Fourth of July festivities span Malheur County

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Whether you love to celebrate July 4 with fireworks, food, music or just with family-friendly fun, there are plenty of events celebrating the founding of the nation throughout the county this week.

While Vale is in the midst of its annual Fourth of July celebration, which includes the Vale 4th of July Rodeo and Oregon Trail Days, here’s how other communities are celebrating:


Independence Day festivities in Adrian will start at 8 a.m. with a free community breakfast at the school district. Area veterans are welcome to join the feast, where they will have their names and years served announced. 

Breakfast will be followed by the annual Walking Horse Race at 10 a.m. Registration for the event will be 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. across from Don’s Lumber. The race features two divisions: one for adults and one for youth 14 and under. 

The cash entry fee for either division is $10. 

The flat-footed walking horse race will start at the top of Emerald Slope and will end in downtown Adrian in front of the Eastern Oregon City Hall outhouse. 

All participants will take home a ribbon for completing the race and the top four finalists in each division will receive a cash prize.

The fun in Adrian continues with the Fourth of July parade. Lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. at the elementary school. Entries for the parade can include bikes, classic cars, mules, floats, electric cars and wagons. No registration or fee is required.

The parade will start by the bus garage and go down Oregon Highway 201 before circling back through downtown.

Concluding the events will be the annual duck race put on by the Lions Club. The race will start at the Snake River bridge south of Adrian at noon. Top winners will receive cash prizes.


Fourth of July festivities will kick off Wednesday, July 3, at Bob’s Steaks n’ Spirits at 6 p.m. with live music by 2 Cents. The local band of four will play funk, reggae, jazz and blues. 


Ontario’s annual Independence Day Fireworks show will begin about 10:20 p.m. from the Malheur County Fairgrounds.

Have a news tip? Reporter Kristine de Leon: [email protected] or 541-473-3377.

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