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Independence Day activities abound

If you have yet to plan your Fourth of July festivities, don’t fret. There’s an abundance of fun-filled community activities to keep you entertained well into the evening.

Hot air balloon rides

Start your day “up, up and away” with a hot air balloon ride at Triangle Park in Burns. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the tethered rides are sure to have you on cloud nine.


You’ll have a second opportunity to see the hot air balloon when it appears as a float in the parade down North Broadway Avenue in Burns. Check-in for parade participants will be from 9-10 a.m. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. with a flyover by the U.S. Air Force that will certainly awe audiences of all ages.

Elks Street Dance

If you’re looking to “get your groove on” this Independence Day, shimmy on over to the Burns Elks Lodge parking lot, 118 N. Broadway Ave. in Burns, for a street dance, starting at 11 a.m. If all that boogieing makes you hungry, you can purchase a burger on site.

Community picnic

A community picnic will take place at Hines Park from 12:30-2:30 p.m., with food donated by McDonald’s, Erickson’s Thriftway and Safeway. The Burns High School cheerleaders will host an afternoon of games, and the dunk tank is sure to be a splash.

Fourth of July Celebration

A Fourth of July celebration will be held at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines, from 12-5 p.m. 

There will be games for all ages, bounce houses, and a hot dog eating contest. A hamburger and hot dog lunch will be served from 12-2 p.m., and attendants are asked to bring a side dish to share.


The day’s celebratory activities will culminate in a fireworks display at the Harney County Fairgrounds at dusk. Provided by the Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines, the show will surely conclude this year’s holiday bash with a bang!

Samantha White

Samantha White was born and raised in Harney County, and she graduated from Burns High School in 2005. After high school, she attended the University of Oregon where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in magazine journalism. White was hired as a reporter for the Burns Times-Herald in September 2012.

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