Downtown Portland fireworks ‘better than ever’

Multnomah County

The 20-minute show took hundreds of hours to prepare

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Downtown Portland was dazzled by a spectacular fireworks show on Thursday night!

This year’s Fourth of July fireworks show lasted about 20 minutes but it took Western Display Fireworks hundreds of hours to organize.

All of the fireworks were digitally timed to music and lit from the deck of a barge anchored in the Willamette River near Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

2019 Portland fireworks show in photos

Thousands of people watched the show — many from the Waterfront Blues Festival, while others stopped their cars on the Hawthorne Bridge to take in the display.

Watch the full fireworks show

One newlywed couple who watch the fireworks every year told KOIN 6 News this summer’s show was “better than ever.”

Portland Fire and Rescue patrolled the river before and during the show to ensure the event was a safe one.

“We’re just out here to make sure everyone is safe between the paddle boarders, kayakers, larger boats,” said Lt. Jarrod Miller ahead of the fireworks show. “If there is a fire or mechanical issue or if someone goes in the water.”

KOIN 6 reporter Cole Miller talks with Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Jarrod Miller, July 4, 2019. (KOIN)

The show went off without a hitch and spectators and emergency personnel alike enjoyed a fun-filled night celebrating Independence Day.

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