Festivities kicked off with a 5-k run that ended along the riverfront.
“It’s a good way for people to be active,” said runner Eric McDougal, a runner at Crescent Valley High School. “It’s a beautiful day out today, and just a good way to celebrate the 4th of July.”
“It’s a good way to be around other people and get to know new people,” said Levi Atkinson, also a CVHS runner.
After the run, floats filled the streets of downtown Corvallis for the town’s annual parade.
Kids lined the sidewalks and rushed out to pick up pieces of candy from the floats.
“I love getting the candy!” said Eddie Kai.
For others, the festivities mean spending time with those they care about.
“Definitely being with family is a big part of the holidays for us,” said Shaen Germain, who is visiting relatives in Corvallis.
The Red White & Blue Festival is also going on along the waterfront, an annual event the Downtown Corvallis Association puts on. Friday’s activities go until 10:30 p.m with music, food, and crafts. The event is free but the group is accepting donations to cover the cost of putting the festival on.
Fireworks will start along the riverfront at dusk.