Portland Parks and Recreation’s “Summer Free for All” concerts, movies, mobile rock climbing wall, and other good stuff is now in full swing. Check it out here: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=50362 And at pick-your-own farms, blueberries, raspberries, and every kind of blackberry are ripening, and apricots, cherries, peaches, and apples will make their first appearance towards the end of the month. Look for a farm near you at http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm. If you are looking for a great way to celebrate July 4, you can check this list of the big fireworks displays: http://pdxpipeline.com/2012/06/28/july-4-where-to-watch-fireworks-portland-pictures-oregon/ or if you go to http://www.oregonlive.com/events/ and type in "fireworks" in the "search event listings" box, you'll get a list of 30 separate shows! Sometimes what small towns lack in big dollar displays, they make up for in how close you can get to safely watch them and how little hassle you have getting there and home.
"Molalla Buckeroo", Saturday, June 30, through Friday, July 6, Molalla, OR. "America's rodeos are living legacies of the working cowboy and cowgirl. Since its early beginnings the Molalla Buckeroo has become a classic example. The Fourth of July holiday is know as Cowboy Christmas in rodeo circles. Molalla's Buckeroo is one of the many that cowboys and other competitors have to choose from as the nation celebrates its birthday each summer." http://www.molallabuckeroo.com/2012Rodeo.aspx
"St. Paul Rodeo", Tuesday, July 3, through Friday, July 6, St. Paul, OR. "This rodeo is ranked as one of the top rodeos in the nation with prize monies approaching $500,000 and nearly a thousand competitors." It's also rather fun to watch. http://stpaulrodeo.com/