MONMOUTH-INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence host the biggest Fourth of July celebration in the area this weekend with Western Days 2004.
The annual Mini-Marathon starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 4, followed at 1:30 p.m. by two separate children's parades.
The Monmouth children's parade takes place at Western Oregon University. The Independence children's parade takes place at the Central High School parking lot.
The grand parade begins at 2 p.m. and makes its way from Western Oregon University to Riverview Park in Independence.
Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, at Riverview Park.
Live entertainment and other activities pack the schedules at Riverview Park as well as Monmouth's Main Street Park.
A complete guide to Western Days appears in this week's Itemizer-Observer.