Portland 4th of July Plans

Sure, Portland parties for the 4th of July like the rest of the country: with fireworks, barbecue and alcohol. But this July 4, why not pay homage to Portland's transportation ethos and ditch the car? Whether you're biking, walking, or taking advantage of Portland's remarkable public transportation, here's a list of 4th of July spots in Portland for fireworks and fun that are easily accessible by alternative modes. (Photo: Flickr user David Owen)

Updated: July 05, 2011

4th of July in Portland

Oaks Amusement Park

SE Spokane St, Portland, OR 97202

Make the most of the warm summer night with a post-dinner bike ride down Portland's Eastbank Esplanade, ending at Oaks Amusement Park, where the 4th of July celebration will be in full swing. The fireworks begin at dusk, and ride bracelets last until midnight.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Take the MAX to the waterfront on July 4 for the final and most fantastic night of Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival. At 10pm, the "Star Spangled Banner" will be sung in style, followed by the most extravagant fireworks display in town. Note: Tickets to the show, which benefit the Oregon Food Bank, sell out fast.

Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen

1038 SW Stark, Portland, OR 97205

For a good time on July 4, there's no need to walk farther than your favorite park--or your own backyard. Simplify even further with take-out barbecue from Kenny & Zuke's. Order in advance, or risk missing the restaurant's 12-hour Texas-style smoked beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and famous homemade pickles. All you need to remember is the cooler full of beer and the sparklers.


525 Sw Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Why fly somewhere exotic for July 4? Experience the luxury of travel without the carbon footprint at Departure's airplane-themed restaurant. Departure is offering an all-night happy hour on the 4th of July. Kick back on the deck, take in the waterfront fireworks display, and enjoy that martini.