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Fireworks light up the night as Waterfront Blues Festival wraps up

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Portland’s annual Waterfront Blues Festival ended with a boom as fireworks flew over the water to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Rose City.

The four-day event hosted bands from across the country. They played for hours as people danced, ate and drank. 

"It brings people from all over internationally and exposes Portland to what we have to offer here as far as the city itself," said Dane Baley, a local.

The annual event, hosted by the Oregon Food Bank, had a surprising change this year.

"In past years you would get access to the festival by donating canned goods, but because it has gotten so big, you have to buy a ticket," said a food bank organizer. "It really shows just how far we’ve come as a city and how much pride people take in giving back." 

The organization said the festival raised $1,002,047 to help thousands struggling with hunger.

Many camped out as early as 10 a.m. to get a good seat for the music and the fireworks. The festival offered food from various Portland food trucks and restaurants that kept lines growing. 

Boat owners on the waterfront were allowed to come in and out of their ports but could only listen to the music from afar. Security was on high alert at all corners of the venue to make sure things ran smoothly.

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