People in St. Helens gathered to pay tribute to the nation and celebrate America's Independence Day during ceremonies in the city's Old Town District on Sunday, July 4.

Saluting the Flag

A soldier salutes as the American flag is raised during the afternoon Independence Day ceremony at the Columbia County Courthouse Square in St. Helens.

The Salute

Veterans and others salute as the American flag is raised during the Independence Day ceremony at the Columbia County Courthouse Square in St. Helens.

Raising of the Flag

The audience reacts as the American flag is raised during the afternoon Independence Ceremony in St. Helens.

Cookie Girls

These young ladies volunteered to serve cookies to those gathering for the Independence Day celebration in St. Helens.

Independence Day Cookie

A child prepares to enjoy one of the cookies handed out to those gathering at the Independence Day celebration at St. Helens.

Packed Riverfront

People filled the St. Helens Riverfront during the Independence Day tailgating party.

Fireworks Preparation

The fireworks crew prepares the display at Sand Island.

The Display

Fireworks over the Columbia River during the Independence Day celebration at St. Helens.

The Fireworks Fund

This large red barrel stands ready to accept cash donations to help fund the future fireworks displays in St. Helens.

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