PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — From craft beer festivals to lawn games in parks — the Portland metro area is pulling out all of the stops this Fourth of July.
KOIN 6 News reporter Jennifer Dowling visited many patriotic celebrations on Thursday in Multnomah and Washington counties.
Many families visited Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton for face painting, bounce houses, music and food carts.
“We are just here as a family, enjoying a little bit of the community and hoping to see some friends here, too,” said Courtney Bonifacio.
“It’s really, really cool to be at this park,” said Darwin Bonifacio. “We’ve never been here before to see all the statues and names of the veterans — it’s really cool that we are honoring them this way.”
Meanwhile, many people were picking fresh blueberries and raspberries and enjoying music and wine tasting at the Smith Berry Barn Festival in Hillsboro. Kids had fun meeting and feeding some friendly goats and chickens.
Thursday also marked the start of the fifth-annual Portland Craft Beer Festival at The Fields Park. Visitors can enjoy live music, lawn games and food while sipping on beer, cider and wine from more than 50 Portland-based vendors.
Joseph Sundberg, the co-owner of the festival, said the event celebrates the 82 working breweries within Portland city limits.
The brew fest lasts through Sunday, July 7. It’s open to those 21 and older from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sunday is open to all ages from noon to 5 p.m.