The Best Fourth of July Parade in the U.S. in Oregon!

The parade that will run down the main street of tiny Creswell, Oregon, on Tuesday is fun and authentic. A real-life community event in this town of 4,000, it’s got more soul than the made-up celebrations you see in big cities.

Creswell, OR (PRWEB) July 2, 2006 — The best Fourth of July parade in the United States, if not in the entire universe, will travel down the main street of tiny Creswell, Oregon, on Tuesday morning, according to a quirky Oregon travel website.

That’s because the Creswell parade remains a small-town event that hasn’t yet been taken over by big-city professionals, says theRealOregon.com, which lists off-the-wall things to see and do in Oregon.

“The Creswell parade is down-home, it’s honest and it’s fun,” the website says. “It’s got goofy floats that aren’t trying to be goofy. It has log trucks and fire engines and dump trucks and tractors. You can still throw candy to children along the parade route. And it’s better than any big-city parade we’ve ever seen.”

A favorite moment in a recent Creswell parade came when a young boy doing tricks on his bike fell to the pavement in front of the crowd and didn’t get right up.

While the crowd cheered, Batman – who happened to be the next parade entry, in full costume — came to the rescue, scooping up the stunned child with a flourish of his bat cape and delivering him to his parents.

“Thank you Batman!” the crowd cheered.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and circles for several blocks through town. Most years an air national guard fighter jet flies above the parade route to kick the festivities into gear.

After the parade wraps up, people head for nearby Holt Park to listen to live music and feast on a chicken barbecue.

The town of 4,000 people sits in western Oregon’s Willamette Valley 11 miles south of the university town of Eugene. Get there early; word is spreading, and there’s been a traffic jam the last few years at I-5 exit 182 as people congregate at parade time.

TheRealOregon.com, which debuted this spring, features dozens of articles on “Oregon for the eccentric traveler.”

Illustrated with black and white photography, it describes the rain-soaked state of Oregon as “hopelessly wet and moldy” but urges people to sample the charm of foggy coastal fishing towns and the expansive skies of the empty eastern desert.

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