On Thursday, July 4, at approximately 10 p.m., a volley of crackling lights will streak upwards, illuminating the night sky above Riverfront Park and mark the start of Salem's annual fireworks show. Held in Riverfront Park, the City's dazzling pyrotechnic display has delighted fireworks watchers of all ages since 2014.
"Fireworks have been an important part of celebrating Independence Day in America since 1777," says Becky George, Recreation Supervisor at the City of Salem. "The 4th of July just isn't the same without them. We're happy to provide a safe and fun way for the community to enjoy this festive American tradition."
The firework show is expected to last 20 to 25 minutes and will feature fireworks of all kinds, from those that glitter and twinkle like pixie dust, to bursts of sparkling, vibrant chrysanthemums.
To accommodate set-up for the show, the Riverfront Park boat dock will close by noon on July 4. Parking is provided in the north end of Riverfront Park (enter off Union Street NE), Wallace Marine Park, and downtown streets. Additional free parking is available within walking distance of Riverfront Park at downtown parking garages.
Attendees are welcome to bring blankets or low back chairs. Please arrive early to grab a good spot. The Riverfront Park amphitheater has been reserved to accommodate groups with their own canopies, barbecues, food and beverages. This space is first come, first serve. Outside alcohol and fireworks are prohibited in City parks.
CherryFestNW, which runs from July 4-7 in Riverfront Park, will have free admission on July 4, and features live music, adult beverages, a variety of food vendors, a carnival, and a Kid Zone.