Your guide to July 4 weekend celebrations

Fireworks explode over the Columbia River in the Eyeopener Lions’ annual show.

Photo by Ben Mitchell
Fireworks explode over the Columbia River in the Eyeopener Lions’ annual show.

Two parades, two flyovers, two fireworks shows.

Between Hood River, Cascade Locks, Odell, Bingen and White Salmon, Independence Day weekend in the mid-Columbia will be a busy time.

A new event, “Independence Eve”, happens July 3 at 7 p.m. in The Bingen Theate, 210 Main St., Bingen. This is a live radio show featuring songs about patriotism and love, and musicians including The Columbiaires, Alonzo Garbonzo, and Los Temerosos, William Stafford poetry readings, and other extras. It’s a fundraiser for local groups, and will be broadcast live on Radio Tierra (KZAS FM, 95.1)

Other highlights are the 4 p.m. parade in Odell (form at 3:30 at Mid Valley Elementary) and fireworks at dusk in Hood River and Cascade Locks – see page A10.

Meanwhile, White Salmon’s parade starts at 1 p.m. and includes a flyover; A concert in the park follows, featuring White Salmon Jazz Band, Harmony of the Gorge, and Gorge Winds, along with kids games at 2 p.m. and rootbeer floats, food and beer.

July 4 fun opens with the 40th annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run/Walk from Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Mid-Valley Elementary School. Walkers start at 8 a.m. and runner begin their contest at 9 a.m.

The Hood River parade, with the theme of “Beautiful Bounty,” will start at 10 a.m. with the line up on Eliot Drive beginning at 8:30 a.m. To speed up the registration, forms and instructions can be obtained by linking to “” The parade fee is $10 and there will be monetary prizes for the best entries.

The grand marshal will be the people associated with Fish Food Bank which opened its new facility last month. The theme is “Beautiful Bounty” describing the wonderful area of the Hood River Valley and Columbia River Gorge and the assistance that is given to our neighbors by the Fish Food Bank. Attendees are asked to bring a can of fruit or soup to Jackson Park that will be given to the FISH Food Bank.

A flyover is planned at about 10 a.m.

For safety to children and adults along with keeping the parade route litter free, the Hood River Lions ask that no candy be passed out or thrown from the entries. The Hood River Rotary Club and Heights Ice Cream are again teaming up to offer ice cream at a discounted price in Jackson Park for the children after the parade.

On lookers will be treated to about 50 local entries but also a Portland band called “The Beat Goes On” with its musicians and baton twirlers. They will also perform in Jackson Park for 40 minutes starting at noon with the raising of the American Flag.

At 11 a.m. the Hood River Fire Dept. will began serving its annual barbecue lunch. Around 1:00 p.m. we will be entertained by the Willy & Nelson band. Also in the park will be ice cream, two bounce houses, face painting and some games for the children.

Donations for the fireworks program are needed and can be mailed to Eyeopener Lions, 1767 12th Street #136, Hood River, OR 97031.

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