Protests for July 4


This 4th of July was celebrated with a number of community marches and protests, from downtown Portland to Maywood Park and Lake Oswego. In the evening, protesters gathered outside the Justice Center, some of them setting off fireworks in the parks and on the street. Around 10:40 PM, police began shooting tear gas and other munitions from the Federal Courthouse. At 11:09 PM they declared the gathering to be a riot and used tear gas, rubber bullets, and other munitions to clear people away from the area. This push continued north and west through downtown, continuing to tear gas crowds several blocks from the Justice Center area. Arrests and tear gas use continued for several hours, as groups of protesters marched and regrouped in Chapman and Lownsdale parks.

Scheduled Events

Anti-Independence Day March – noon at the PSU Native American Student & Community Center

BLM to Maywood Park – A Youth-led BLM Solidarity March – 2 PM

Youth BLM march in Lake Oswego – 3 PM

Bars Up Guns Down ride – 6 PM


Starting off downtown with the indigenous solidarity march:

The Maywood Park youth march begins with some words from Dr. LeRoy Haynes of the Albina Ministerial Alliance:


At the BLM march in Lake Oswego:

From the “Bars Up Guns Down” ride, which is just kicking off:

A rally in NW Portland:

Checking in at the Federal Courthouse:

We received word that Summer Taylor, one of the victims of a car attack at a protest in Seattle this week, has passed away.

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Tear gas and pepper balls are being fired from a window in the Federal Courthouse:

At 11:09 PM a riot was declared by PPB:

Smaller groups of protesters stayed out for several hours, while the police continued to use munitions and make sporadic arrests.




FOX News

Mark Morgan on border patrol deployed to Portland amid unrest


Area demonstrations aim to counter July 4th celebrations

The Oregonian

Twice on July Fourth, police declare riot in downtown Portland

Portland Mercury

Tear Gas Clouds Fourth of July Demonstrations in Portland

Willamette Week

An Independence Day Weekend of Bitter Confrontations Displayed Oregon in Turmoil


Agencies present

Munitions used

Number of arrests

15 named by PPB, 8 for Federal Protective Service 1 Federal


  • Disorderly Conduct II
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Interference with a Peace Officer
  • Harassment
  • Unlawful Direct of Light from a Laser Pointer
  • Riot
  • Resist Arrest
  • Attempted Assault of a Peace Officer
  • Escape III