July is the peak of summer in The Columbia Gorge. There is so much happening on the farm and in the valley you’ll want to plan a few extra days just to fit it all in! The first official month of summer kicks off with the annual 4th of July festivities starting with the Kollas/Cranmer Memorial Run from Odell to Hood River, followed by the parade through the Heights of Hood River. Follow the floats to Jackson Park for family friendly activities all day including the fireman’s BBQ lunch. Enjoy dinner in town and secure a spot early on the waterfront to watch the fireworks display. Check the Hood River Chamber website for details.
July is also the first “official” First Friday in downtown Hood River. For the months of July, August, and September, Oak Street is taken over by artists, vendors, and musicians. Stoll from store to store, taste local wines and perhaps an ice cream from Mike’s or frozen yogurt from Yum!
After all the festivities, save at least one day for touring the local fruit stands and wineries on the Fruit Loop. Midweek days are less crowded and offer a leisurely pace to enjoy the sights, chat with the farmers, and taste your way through the Hood River Valley. July is peak cherry season, pick your own or buy some fresh from one of the many local orchards. We don’t have any cherries on the Ridge anymore, but July is the start of the berry harvest so expect fresh raspberries, strawberries and blackberries to find their way to the table.
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