Big crowds celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Oswego's Star Spangled celebration

Pancakes in one park, a pie-eating contest in another and a patriotic parade through the streets. Was there any better place to spend the Fourth of July than in Lake Oswego?

The Millenium Concert Band set the stage for Independence Day with a concert Tuesday night in Millenium Plaza Park that honored military veterans. On Wednesday morning, more than 3,000 pancake lovers lined up in George Rogers Park for the Lake Oswego Lions Club's traditional flipping of the flapjacks.

After breakfast, crowds lined A Avenue to watch Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a drum corps and more march in the Star Spangled Parade, along with hundreds of happy children who meandered down A Avenue on bicycles, tricycles, strollers and wagons.

It was a Star Spangled celebration to be sure, and Review photographer Vern Uyetake was there to capture it all. Look for more of his photos and a complete recap of all of the Fourth of July festivities — including a look at what went wrong with the City's inaugural but largely out-of-sight fireworks display — in the July 12 issue of The Review.

— The Review

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