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Where to Watch Fireworks in Portland for Fourth of July 2019

Catch Portland’s fireworks at these spots

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It’s almost the Fourth of July, when thousands of Portlands gather to celebrate their — let’s face it — often-wavering patriotism by watching big, colorful explosions in the sky. As usual, the main display is right above the Willamette River, and while the Waterfront Blues Fest always brings in the largest crowds, there are a few other options around town for a bite and a drink to enjoy the show.

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Altabira City Tavern

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Featuring a beautiful view of the river, this beer-focused Northwestern restaurant will serve a four-course dinner with a view of the pyrotechnics. Dinner is $65, not including gratuity or beverages, and each course (besides the s’mores dessert) comes with multiple options like Oregon cherry gazpacho, smoked wedge salad, lobster corndogs, smoked short ribs, cedar-plank salmon, and vegetarian kebabs. Seatings are at 7 p.m. only, with reservations available by phone.

Portland City Grill

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The original restaurant with a view, Portland City Grill is almost too tall to watch the fireworks from, but for those who would rather stay inside with a more relaxed viewing, it makes a great option. The best angle is in the bar, which is first come, first serve and does not accept reservations, so the interested should get there early and be prepared to camp out (but not without ordering).

Roof Deck at Revolution Hall

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Atop Revolution Hall in the historic Washington School is the appropriately named Roof Deck at Revolution Hall. Open seasonally and dependent on the weather, The Roof Deck offers a knockout views on the east side, and even with the constant construction in Southeast Portland, visitors will still be able to watch the fireworks with a drink in hand.

Clarklewis Restaurant

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For Independence Day, the elegantly industrial Northwestern restaurant Clarklewis will celebrate with a special dinner and a fireworks party. The three-course dinner, served from 5 to 10 p.m., is $55 and includes options at each course, including grilled peach and tomato salad, corn gazpacho, grilled chicken breast, smoked pork loin, apple crisp, and chocolate cake. Outside, the restaurant will host a fireworks viewing party with a live swing band, hay bales, ice cream, and cocktail service for customers.

The colorful and contemporary Xport Bar and Lounge at the Porter Hotel vies for rooftop dominance of downtown PDX, with the help of its view of the river from the northern patio. There, visitors can grab a drink and watch the show from the comfort of one of the patio’s couches or bar seats.

Mount Tabor

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Though far from the river, the top of Mount Tabor, which rises gently from the center of Southeast Portland, offers a stunning and quiet view of the fireworks. Eater Portland’s suggestion is to start at the nearby James Beard-award-nominated Coquine for a romantic prix fixe dinner and some killer wine, followed by one of Katy Millard’s famous chocolate chip cookies at the top of the mountain.

Waterfront Blues Festival

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The iconic Waterfront Blues Fest brings in thousands of guests every year, and is arguably the most traditional way to catch the fireworks display above the Willamette River. The four-day event kicks off this year on Thursday, July 4th, with music all day long starting at noon, plus beer and food vendors throughout. Four-day passes start at $50 and go up to $1250 for those who really want to go all out, while day passes are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Find them here.

King Tide Fish & Shell

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The recently rebranded King Tide Fish and Shell in the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel has a front-row seat to the fireworks display, and is taking full advantage of it with a party and buffet on the patio. Guests can find Fourth of July staples like smoked brisket, grilled salmon, whole roasted pig, and cobbler. Dinner is served from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the fireworks display over the river. The party is $99 for adults and $60 for kids, and reservations are required by calling.

Portland Spirit Cruises & Events

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One of the more indulgent ways to enjoy the display is after a meal and drinks on a boat. The Portland Spirit boats leave from Salmon Springs Dock for a leisurely float down the river with dinner, then return for a dockside view of the fireworks. The full experience is $104, including dinner, gratuity, and entertainment, with tickets available here.  

Oaks Park

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Kid-friendly amusement park, picnic site, and roller-skating venue Oaks Park is hosting its own fireworks display and staying open until midnight. Access to the park is just $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 15, and $4 for seniors over 60, with picnic tables first come, first serve. Families should bring their own food for a picnic, but outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

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Altabira City Tavern

Featuring a beautiful view of the river, this beer-focused Northwestern restaurant will serve a four-course dinner with a view of the pyrotechnics. Dinner is $65, not including gratuity or beverages, and each course (besides the s’mores dessert) comes with multiple options like Oregon cherry gazpacho, smoked wedge salad, lobster corndogs, smoked short ribs, cedar-plank salmon, and vegetarian kebabs. Seatings are at 7 p.m. only, with reservations available by phone.

Portland City Grill

The original restaurant with a view, Portland City Grill is almost too tall to watch the fireworks from, but for those who would rather stay inside with a more relaxed viewing, it makes a great option. The best angle is in the bar, which is first come, first serve and does not accept reservations, so the interested should get there early and be prepared to camp out (but not without ordering).

Roof Deck at Revolution Hall

Atop Revolution Hall in the historic Washington School is the appropriately named Roof Deck at Revolution Hall. Open seasonally and dependent on the weather, The Roof Deck offers a knockout views on the east side, and even with the constant construction in Southeast Portland, visitors will still be able to watch the fireworks with a drink in hand.

Clarklewis Restaurant

For Independence Day, the elegantly industrial Northwestern restaurant Clarklewis will celebrate with a special dinner and a fireworks party. The three-course dinner, served from 5 to 10 p.m., is $55 and includes options at each course, including grilled peach and tomato salad, corn gazpacho, grilled chicken breast, smoked pork loin, apple crisp, and chocolate cake. Outside, the restaurant will host a fireworks viewing party with a live swing band, hay bales, ice cream, and cocktail service for customers.

Xport

The colorful and contemporary Xport Bar and Lounge at the Porter Hotel vies for rooftop dominance of downtown PDX, with the help of its view of the river from the northern patio. There, visitors can grab a drink and watch the show from the comfort of one of the patio’s couches or bar seats.

Mount Tabor

Though far from the river, the top of Mount Tabor, which rises gently from the center of Southeast Portland, offers a stunning and quiet view of the fireworks. Eater Portland’s suggestion is to start at the nearby James Beard-award-nominated Coquine for a romantic prix fixe dinner and some killer wine, followed by one of Katy Millard’s famous chocolate chip cookies at the top of the mountain.

Waterfront Blues Festival

The iconic Waterfront Blues Fest brings in thousands of guests every year, and is arguably the most traditional way to catch the fireworks display above the Willamette River. The four-day event kicks off this year on Thursday, July 4th, with music all day long starting at noon, plus beer and food vendors throughout. Four-day passes start at $50 and go up to $1250 for those who really want to go all out, while day passes are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Find them here.

King Tide Fish & Shell

The recently rebranded King Tide Fish and Shell in the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel has a front-row seat to the fireworks display, and is taking full advantage of it with a party and buffet on the patio. Guests can find Fourth of July staples like smoked brisket, grilled salmon, whole roasted pig, and cobbler. Dinner is served from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the fireworks display over the river. The party is $99 for adults and $60 for kids, and reservations are required by calling.

Portland Spirit Cruises & Events

One of the more indulgent ways to enjoy the display is after a meal and drinks on a boat. The Portland Spirit boats leave from Salmon Springs Dock for a leisurely float down the river with dinner, then return for a dockside view of the fireworks. The full experience is $104, including dinner, gratuity, and entertainment, with tickets available here.  

Oaks Park

Kid-friendly amusement park, picnic site, and roller-skating venue Oaks Park is hosting its own fireworks display and staying open until midnight. Access to the park is just $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 15, and $4 for seniors over 60, with picnic tables first come, first serve. Families should bring their own food for a picnic, but outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

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