Happy Birthday, USA!
Celebrate Independence Day the American way-with food, family, friends, live country music and fireworks at the 13th annual West Linn Fourth of July celebration at Willamette Park.
For 12 years, longtime West Linn resident Alice Richmond has put on the celebration and promises this year's festivities will be just as fun as the last dozen.
As always, the event will feature a fireworks spectacular organized and set off by members of the Oregon National Guard, beginning at dusk.
Richmond handpicked the country band to play at this year's celebration, Deadbeat Dixie, who she said would take over any Nashville country bands.
"They are super energetic and as American-country as it gets. You will not be able to just sit and listen because your feet will want to dance and you'll want to sway to the tempo of their music and songs," Richmond said of the band.
Jake Gray, of Deadbeat Dixie calls his band "the dirty south of country."
"We walk the line of new and old country, shake in a little classic rock and a pinch of alternative rock," Gray said. "The result is a blend of great music with a few surprises."
Music and fireworks aren't the only things for those in attendance to enjoy at the event.
Last year was the first year the celebration included a portable rock-climbing wall and Richmond is bringing it back this year for kids and adults to enjoy. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase and the Rotary Club of West Linn will be on hand selling popcorn. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own picnics.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a color guard presentation by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the national anthem.
Richmond also mentioned a raffle drawing for a Pendleton Woolen Mill Legendary Collection Culture blanket. Raffle tickets can be bought at the celebration for $10.
Richmond recommended arriving at the celebration early to claim a spot in the grass as it fills up fast.
After working year-round to find sponsors for the event, Richmond isn't going to forget to thank them — Gramor Development, Albertsons, Safeway, Pendleton Woolen Mills., Les Schwab Tires, Kahut Waste Services, Active West Linn, MSA, Tanner Springs Assisted Living Facilities, Royal Fly Fishing and many other businesses in West Linn.
"Each year we are proud to bring this national commemoration event locally to our citizens, neighbors and families to enjoy free music and a free fireworks display," Richmond said.
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