The biggest event in Harrisburg is the Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration. Get a good nights rest on July 3rd so you can be ready for activities on July 4th that begin in the morning and do not end until the glow of fireworks fades.
Harrisburg still honors our nations birthday today much the way it was done a hundred years ago--and we hopefully will be doing it the same way in another hundred years!
Food, parade, games, vendors, free entertainment and of course fireworks. Friends, family, and fun. That is what a community 4th of July should be!
2013 Parade Theme: "Our Heroes"
2013 Grand Marshall's: Veteran's, Past & Present
We are honoring veterans this year, of any age, and any action. If you'd like to be in the parade, or know someone who might like to be in the parade, please contact Michele Eldridge at 541-995-6655. A horse drawn trolley will be available for those not able to walk in the parade. We will have signs available indicating which war or action you participated in. Please come and join us, and let 10,000 people show you all how much we appreciate you!
Fireworks start at dusk! (9:30/9:45)
The 4th of July Celebration is organized by the Harrisburg Festival and Events Association. The fireworks and activities are supported entirely by donations from generous individuals and companies. If you would like to donate to help us put on a great celebration, please contact Rhonda Giles at Pacific Source, 541-684-5281. If you are a vendor who is interested in vendor booths, or the Marketplace, contact Michele Eldridge, City of Harrisburg, 541-995-6655. For parade information, contact Chuck Cook, Community Citizen, 541-998-1345. For Shields, contact Christi Oakerman at Selco, 541-995-8007.
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pancake Breakfast Served by Volunteer Firefighters (500 Smith St)
8:00 AM Flag Raising Ceremony by the VFW & Boy Scouts (490 Smith St)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Harrisburg Library Book Sale (354 Smith St., in front of the Library)
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM H.A.R.T. Resource Center- 354 Smith. Water & water balloons & yoyo's
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Chicken BBQ Lunch at the Fire Station! Preorders are available. Call Life Bible at 541-995-8282. You may also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1/2 a chicken is $6.00 and a 1/2 chicken meal is $8.00. The Pre-order express line will be open between 10am & 2pm.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Museum Open House! (490 Smith St) There will be guides in every building!
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Calvary Chapel: Free face painting, and the Calvary Chapel Worship Team will be playing from 11:00 to 1:30PM, and again at 4:00 to 5:00. Also, try their espresso inside the newly renovated church!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Parade: “Our Heroes” (7th & Smith St, to 3rd St, to LaSalle St, ends at high school) See notes to the right for staging locations if you'd like to be in the parade!
12:00PM - 4:00PM Bouncy House! Bouncy structures for kids will be located at the corner of 4th & Smith St.'s, in BN Park.
All Day Restaurants, Stores, & Businesses Open throughout Harrisburg
Please Support Our Business Community!
Free Kids Events – 550 Smith/6th & Smith
After the Parade Ends Kids Activities
Old Fashioned Races and Games with Prizes (Spectators - bring your camp chairs!) Fun for the whole Family!
TBA We'd love to hold a Skateboard Competition! If you'd like to organize a competition for next years festivities, please contact Michele Eldridge at 541-995-6655, or at email@example.com
Skateboard Park open all day! Have fun watching people zipping around the park and pulling stunts.
Riverfront Park Events – On the banks of the Willamette River, 1st & Smith
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Vendor Booths at Smith & 1st Open!
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM The Marketplace Open – Crafts of all sorts (Post Office parking lot, 2nd & Smith)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM VFW Hall Open – Flowers and water for sale, Free Coffee, Lemonade, Ice Tea & Cookies are available. (Smith St, between 1st & 2nd St) The Hall is open all day. You are welcome to sit inside during the hot part of the day, and can even bring your own food if you'd like.
5:00 – 9:00 PM Live Music at Gazebo!
5:30PM: Cornerstone, immediately followed by the Knox Brothers
Fireworks at Dusk! Join us on the banks of the Willamette River! Watch for boots to donate!
Important: Fireworks and Pets are prohibited west of 2nd St on the 4th of July!
Please don't place tarps on the grass in Riverfront Park...any tarps left to mark a spot will be removed. (Tarps will kill the grass, especially when left for hours on a hot day)
2012 Event Sponsors
Tri-County Insurance - 5K Run/Walk Event Sponsor
H30 Inc. - Industrial Contractors, Life Bible Church
Gheen Irrigation Works, Inc. ~ The White House Bed & Breakfast
HURDS Custom Machinery - Knife River -ISOVOLTA, INC.-ANONYMOUS DONORS! - Estergard Farms, Inc.
Southwood Engineering - EZ Stop Market - Abby's Pizza- Crystal Falk/Lauren Stonebarner - Eric Falk - Gloria Holt - Steve Church - Aimee Walsh
Golden Chopstix - The City of Harrisburg, especially the Public Works Crew! - The Harrisburg Fire/Rescue Dept & dedicated volunteers.
2011 Event Sponsors
LIFE BIBLE CHURCH ≈ Detering Orchards
Smucker Manufacturing~Harrisburg Insurance
Hurds Hardware~ Farmers Helper ~ Knife River
Harrisburg Pharmacy ~ Citizens Bank
Petra Automotive ~Golden Chopstix ~ J.L. Winsted Photography
Safeway ~ Tri-County Insurance Group -The Harrisburg Fire/Rescue District and Volunteers ~ The City of Harrisburg