Pancakes, train rides, races, fireworks and more fill the schedule of a busy Independence Day in Crook County

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - The local Independence Day celebration always concludes with a fireworks show.

Prineville is the place to be on July 4, with a full slate of patriotic activities on the calendar, from a pancake breakfast at City Plaza to fireworks at dark, the community can celebrate Independence Day from morning to night.

Following are several events planned for Tuesday, July 4 in Crook County.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Prineville City Plaza, 387 NE Third St., as a fundraiser for the local Kiwanis Club. The $7 all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and milk. Children younger than 6 eat for free.

Shay locomotive rides

The Oregon Historical Society and the City of Prineville will run the Mt. Emily Shay #1 on a series of excursion trips beginning at 8 a.m., with runs occurring every hour on the hour until the last train departs at 2 p.m.

Mt. Emily is a Shay steam locomotive built in 1923, designed to haul logs to the mill.

Boarding will be at the COP Team Track, 1521 NW Lamonta Road. These historic rides are free and open to the public, and each run can accommodate 90 to 100 people.

Happy Hoppers 4-H Club members will sell snow cones, water and soda.

Annual Fourth of July Book Sale

The Friends of the Crook County Library Annual Fourth of July Book Sale includes thousands of library materials and opens with free admission at 8 a.m. July 4 and continues until 4 p.m. at the Crook County Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive. All proceeds support the library and activities programs.

Firecracker 100K Group Road Ride

The 17th Annual Firecracker 100K Group Road Ride begins at Good Bike Co., 284 NE Third St., at 8 a.m. The bike ride makes a big loop through Crook County, ending at Ochoco Creek Park for the Historic Fourth of July Celebration.

Registration is $25 per rider. Proceeds will help support a Crook County High School athletic trainer.

Register online at or at Good Bike Co. For more information, call 541-903-0509.

Splash N Dash

The annual Splash N Dash, a fundraiser for the Crook County High School track and field team, starts at 8 a.m. at the Prineville Swimming Pool, 399 NE Garner St.

The multi-race event consists of a swimming, biking, kayaking and running leg for teams and individuals. It also includes a John Marsh Memorial 5K Run. Cost for each of the events is $25 per team member or $30 per individual.

To register, complete the individual and or team information sections on the registration form, then write a check payable to CC Track and Field. Mail or drop off the registration form and fee to Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, 185 NE 10th St., Prineville, OR 97754. Registration is also available online at

For more information, contact Larry Smith at 541-633-3052 or Ernie Brooks at 541-350-3405.

Fourth of July Parade

The Prineville Chapter of the Band of Brothers presents the Fourth of July Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Deer streets. Registration and check-in will start at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Fourth and Harwood streets.

Bowman Museum

The Bowman Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday.

Crook County Historic Fourth of July Celebration

Once the parade concludes on Fourth Street, the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and the Crook County Parks and Recreation District will host the 2017 Crook County Historic Fourth of July Celebration in Ochoco Creek Park from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 30 vendors will sell crafts, clothing, jewelry, furniture, soaps, food and more. There will be a beer garden for adults and a mini carnival for kids, featuring bounce houses, games, activities, ice cream, kettle corn and cotton candy. The Hutch and Gentry band will play live music from noon to 3 p.m.

Sports and Outdoor Equipment Sale

Crook County Parks and Recreation District and the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host a used recreation sale at Ochoco Creek Park during the Crook County Historic Fourth of July Celebration, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Fish Race

Community members are invited to cast a line for youth by purchasing $5 fish tickets for The Great Fish Race to benefit CASA of Central Oregon-Crook County, Crook County Kids Club, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, and The Landing Youth and Tutoring Center.

Tickets are for sale at these organizations through July 4. Each rubber fish has a number that coordinates to the sold tickets. The fish will be dumped into the Ochoco Creek at 4 p.m. near the foot bridge at Ochoco Creek Park and will swim downstream, ending at the Elm Street bridge, where the first three that bump into the net will be the winners.

First prize gets $1,000. Second place gets a kayak package. Third place gets an overnight resort package.


The grand finale of Independence Day in Prineville is the fireworks display, beginning at dark — around 10 p.m. Fireworks are ignited from Ochoco Viewpoint at dark.

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