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Events planned throughout Columbia County for Independence Day, July 4 next week

FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - Fireworks illuminate the sky over the St. Helens waterfront on July 4, 2018. St. Helens will be hosting its annual fireworks display again next week on Thursday, July 4, at 10 p.m., with fireworks launching from Sand Island.Ready for some star-spangled fun on the Fourth of July? A number of activities will be hosted in Columbia County to celebrate Independence Day, Thursday July 4, from pancake breakfasts and fireworks to bell-ringing festivities and more.


The Scappoose Fire District will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday morning at the Scappoose Fire Station, 52751 Columbia River Highway.

Firefighters will be volunteering to make the pancakes and will serve them to visitors for a cash donation. All proceeds from the breakfast benefit the fire district's high school scholarship fund. The Highway 30 Cruisers automobile club will also have vehicles on display at the fire station during the breakfast.

St. Helens

St. Helens is gearing up for smorgasbord of activities throughout Independence Day, including live music, hosted walking tours, bell ringing ceremonies, food vendors, and a fireworks display.

On July 4, a tailgating area will be open at the St. Helens waterfront near The Strand, with gates opening at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for access to the parking and tailgating area. A carload of four people is $20, while a carload of six people is $25. Adults or children who want access to the area, but do not have a vehicle, can pay $5. Online ticket sales incur fees. Onsite sales for the parking area are cash only.

More information can be found on the Discover Columbia County website.

For history buffs, Brandon Sundeen with the Columbia County Historical Society and Museum Association will be offering walking tours at noon, 12:45 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Starting around 1:15 p.m. and continuing throughout the day, dance performances, cake servings by the American Heritage Girls, and musical performances will take place in Columbia View Park and the surrounding waterfront area. Food vendors are expected to start sales around 2 p.m.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will host a bell-ringing ceremony on the Fourth of July at exactly 2 p.m. During the fifth annual ceremony, volunteers will be located at numerous locations throughout the city and will ring a bell 13 times to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Each ring represents one of the original 13 colonies.

Locations will include the Columbia County Courthouse, where the fog bell, clock tower and bell tower will all be rung; the Warrior Rock Lighthouse replica; the United Methodist Church; St. Frederic Catholic Church; Plymouth Presbyterian Church; Christ Episcopal Church; and the Olde School building.

Later in the day, Winn Alexander, a vocalist and guitar player, is set to play live music from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. His performance will be followed by Hit Machine, the Scappoose cover band led by singer Bart Hafeman, which will perform from 6:45 to 10 p.m. Both performances will be at the Wauna Credit Union Stage which will be set up near the St. Helens waterfront.

A fireworks display,

which will be launched from Sand Island, will start at 10 p.m.

From now until July 4, the St. Helens High School Band Patrons will be hosting their annual fireworks sales, with proceeds benefiting the school's music program. Fireworks will be sold daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in a TNT Fireworks tent located in the Walmart parking lot, 2295 Gable Road.

Columbia City

The city of Columbia City will not be hosting any events on Thursday, but an ice cream social and patriotic and folk-song singalong will be held Sunday, July 7. The event will be at the Caples House Museum, 1925 First St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundaes will be sold for $3, or $12 for a family group rate.

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