Your guide to Salem’s Fourth of July celebration at the fairgrounds

Demolition derby, basketball among friends and a fireworks show will be part of Salem’s 2024 Fourth of July Spectacular at the state fairgrounds.

The gates will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, and the free, 20-minute fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets can be bought online at varying prices for other activities. Food and beverages will be on tap.

Organizers recommend bringing blankets and chairs for the fireworks.

They will donate $2 from every ticket to the Salem YMCA’s affordable veteran housing building, Courtney Place.

Parking is paid for the event, including for the fireworks show. VIP parking costs $20 per car and can only be bought in advance online, and general parking costs $10 per car. 

The event will take place at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, 2330 17th St. N.E., which is organizing the event along with the city of Salem. This is your guide to the festivities.

VIP Party Zone — country and 80s music

$7 online, $12 at the door for all ages

Performing in this area will be McKayla Marie, a country music artist from the Eugene area, and Radical Revolution, a “high-energy” 80s tribute band, according to a statement from organizers. Performances will start at 4 p.m.

Veterans will get free admission to the VIP Zone.

Several veterans will be presented on stage with a Quilt of Valor, “a machine or hand-made quilt awarded to a service member touched by war, as a thank-you for their sacrifice,” according to the statement. There is no set time for this presentation, which will be on the Spirit of Oregon Stage.

Bounce N’ Battle Fun Zone – games, sports and bouncy house

$22 online, $27 at the door for all ages

$12 online, $17 at the door for kids 10 and under

This ticket provides access to 11 attractions, including:

  • Hoopshot Showdown, in which friends can compete in a basketball game
  • Baseball toss
  • Mini golf
  • Inflatable ax throw
  • Facepainting for kids
  • Bounce houses for toddlers

All activities in the Bounce N’ Battle Fun Zone are appropriate for children of all ages.  There will be two bounce houses specifically for kids ages 5 and under.

A row of corn hole boards were set up for kids to enjoy during the Fourth of July Spectacular at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on July 4, 2023. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Demolition Derby – 7:30 p.m.

$22 online, $27 at the door

$12 online, $17 at the door for kids 10 and under

Free for 2 and under, must be secured in a child carrier pack or sit in lap

Twenty mid-size demolition derby cars will compete in the Pavilion “until the last car is running and crowned the champion,” according to organizers’ statement.

Demolition Derby tickets include admission to VIP Party Zone.

Package deal

$37, or $17 for kids 10 & under

This ticket provides admission to the VIP Party Zone, Bounce N’ Battle, and Demolition Derby, which can otherwise be bought separately.

Monster truck ride

$12 for all ages

Take a three-to-five-minute ride in an American Thunder Monster Truck.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.