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Independence Day celebrations abound

Hillsboros Fourth of July Parade is the largest parade of the day in Oregon.There’s no need travel this weekend for the Fourth of July, there are plenty celebrations right in our back yard.

Those looking to give some holiday time to a good cause can do so in Hillsboro July 4 at the Cancer Awareness & Treatment (C.A.T.) Walk & Fun Run. It takes place at the Civic Center Plaza on First and Main Streets from 6:30 to 10 a.m.

This annual family-friendly event is a prelude to the largest Fourth of July parade in Oregon, the famous Hillsboro Rotary parade. Come to enjoy the Kids’ Dash, a timed 5K walk/run and a health fair while raising money for the cancer awareness and treatment programs at Tuality Healthcare. Visit catwalkfun

run.org for more information.

The Hillsboro Rotary Club presents its annual Fourth of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. in downtown Hillsboro. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Spirit of America.”

The Hillsboro Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast 6 to 10 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 494 E. Main St. in Hillsboro. Breakfast is $6 for ages 13 and older, and $3.50 for ages 3 to 12.

There will be fireworks July 3, at Ron Tonkin Field, 4460 N.W. 229th Ave. in Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Hops’ game against Eugene, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Hillsboros Fourth of July Parade is the largest parade of the day in Oregon.

For those looking to celebrate all day, North Plains will have an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration that kicks off at 7 a.m. and continues through the night. The North Plains Senior Center starts off the day with a hot griddle cake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. At 9 a.m., the public is invited to peruse car show entries.

The fun really gets going at 10 a.m., because that’s when charity auctions, car show judging, live music featuring Mean Satisfaction and interactive wild west stations and horseshoe games commence.

At 1:15 p.m., judges will announce the car show awards. At 3 p.m., the parade starts winding its way through the streets. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., square dancing livens things up.

There will be a steak dinner at the North Plains Senior Center served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. From 7 to 9:30 p.m., a concert featuring Whiskey Union will jazz up the streets.

The grand finale of the day — the fireworks show sponsored by Nature’s Needs, Recology and the city of North Plains — starts at 10 p.m.

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