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There's plenty to do on the Fourth of July in Hillsboro, North Plains, Forest Grove and Banks.

COURTESY PHOTO - Fireworks lit up the sky after the Hillsboro Hops played the Vancouver Canadians at Ron Tonkin Field.Several communities in western Washington County have scheduled events in celebration of the Fourth of July on Thursday, July 4:

Independence Day celebration, Forest Grove

Known as the largest fireworks display in Washington County, the annual community party and fireworks show will take place on the fields at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, 1341 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. It is hosted by Western Washington County Firefighter's Association.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. and Trask River Redemption, a popular local band, will be playing a mix of country, Americana and rock starting at 7 p.m. The fireworks are slated to begin around 9:45 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation, or $20 per family.

Fourth of July parade, Hillsboro

For over 40 years the Hillsboro Rotary Club has produced the Fourth of July Parade for tens of thousands of residents in the greater Hillsboro area.

This year's theme is "Celebrating Independence Day the Hillsboro Way" and begins at 10 a.m. along downtown Hillsboro, starting on East Main Street and turning on Northeast Cornell Road.

Hillsboro Hops game

Fireworks after the team's Fourth of July home game has become a tradition for the Washington County's minor league baseball team. This year, on Thursday, July 4, the team faces the Boise Hawks at 7:05 p.m. at Ron Tonkin Field, 4460 N.E. Century Blvd.

Tickets to the game are available at

Fireworks in Banks

Sunset Speedway, 12765 N.W. Main St., Banks, hosts its Fourth of July race. Adult tickets cost $16, military, seniors and ages 12-17 are $13, ages 6-12 are $8 and a family pass for two adults and up to four kids are $55.

Fireworks, which are open to the public, kick off right after at 10 p.m. at the speedway and Sunset Park next door. Many residents watch the show from the baseball field, Banks city officials say.

Independence Day celebration, North Plains

For a free, small town experience, North Plains is hosting its Fourth of July parade beginning at Jessie Mays Community Park at 3 p.m. The route goes along Main Street and turns on Commercial Street, with the best views in front of North Plains City Hall. Free soda and hot dogs will be served at Jessie Mays beginning at 4 p.m., and a firework show will start at 9:30 p.m., with the best place to catch the show at North Plains Elementary School, 32030 N.W. North Ave.

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