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Day: July 2, 2015

Plan your 4th for maximum boom

Austin Brown helps unload inventory for the McNary Band fireworks stand. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)
Austin Brown helps unload inventory for the McNary Band fireworks stand. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

Civil War battles, a music festival and enough fireworks to make your head explode. Here is a round-up of where to see the best and brightest this July 4.

July 3 through 5

The 25th annual appearance of the Northwest Civil War Council at Willamette Mission State Park. Approximately 1,000 reenactors are expected, who will demonstrate the living and fighting conditions of the early 1860’s. Battles daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Actor Steven Holgate reprises his role as Abraham Lincoln Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission $5 to $8 plus day use park fee.

The city of Independence’s much-lauded fireworks display is now a full weekend of activities. Parades, a watermelon-eating contest, live music, movies in the park and, of course, fireworks displays each night at 10 p.m. For the full schedule, visit www.westerndays.net.

St. Paul Rodeo: rodeo, wild west art show, carnival, parade, BBQ cook-off and Tack Room Saloon and more. Admission charged, 20209 Main Street, in St. Paul. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, July 3

Silverton Day: live music and fireworks display. 879 W. Main Street, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: patriotic tribute, fireworks and a game with the Tri-City Dust Devils. 6700 Field of Dreams Way. Tickets $7 to $30. Game begins at 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, July 4

Rogue Farms Independence Day 10K: a 10K run through Rogue’s hop farms in Independence. Food, band and beer at the finish line. 3590 Wigrich Road, in Independence. Registration fees apply.

Freedomfest: BBQ competition, vendors, food and fireworks. Daytime events at Dallas City Park on Brandvold Street, fireworks at LaCreole Middle School, 701 SE LaCreole Drive. Begins at 11 a.m.

Coria Estates Event: music by The Orvil Ivie Duo, cornhole tournament, complimentary flights for patriotic clothing and a patriotic clothing contest. 8252 Redstone Avenue S.E. in Salem. Noon to 7 p.m.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: patriotic tribute, fireworks and a game with the Tri-City Dust Devils. 6700 Field of Dreams Way. Tickets $7 to $30. Game begins at 6:35 p.m.

Fourth of July on the Willamette Queen: a late dinner cruise, then stay on board for the best seat to watch the Salem fireworks show over the river at 10 p.m. $55 per person, includes gratuity. 200 S. Water Street, in Salem. Cruise begins at 7 p.m.

Stayton has a parade at 4 p.m. and a BBQ beef dinner, Free Whiskey Band and karaoke opportunities from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.all at Stayton Middle School. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Lincoln City’s celebration begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and ends with fireworks at dusk over Siletz Bay. www.oregoncoast.org.

Newport 4th of July Rock White and Blue Music festival is coming back for a second year. The festival provides visitors and locals with music on Newport’s Historic Bay Front leading up to the city’s fireworks display. Music ranges from folk to blues to reggae to classic rock. The fun begins at 2 p.m. and ends with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 5

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: patriotic tribute, fireworks and a game with the Tri-City Dust Devils. 6700 Field of Dreams Way. Tickets $7 to $30. Game begins at 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

Detroit hosts Fireworks Over the Lake at 10 p.m. More info at www.detroitlake.org. Southeast of Kane’s Marina.