4th of July Road Closures

The City hopes you enjoy Independence Day festivities. To make sure events run smoothly, road and parking restrictions will occur.

Star Spangled Parade Area

Start the July 4th celebration with the Star Spangled Parade! The parade will begin at 10 a.m. from the staging area at Lake Garden Court, will continue along A Avenue, and end downtown at Millennium Plaza Park at approximately 11a.m.

A Avenue from Chandler to downtown will be closed during the parade - in addition to closures in the area of Iron Mountain, Chandler, and Evergreen.

The Star Spangled Celebration takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park with live music, face painting, balloon animals, a pie eating contest and all-American cuisine. Don’t forget your pets! They are invited to join the fun by dressing up and competing to win a prize.

Fireworks Area

Parking will be restricted to one side of the road for the entire day of July 4th on the following streets:

  • Alder Circle
  • Allen Road
  • Blue Heron Road
  • Canal Circle
  • Graef Circle
  • Greenbriar Road
  • Lower Drive
  • Maple Circle
  • Potters Road
  • Upper Drive

There will be no parking on either side of the road on Blue Heron Road from South Shore to the end of the road. This restriction will be in place for the entire 4th of July holiday.

The following roads, as well as all intersecting streets, will have restricted access from approximately 7:30 pm to about midnight on July 4th:

  • Blue Heron
  • Cardinal Drive
  • Chapman Way
  • Kelok Road
  • Lamont Way
  • Lords Lane

In addition, sections of the following roads, as well as all intersecting streets, will be restricted during the same time period:

  • Bryant Road (from Lakeview to Jean)
  • Lakeview Blvd (from Bryant to Iron Mountain)
  • South Shore (from Westview Drive to Lakeview Blvd)

PLEASE NOTE: All of the streets listed above are “tow away” zones.

Travel on restricted streets will only be allowed if an occupant of a vehicle displays a driver’s license (or utility bill) with an address from any of the following streets:

  • Alder Circle
  • Allen Road
  • Black Forest Court
  • Blue Heron Road
  • Bryant Road (16842-17615) Canal Circle
  • Cardinal Court Cardinal Drive Cardinal Place Cedar Road
  • Chapman Way
  • Cobb Way Eena Road Fir Road
  • Graef Circle Greenbrier Road
  • Haven Street
  • Kelok Road
  • Lake Haven Drive
  • Lakeview Blvd (2701-4490) Lamont Court
  • Lamont Way
  • Lords Lane Maple Circle Potters Road Redfern Avenue
  • South Shore Blvd (3001-4375) Virginia Way
  • West Bay Road Wildwood Street
  • Wren Court Wren Street

Persons not living on restricted streets must have an official, printed invitation to a location within the restricted area. Handwritten invitations/notes will not be accepted, nor will phone calls or text messages.

Fireworks - Where to View & Restrictions

Lake Oswego’s fireworks show, hosted by the Lake Corporation, will begin at dusk. 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.  [The Portland & Western Railroad does not grant any unauthorized persons the right to enter, remain on, cross or loiter upon any lands, equipment or trains owned, leased or operated by the railroad company. Such action would interfere with the safe, efficient and normal operation of trains. Portland & Western Railroad has specifically requested and authorized the Lake Oswego Police Department to act as their agent to remove and/or arrest persons trespassing on property belonging to the Portland & Western Railroad. ORS 165.255(c) makes entering or remaining unlawfully upon railroad yards, tracks, bridges or rights of way a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $7,500 and up to one year in jail. Please stay off the tracks.]

Fireworks Ordinance

In May of 2013, the City enacted City Ordinance 2621 (LOC 15.06.614) to address the sale, possession or use of illegal fireworks within the City limits. While it has always been illegal to sell, possess or use these same fireworks in the State of Oregon, this Ordinance makes those actions a City Code violation, which can result in a presumptive fine of $295 or up to $500.

Illegal fireworks are those that do any of the following:

  • Explode
  • Eject balls of fire
  • Fly more than 12 inches into the air
  • Travel more than six feet on the ground

Examples of illegal fireworks are (this is not an all-inclusive list):

  • Roman candles
  • Fire crackers
  • Sky lanterns
  • Mortars
  • Bottle rockets

The Police and Fire Departments enforce this Ordinance year round, so please do not put yourself in the position to cause injury, damage or to receive a citation. For more information please call the Fire Department at 503-635-0275.