You can watch fireworks in pretty much any American city on the Fourth of July, but there are only so many places you can celebrate the 238th anniversary of our patriotic rejection of British colonial rule – the Declaration of Independence – by floating trash down a river, demonstrating your prowess with a chainsaw, or just hanging with Willie Nelson. So if you’re looking for the best (and most uniquely American) ways and places to spend the Fourth this year, look no further.
Estacada Timber Festival - Estacada, Oregon
Logging played a pivotal role in the growth of American industry, and nowhere is that heritage – and continuing reality – felt more clearly than the Pacific Northwest. To truly appreciate the legacy of timber production in Oregon, you could read Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion (recommended), or you could come to the Estacada Timber Festival. The annual event celebrates logging culture in all of its caulked-boot glory with a day full of choker setting, double bucking, tree pole climbing, and lots of other great games you have to see to fully understand.
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