Best Places to View Fireworks for 4th of July in Portland, OR

The 4th of July is a celebration like no other in America. This classic summer holiday is the perfect time to get together with friends and family and soak in the best parts of the season. The culmination of the day is always a fun fireworks display. The challenge can be finding the best viewing locations. Of course, our preference is to be able to watch all the great shows right from your home with a view of the Portland skyline, but if your view is obstructed, here are a few of the best places to watch those beautiful fireworks for the 4th of July in Portland!

Oaks Park: The granddaddy of them all, the Oaks Park 4th of July celebration is the ultimate family-friendly event. This traditional day of fun begins early in the day with a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy, including roller skating, carnival rides, plenty of food and drink, and more. The highlight of the day is the massive fireworks display at dusk. Be sure to start your day early so that you get a good spot for the fireworks viewing. If you do not mind biking in, try the Springwater Corridor Trail to avoid traffic congestion.

Ross Island Bridge: Many people overlook Ross Island Bridge over the Willamette River as a place to catch the firework show. Just to the south, you will be able to see the celebration coming from Oaks Park. To the north, you will find the fireworks from the Waterfront Blues Festival, giving you the best of both shows. If the Ross Island Bridge is too congested, an alternate choice is to park near the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge and stroll over the river to catch the show from the blues festival.

Pittock Mansion: If your family is up for an adventure, an excursion to see the fireworks from the legendary Pittock Mansion is always a good time. The expansive lawn of this historic mansion delivers magnificent views looking over the city and all of its fireworks glory. You will see fireworks in every direction when you set up camp on the lawn. Keep in mind that the gates to the property close early, meaning that your car may be at risk of being towed or ticketed. It is a better idea to take the trail from the Upper Macleay Trailhead and hike to the mansion.

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