Since 1902 Independence Days, (formerly known as Western Days), has been a hometown tradition for locals. It’s a 4th of July party like no other, a special event planned for the community, by the community. Join us at the Riverview Park in downtown Independence, July 3rd-5th, 2024.  Enjoy three full days of non-stop fun as our community comes together to celebrate the birth of our great nation.

Event goers will be welcomed with upbeat live entertainment, wholesome family activities, and YMCA kid’s zone that will be the talk of the car ride home. We also have a diverse selection of food trucks and downtown restaurants that have ALL your favorites. There’s a Grand Parade that stretches from Monmouth to Independence, a rubber ducky derby on the Willamette River, fireworks and SO MUCH MORE!

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Since 1902 Independence Days, (formerly known as Western Days), has been a hometown tradition for locals. It’s a 4th of July party like no other, a special event planned for the community, by the community. Join us at the Riverview Park in downtown Independence, July 3rd-5th, 2024.  Enjoy three full days of non-stop fun as our community comes together to celebrate the birth of our great nation.

Event goers will be welcomed with upbeat live entertainment, wholesome family activities, and YMCA kid’s zone that will be the talk of the car ride home. We also have a diverse selection of food trucks and downtown restaurants that have ALL your favorites. There’s a Grand Parade that stretches from Monmouth to Independence, a rubber ducky derby on the Willamette River, fireworks and SO MUCH MORE!

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Since 1902 Independence Days, (formerly known as Western Days), has been a hometown tradition for locals. It’s a 4th of July party like no other, a special event planned for the community, by the community. Join us at the Riverview Park in downtown Independence, July 3rd-5th, 2024.  Enjoy three full days of non-stop fun as our community comes together to celebrate the birth of our great nation.

Event goers will be welcomed with upbeat live entertainment, wholesome family activities, and YMCA kid’s zone that will be the talk of the car ride home. We also have a diverse selection of food trucks and downtown restaurants that have ALL your favorites. There’s a Grand Parade that stretches from Monmouth to Independence, a rubber ducky derby on the Willamette River, fireworks and SO MUCH MORE!

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Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

We wouldn’t be able to give the community half as good of an event without the amazing contributions from our wonderful sponsors. Please join us in thanking these local businesses who are giving their time and money to help make this year’s event something extra special for our community.

Interested in sponsoring Indy Days, reach out to us!

Indy Days is a wonderful opportunity to support the local community and showcase your brand to a diverse audience. By becoming a sponsor, you can help us make this event even more memorable for everyone involved. Whether you are a small business looking to increase your visibility or a larger company seeking to connect with a new demographic, sponsoring Indy Days can be a fantastic way to achieve your goals. Get in touch with us now to discuss the various sponsorship options available and join us in making Indy Days a resounding success!

Event Schedule

There’s so much to do at the Independence 4th of July Event. View the schedule below to see all that is happening. 3 days packed of entertainment for all ages. 

  • Firework Show

  • Vendors

  • Mini Marathon

  • Car Show

  • Grand Parade

  • Kids Activities

  • Duck Derby Race on the River

  • Concerts

View the schedule online or print out your own copy of the schedule so you don’t miss a thing by viewing the PDF version.

Enter the

Independence Days Talent Show

Join the Independence Days talent show featuring cash prizes. Three age groups will be competing for the top spot. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or trying out your talents for the first time, this is your chance to showcase your skills and win big! The cash prizes are up for grabs for each age group, so no matter how old you are, you have a chance to take home a prize. Get ready to dazzle the audience with your talents and be part of a fun-filled celebration of Independence. Join us at the talent show and let your skills shine bright!

Talent Show

Enter the

Independence Days Talent Show

Join the Independence Days talent show featuring cash prizes. Three age groups will be competing for the top spot. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or trying out your talents for the first time, this is your chance to showcase your skills and win big! The cash prizes are up for grabs for each age group, so no matter how old you are, you have a chance to take home a prize. Get ready to dazzle the audience with your talents and be part of a fun-filled celebration of Independence. Join us at the talent show and let your skills shine bright!

Talent Show

Talent Show

Enter the

Independence Days Talent Show

Join the Independence Days talent show featuring cash prizes. Three age groups will be competing for the top spot. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or trying out your talents for the first time, this is your chance to showcase your skills and win big! The cash prizes are up for grabs for each age group, so no matter how old you are, you have a chance to take home a prize. Get ready to dazzle the audience with your talents and be part of a fun-filled celebration of Independence. Join us at the talent show and let your skills shine bright!

Vendors

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Downtown Independence is packed with many unique and diverse business vendors.  Blending food, music, culture, drinks, retail, and a whole lot of family fun.

Thank you for your interest in being a vendor at this year’s Independence Days Celebration. Sign up via the link below and don’t forget to read the vendor handbook prior to attending the celebration.

No Merchant Crafts

Volunteer

One of the best parts about volunteering is seeing the joy that your work has brought the community. There are so many people who look forward to the annual Independence Days event and we need volunteers to help bring this beloved tradition to life!

Interested in volunteering with the Independence Days Commission? Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator with the link below

Parade

The July 4th Grand Parade

Put on by the Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club 

For more information please contact the Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club.

The parade begins at historic Western Oregon University in Monmouth and travels Monmouth/Independence Hwy 51 (aka Main St. in Monmouth and Monmouth St. in Independence) to end at Riverview Park in Independence.

Please note that side streets will close ahead of the parade and remained closed for approximately 2 – 3 hours as the parade passes by. Alternative east to west roads are Hoffman Rd. north of town, and Stapleton Rd. south of town. Due to the 3 hour length of the parade, caution should be taken to protect participants and pets from potentially high heat conditions, and from walking on scorching pavement.

Parade

The July 4th Grand Parade

Put on by the Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club

For more information please contact the Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club.

The parade begins at historic Western Oregon University in Monmouth and travels Monmouth/Independence Hwy 51 (aka Main St. in Monmouth and Monmouth St. in Independence) to end at Riverview Park in Independence.

Please note that side streets will close ahead of the parade and remained closed for approximately 2 – 3 hours as the parade passes by. Alternative east to west roads are Hoffman Rd. north of town, and Stapleton Rd. south of town. Due to the 3 hour length of the parade, caution should be taken to protect participants and pets from potentially high heat conditions, and from walking on scorching pavement.

Fireworks and Entertainment

Get Your Gate Admission

The spectacular firework shows and live entertainment each day are made possible, in part through a gate admission fee. These gate funds are also distributed to various school teams and charitable organizations throughout our community, as they perform tasks in support of this complex community event.

  • This year (2024), following guidance from the resident-city council budget committee, wristbands will be available for $10 each for July 4 and July 5. However, we are pleased to offer a special discount for Independence residents: from June 3 to June 28, wristbands can be purchased for just $6 at the Independence Civic Center. To take advantage of this discount, residents will need to show proof of residence, such as an ID, utility bill, or a piece of mail. Please note, the $6 price is limited to six wristbands per family. July 3 remains free of charge.
  • July 3rd: No admission fee, no wristband required.

  • July 4th: Admission is $10 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

  • July 5th: Admission is $10 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

Fireworks and Entertainment

Get Your Gate Admission

The spectacular firework shows and live entertainment each day are made possible, in part through a gate admission fee. These gate funds are also distributed to various school teams and charitable organizations throughout our community, as they perform tasks in support of this complex community event.

  • This year (2024), following guidance from the resident-city council budget committee, wristbands will be available for $10 each for July 4 and July 5. However, we are pleased to offer a special discount for Independence residents: from June 3 to June 28, wristbands can be purchased for just $6 at the Independence Civic Center. To take advantage of this discount, residents will need to show proof of residence, such as an ID, utility bill, or a piece of mail. Please note, the $6 price is limited to six wristbands per family. July 3 remains free of charge.
  • July 3rd: No Admission Fee, No wrist bands required

  • July 4th: Admission is $10 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

  • July 5th: Admission is $10 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

Fireworks and Entertainment

Get Your Gate Admission

The spectacular firework shows and live entertainment each day are made possible, in part through a gate admission fee. These gate funds are also distributed to various school teams and charitable organizations throughout our community, as they perform tasks in support of this complex community event.

  • This year (2024), following guidance from the resident-city council budget committee, wristbands will be available for $10 each for July 4 and July 5. However, we are pleased to offer a special discount for Independence residents: from June 3 to June 28, wristbands can be purchased for just $6 at the Independence Civic Center. To take advantage of this discount, residents will need to show proof of residence, such as an ID, utility bill, or a piece of mail. Please note, the $6 price is limited to six wristbands per family. July 3 remains free of charge.
  • July 3rd: No admission fee, no wristbands required

  • July 4th: Admission is $10 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

  • July 5th: Admission is $10 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

Wristbands go on sale June 3.

Below is a list of participating locations in Independence where you can purchase your Independence Days wristbands.

All locations are CASH ONLY, except at the Independence Civic Center which accepts cash, debit and credit card. 

Independence Civic Center

555 S. Main Street

Independence Library

175 Monmouth Street

The Heritage Museum

281 S. 2nd Street

Independence Cinema

450 S. 2nd St.

Polk Co. Fire District 1

1800 Monmouth Stree

Wristbands go on sale June 3.

Below is a list of participating locations in Independence where you can purchase your Independence Days wristbands.

All locations are CASH ONLY, except at the Independence Civic Center which accepts cash, debit and credit card. 

Independence Civic Center

555 S. Main Street

Independence Library

175 Monmouth Street

The Heritage Museum

281 S. 2nd Street

Independence Cinema

450 S 2nd St.

Polk Co. Fire District 1

1800 Monmouth Stree

Wristbands go on sale June 3.

Below is a list of participating locations in Independence where you can purchase your Independence Days wristbands.

All locations are CASH ONLY, except at the Independence Civic Center which accepts cash, debit and credit card. 

Independence Civic Center

555 S. Main Street

Independence Library

175 Monmouth Street

The Heritage Museum

281 S. 2nd Street

Independence Cinema

450 S. 2nd St.

Polk Co. Fire District 1

1800 Monmouth Stree

In order to keep our event safe and fun for everyone, the following prohibitions will be in effect and enforced during all hours of operation.  All coolers, bags, strollers, backpacks, diaper bags and other storage items are subject to search for prohibited items at the admissions gates.  If such items are found, the owner has the option of either returning the item to their car/home or surrendering the item to the available collection boxes.  Collection boxes are turned over to the Independence Police Department at the end of each day.  Items will not be returned to the owner.

No Tents or Pop Ups

No Pets Allowed

We welcome ADA Protected Service Animals.  Service Animals as Defined by Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals either. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability.  For more information regarding a service animal handler’s responsibility to control their animal in public settings, please visit https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet

No Fireworks

of any kind. This includes sparklers.

No Weapons 

No Alcohol 

No BBQ’s, Camp Stoves 

or other heating elements that produce an open flame

No Bicycles

Bicycles, skateboards, long boards and scooters must be walked while within the event boundaries.

No Smoking 

except in designated and marked areas.  This includes cigarettes, vape pens and any other items that produce smoke upon exhalation.

In order to keep our event safe and fun for everyone, the following prohibitions will be in effect and enforced during all hours of operation.  All coolers, bags, strollers, backpacks, diaper bags and other storage items are subject to search for prohibited items at the admissions gates.  If such items are found, the owner has the option of either returning the item to their car/home or surrendering the item to the available collection boxes.  Collection boxes are turned over to the Independence Police Department at the end of each day.  Items will not be returned to the owner.

No Tents or Pop Ups

No Pets Allowed

We welcome ADA Protected Service Animals.  Service Animals as Defined by Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals either. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability.  For more information regarding a service animal handler’s responsibility to control their animal in public settings, please visit https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet

No Fireworks

of any kind. This includes sparklers.

No Weapons 

No Alcohol 

No BBQ’s, Camp Stoves 

or other heating elements that produce an open flame

No Bicycles

Bicycles, skateboards, long boards and scooters must be walked while within the event boundaries.

No Smoking 

except in designated and marked areas.  This includes cigarettes, vape pens and any other items that produce smoke upon exhalation.