Hawthorne and Morrison bridges will be carfree for July 4th fireworks viewing

Views from Morrison Bridge are pretty fire. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Just a quick reminder that Multnomah County, in their infinite wisdom, will ban drivers from the Hawthorne and Morrison bridges on Thursday, July 4th so folks can watch the fireworks show in peace.

What better way to mark Independence Day than getting out of cars and into the community? (Who was around in 2005 when I posted a “Freedom From Cars Declaration“? Cringey, I know, but I was just a kid.)

The County says both bridges will be closed to all car and truck drivers from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Have fun!

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surly ogre
surly ogre
18 days ago

we should have fireworks every weekend in Portland

R
R
18 days ago

Important questions left unanswered: will the county deploy a fleet of gravel filled dump trucks to actually block motor vehicle access to the bridges?

R
R
17 days ago
Reply to  R

The bridge was closed by lightweight metal and plastic barricades that didn’t offer any physical protection.

mark
mark
17 days ago

So, how was it? Didn’t go myself.

notarealamerican
notarealamerican
17 days ago
Reply to  mark

Hundreds of kgs of air toxics and greenhouse gases spewed into the air for the evanescent amusement of real ‘murricans.

‘Murrica has the best 4th of July celebrations in the world!!!

Chris I
Chris I
17 days ago

It also slowed me down on my drive home, as people slowed and stopped on the Marguam Bridge, creating a large traffic jam.

David Hampsten
David Hampsten
16 days ago

‘Murrica has the best 4th of July celebrations in the world!!!

Aside from the British, who this year decided to hold national elections on July 4th, for a sharp change of government. (Unfortunately, they still seem to appoint the same family members to their executive branch, Charley someone or other who took over from his mom, who replaced her dad, who got the job from his brother, and so on through a long history of nepotism going back at least to 1483. We on the other hand “elect” our kings every 4 years.)

notarealamerican
notarealamerican
16 days ago
Reply to  David Hampsten

We on the other hand “elect” our kings every 4 years.

The UK has the constitutionally emasculated remnants of an imperial state that now exists solely for the amusement of fuddy duddies and yank tourists.

The USA, however, became a fully imperial state 5 days ago.

248 year of progress, ‘murrican style!

Watts
Watts
16 days ago

“best 4th of July celebrations in the world!!!”

I have to agree. I was in Canada for the 4th, and their celebration was pretty lame. No fireworks or anything.