to creswellchamber.com for details.

Junction City

Junction city is hosting their annual 4th of July car show amongst a full day of activities. Check out stunning cars and have the chance to cast a vote for your favorite cars, so make sure to stick around for the award ceremony later that day. Also taking place in the afternoon will be a parade through town. Throughout the day there will be free kid’s activities and amusement rides. Finishing off this Independence Day in Junction City will be live music and of course a firework show. Enjoy beautiful cars, great food, live music, and more in Junction City this coming Monday. check the details with the city.

Springfield

Springfield Utility Board presents its annual Light of Liberty Celebration for the 4th of July! Come enjoy live music, a plethora of food vendors, all sorts of fun activities for kids, and an explosive fireworks show, of course. This year the main stage features Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sol Seed, and Olem Alves & Inner Limits. Two other stages offer a variety of entertainers, including jugglers. Spectacular fireworks start at 10 p.m. and are synchronized to music. All proceeds go to families needing help with utility bills. Support a good cause while also celebrating independence day. Learn more at the Springfield Utility Board website.

Harrisburg
Harrisburg celebrates their 70th consecutive July 4th celebration with a 2-day event starting with a July 3rd, breakfast served by volunteer firefighters. They also have a Firecracker 5K and Kids 400M Fun Run, kids bike decorating contest, pets costume contest, coloring contest, and car hop and cruise in. July 4 starts with breakfast again, followed by flag raising, one of the biggest parades in the State, live music, a boat flag parade on river, food trucks, vendor booths, chicken BBQ, obstacle course, historical readings and much more! Find out the details at on Facebook.

Pleasant Hill
There is usually a daytime barbecue at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a large fireworks display at dusk, which are easily visible from the Pleasant Hill high and elementary school parking lots. We weren’t able to find anything online to confirm that though!

Eugene

Eugene Pro Rodeo

The Eugene Pro Rodeo is on for the 4th of July weekend! Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in Roughstock, bareback riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and roping events. There will be rodeo clowns, carnival food, and beer. On July 4, the rodeo concludes with the largest fireworks show in Lane County. Check out eugeneprorodeo.com for more info.

Butte to Butte

The Aquafina OTC Butte to Butte event includes a 10K Run, 5K Run/ Walk, and 4 Mile Mayor’s Walk. Courses take runners and walkers through the historic streets of Eugene, Oregon. Enjoy a unique road race, rooted in tradition, with a fun finish line location and festival expo at 5th Street Public Market. Check out buttetobutte.com for details.

Eugene Emeralds Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza
Baseball and fireworks is a 4th of July tradition around here. The Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play the Everett AquaSox. In honor of the Fourth of July, their Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza will follow the game. The first 3,000 fans will also receive a light-up glowstick for the show, courtesy of Kendall Auto Group. Learn more at the Eugene Emeralds website.