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Star Spangled Parade and Celebration

City of Lake Oswego Oregon Official Website

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
9am Staging, 10am Parade
Celebration at Millennium Park continues until 1:30pm

It's time to celebrate our many freedoms and Lake Oswego does this with panache!  So don your patriotic colors, decorate your wagons and enjoy an old fashioned 4th of July celebration!  Join the fun or watch your friends stroll down A Avenue in the Star Spangled Parade.  The Parade features an authentic Fife & Drum Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, classic cars and more!  Keep an eye out for our Mayor Kent Studebaker, and Lake Oswego City Councilors who will be walking in the parade and throwing out candy to spectators.  Then, continue the celebration at Millennium Plaza Park with live music from The Gospel Hooligans, cuisine from local food crafters, a Boy Scout Presentation of Colors, pie eating contest, and more! 

PARADE REGISTRATION:  Completed registration forms are required from all participating vehicles, floats, and large groups.  Application available here.  Please email completed form to  Participation is limited, so please apply early.  Applications due June 12, 2017.  Limit one vehicle/float per business or group.  Vehicles/floats must provide 2 volunteers to walk alongside of automobile to help prevent parade watchers from encroaching on parade route. 

If you are an individual or family that would like to walk in the parade, you are welcome to join the festivities by coming to Parade Staging.  You will be staged with other families.  Bikes/trikes/wagons/dogs welcome. 

PARADE STAGING:  Staging begins at 9am at Lake Garden Court (off Iron Mountain Blvd.).  For safety reasons, the entrance onto Iron Mountain Blvd from County Club Road will be closed.  All parade participants, including vehicles and floats, must enter the Parade Staging area from Iron Mountain Blvd.  See attached map for details.

PARADE PARKING:  Parade participants have approval to park any additional vehicles at Christ Episcopal Church (located at 1060 Chandler Road) and Oswego Heritage House (located at 398 10th Street).   

CANDY:  Participants are welcome to throw individually wrapped candy to parade watchers.  Please be sure to throw candy to the curb. Please consider tossing candy that will not melt and is not a choking hazard for little ones.

PATRIOTIC PETS:  Pets are welcome to join the fun by dressing up and parading with their owners down A Avenue toward the front of the parade.  Pets in costume have an opportunity to win a prize by registering at the Animal Care Group booth in Millennium Plaza after the parade.  Thank you to Animal Care Group, for sponsoring this exciting addition to our Star Spangled Celebration! 

STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION (10:30am-1:30pm):  Numerous festivities take place at Millennium Plaza Park after the conclusion of the parade.  Enjoy the fun including live music from The Gospel Hooligans, a pie eating contest, face painting, balloon animals and more!  Cuisine available for purchase too.

PIE EATING CONTEST:  Celebrate the USA with Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation's seventh annual Pie Eating Contest.  Commemorate our country's independence by racing to complete an "All-American" Pie.  Contest participants must be 18 years or older to enter.  Register onsite at 11am (after the Star Spangled Parade). Contest begins at noon.

For questions, please contact Jamie Inglis at: 503.675.3985 or

LAKE CORPORATION FIREWORKS:  The Lake Corporation hosts an annual Fireworks Show on July 4th at approximately 9:45pm.  The best viewing is near the Lake Grove Swim Park - fireworks cannot be seen from Millennium Plaza Park, Sundeleaf Plaza or George Rogers Park.  Roads in the Lake Grove Swim Park area are restricted, but will have vehicular traffic. Therefore, for public safety, viewing of fireworks from the roadway will not be allowed.

In addition, because of significant danger, no viewing is allowed from the railroad tracks.

For additional information on this event, please visit the website. 

Road Closures

For road Closures/restrictions, visit the website. 


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