Where to Celebrate Independence Day 2017 in Portland

by Alexander Frane on Jun 27, 2017 in Roundups
 
Though the United States doesn’t feel so united these days, that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to celebrate the birth of our country. And sometimes, it’s best to have a drink in hand while you’re doing so. Whether it’s patriotism or just an abiding love for grilled meats, frosty beers, and vibrant celestial explosions, here are the best spots to celebrate Independence Day 2017 in Portland. Let us know where you’ll be celebrating on our Facebook or Twitter.

Waterfront Blues Festival
The iconic Portland 4th of July party, the Waterfront Blue Festival is celebrating its 30th year in 2017. Starting on Friday, June 30, the party runs through the entire weekend with over 150 performances of blues, jazz, dance music, rock & roll, and more. Food carts and beer gardens will be provided, and the entire show culminates at 10 PM on the 4th of July with the national anthem played by Andy Stokes, the “Northwest’s King of Soul”, followed by the official fireworks display launched from the river. Tickets range from $50 for a five-day pass, to $1,250 for an exclusive “patron pass”, which grants access to multiple extra events. Get your tickets here before they sell out. (Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Altabira City Tavern
Altabira, at the top of the Hotel Eastland, has one of the best views of the river, and, consequently, the official fireworks. For front row seats to the display, as well as a prix fixe meal, make your reservations for Altabira. The three course dinner is $65 per person, and includes multiple options with each course. Chilled melon soup with mint and creme fraiche; house made andouille sausage with red beans & rice; half BBQ chicken with potato salad and baked beans; roasted King Salmon with collard greens and sweet corn grits; strawberry shortcake with toasted marshmallow, chocolate chip ice cream, and pistachio brittle; and warm Maryhill peach cobbler with lavender honey ice cream and pistachio brittle are just a few of the options that will be served. Wine and beer pairings will also be available for purchase. Reservations are available between 7 PM and 8:30 PM, and the fireworks launch at 10:05 PM. (1021 NE Grand Ave. #600; 503-963-3600)

OP Wurst
Nothing says Fourth of July like hot dogs and beer, which is exactly what you’ll find at Olympia Provisions’ sausage shop and bar, OP Wurst. This 4th of July, join them for $5 sausages, $5 rosé, $2 beer, and $2 kids’ hot dogs, plus other drink specials, classic sides (chips, potato salad, etc), and house cocktails. Entertainment will include cornhole, giant Jenga, Twister, and ping pong, as well as live music. The party starts at noon and goes until 9 PM, and cover is totally free. The event is all ages. (126 SW 2nd Ave.; 971-386-2199)

Bunk Bar
Bunk Bar, the sandwich shop and bar, goes all out every year for the holiday, and 2017 will be no exception. The block party kicks off at 2 PM, with burgers, dogs, Bunk sandwiches, frozen margaritas, beer, “frozé”, and more. Get there early for the food, and for the live music at 5 PM, featuring The Domestics, Coco Columbia, Kelli Schaefer, Gold Casio, Living Body and Wet Dream. Stick around until 10 PM, when you’ll be treated to an excellent view of the fireworks overhead. The event is free and all ages. (1028 SE Water Ave.; 503-477-9515)

Revolution Hall
Portland’s revamped music venue and bar space is having a party on the rooftop to celebrate. Revolution Hall’s “Grill Out Chill Out” invites you up to enjoy food, drinks, and live music— performers will be Mama Bird DJs’ Vincent Bancheri, Haley Heynderickx, and Sir Eric Loeffler & Ryan Oxford. $10 gets you in, as well as a hot dog and side (vegan options are available). Doors open at 6 PM, the show starts at 7 PM, and you should be able to see the fireworks from the rooftop venue. 21+. (1300 SE Stark St. #110; 503-288-3895)

Photo via Flickr user mrkumm

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