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With local areas banning or discouraging fireworks, the Banks Speedway fireworks will follow Sunday races.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Fireworks have been either banned or discouraged in most local areas this weekend, but the Banks Speedway and Hillsboro Hops are offering professional shows for local residents.While many fireworks shows in the Portland area have canceled this year, Banks will be offering fireworks this Fourth of July, as planned.

Local area residents can get their patriotic fix at the Sunset Speedway in Banks this Sunday, July 4, with a fireworks show at dusk, immediately following the evening's races.

Front gates open at 4:00 p.m. and racing is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with fireworks to follow.

The show comes at the same time cities across Washington County are banning fireworks this year, due to abnormally hot and dry conditions and a statewide drought.

The city of Banks has not banned fireworks, but asked all residents to respect the wishes of the Banks Fire District, which has discouraged personal fireworks. The city's water department urged water customers to refrain from any non-essential water use because of the drought.

The Forest Grove City Council voted Wednesday, June 30, to strictly prohibit the use of any and all fireworks within the city limits July 2-4, in light of record-breaking heat and drought conditions. Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Gresham, Wilsonville and Clackamas County have also banned fireworks this year.

Hillsboro and Beaverton are strongly discouraging the use of fireworks and are encouraging its community members to find alternative ways to celebrate Independence Day this year.

The Hillsboro Hops will also be offering a professional fireworks show following their game at Ron Tonkin Field, with baseball action beginning at 7:05 p.m.

For more information on either the Banks speedway or Hillsboro Hops fireworks shows, visit their websites at sunsetspeedwaypark.com or hillsborohops.com.


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