Fireworks, fun, family: Independence Day offers activities for all ages

July, 2016 Posted in Community
Stayton Parade

Stayton Parade

By Mary Owen

Throughout the Santiam Canyon, opportunities abound to celebrate our nation’s birthday.


In Stayton, Suzi Kilby is the parade co-chair for Stayon’s Fourth of July events called “an old-fashioned celebration.” She said the big news in Stayton is the fireworks and evening’s events will be again at the high school practice field.

With the help of many new community volunteers, Kilby said this year’s celebration will be bigger than ever, with the return of the kids’ games and two bounce houses provided by Electronic Payments of Oregon and manned by the Stayton High School cheerleaders. The games run 5:30 p.m. to dark.

“This year’s parade theme is ‘A Star Spangled Spectacular,’” said Kilby, who is passing on her role of parade director, a job she has carried for 10 years.

“The Loyal Order of Moose has presented the Grand Parade for the past decade and will continue to volunteer with this great event.”

This year, Kilby said the Ty Hart Family will be the Grand Marshal’s for the parade. Family members will be joined by the Stayton High football team and cheerleading squad.

Stayton’s festivities start off with the 33rd annual Stayton Old-Time Fourth of July Fun Run & Walk, organized by Stayton Boy Scout Troop 50 with the help of the Stayton Roadrunners. Offering professional timing, the event will have a 3K walk/run, 5K trail run and 10K run.

Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Stayton Community Center. Participants not pre-registered will pay a $15 entry fee at time of registration. T-shirts are available to order with online registration, which is $10. A limited number will be available for purchase on race day.

“Both the runs and walk of this event will take place on both asphalt and cross-country surfaces,” said spokesman Dave Phelps. “The miles are marked and the courses are excellent for the competitive runner, fun runner and walker.”

Phelps said the proceeds from the event will benefit Troop 50, whose members yearly donate more than 250 hours of community service in Stayton.

“At 8:30 a.m., the Scouts will perform a flag ceremony,” he added. “And we will have a prize for the most patriotically dressed runner.”

The Grand Parade, presented by the Stayton Loyal Order of Moose, begins at 4 p.m. starting at and returning to Regis Street. All floats will reflect the theme, and registration opens at 1 p.m. in front of Regis High School. The entry fee is $15, and entry forms are available at the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce,, Stayton City Hall, or e-mail

Entries that are lined up by 2:30 p.m. will be judged and ribbons will be awarded before the parade begins.

Evening events will take place on the Stayton High School football practice field, with music by deejay Alan Pinto. A variety of treats will be sold 6 to 10 p.m., including the Stayton High Football Team BBQ, Moose Lodge Pulled Pork or Sausage Dinner, and Friends of the Family of the Family Snack Concessions.

“The football team, coaches, their wives and team parents will be cooking chicken, ribs and brisket,” Kilby said. “They will be taking pre-orders and will deliver.”

At 10 p.m., the Stayton Lions Club fireworks display will dazzle the crowd. The 30-minute display is funded by group and individual donations, collected at cans displayed at Rotary Fireworks booths through July 4. Donations can also be made at the registration desk for the parade, or mail to Stayton Lions Club, 4th of July, P.O. Box 98, Stayton, OR 97383.

No personal fireworks or alcohol or pets will be allowed on school grounds. Viewers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to the event.

The celebration is sponsored by the Stayton Fourth of July Committee, with additional sponsors: Hillyer’s Stayton Ford, Stayton Lion’s Club, Stayton Rotary, Freres Lumber, Stayton Moose, North Santiam Funeral Services, Sublimity Insurance, Stayton Fire Department, Roth’s Fresh Market, Dale’s Auto Body, Electronic Payments of Oregon, Fox Valley Farms, Power Chevrolet and SCTC.

“A lot of real hard work and months of planning goes into this day, but we all love it,” Kilby said.

For contact information on any of the events or to get involved, call Kilby at 503-910-7282 or e-mail


The theme of Mill City’s Fourth of July activities is “60 Years A River Runs Through It” on July 2-4 at Kimmel Park.

Also at the festival grounds will be a crafts fair, food vendors, displays and more. Wooden Nickel will again host a Beer Garden opening at 10 a.m. with a talent showcase at 2 p.m. and karaoke rom 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, family fun can be had by participating in the bed races. Check-in is 1 p.m.,the races start at 2 p.m.

The 40th annual Mutt Show will start at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $2 per dog with lots of categories for participation.

Sunday at 10 a.m. old-fashioned family games begin, including a horseshoe tournament, and 11a.m.-5 p.m., a logging exhibition by Randy Hildebrandt. A wood-milling exhibition takes place at 1p.m.

The annual softball tournament begins at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday, July 4, festivities will kick off with the Lions Club Breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. followed by a Fun Run/Walk. The run starts at SW Evergreen Street, with check-in at 8 a.m. and race at 9.

The Grand Parade begins at noon, with a line up of equestrians, floats, cars, emergency vehicles and big rigs.

The parade starts at the intersection of Linn Boulevard and 8th Avenue and ends at Kimmel Park. Entry deadline and judging is at 11 a.m.

The Mill City Volunteer Fire Department will shoot off fireworks at dusk, around 10 p.m.

Festival contributors include: the Mill City Fourth of July Committee, Santiam Brewery, Mill City Volunteer Fire Department, Mill City Odd Fellows #144, American Legion Post #159, Trio Tavern, Santiam Hearts to Arts, Randy Hildebrandt, Eagles Lodge #3384, Freres Lumber and numerous volunteers.

For information, call 503-897-2302.


Folks at Detroit Lake are starting their celebration a little early with Fireworks Over the Lake on Saturday, July 2

Day-long festivities end with a spectacular fireworks display over Detroit Lake.

“People fill the day with boating, hiking, sunning, socializing and getting ready for an exciting evening,” said Bob Franz, a member of Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association, the major sponsor for the annual event.

Franz calls the approximately 30-minute show an annual favorite, causing the tiny resort town to swell from a few hundred to thousands.

The fireworks show is funded by local residents, businesses and clubs, including DLRABA, and annual events such as the Cruise In and Fishing Derby.

On Friday, July 1, people can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks at the annual pre-fireworks extravaganza and fundraiser, held 5-11 p.m. at 455 Clester Road. The barbecue is children and family-friendly. Questions can be directed to Sandi Elwood at 503-881-5226.

Area campgrounds are reserved early, and only the Oregon Department of Forestry camps, which are first-come, first-served, will offer last-minute opportunities for families interested in camping over the Fourth of July weekend.

Organizers encourage viewers to dress warmly and carry a high-power flashlights.

Following Fireworks Over the Lake will be “A ‘Dam’ Good Time Wake Board Amateur Competition” on July 9-10 and the Detroit Lake Water Ski Show” on Aug. 6-7. For information, e-mail or visit

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