Fireworks, festivities and more: Need some 4th of July ideas?

Fireworks, festivities and more: Need some 4th of July ideas?
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It's that time of year again - a time for fireworks and hot dogs, patriotism and family. To help you with your 4th of July planning, we've put together a guide on where you can watch fireworks, which ones are illegal and tips to keep you and your family safe during the holiday.

If there's something we missed, send us an e-mail to let us know so we can add it to the list. Have a Happy 4th everyone!

Fireworks Shows/4th of July Events

*Note: The fireworks show at Blue Lake Regional Park has been canceled this year but there will be picnics and activities during the day. The park will close at legal sunset.

What's Illegal


Fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet from the ground or 12 inches inches into the air (like bottle rockets, Roman Candles and firecrackers) are illegal in Oregon. Fireworks are also prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks and campgrounds, as well as on all National Forest lands.


In the city of Vancouver, legal fireworks may be used/discharged on these dates and times only:

  • July 1-3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight

Firecrackers, bottle rockets, M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are illegal in Vancouver. And keep in mind that fireworks sold on tribal lands may not be legal off the reservation. Fireworks are also not allowed in public parks or on National Forest lands.

Non-emergency numbers to report illegal fireworks or noise complaints:

  • Multnomah County - 503-823-3333
  • Washington County - 503-629-0111
  • Clackamas County - 503-655-8211

Safety Tips

Need to cool down?

The City of Portland has released a list of all the pools in the area that will be open.