A Salute to Lake Oswego’s 4th of July Traditions

There is a long list of things I’ll be missing during the summer of COVID-19 but high on top of my list is Lake Oswego’s traditional 4th of July festivities. From the Lions pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park to fireworks over the lake, the day is magical from beginning to end.

In addition to all the city hoopla, our own family has hosted Camp Costello for the past four to five years, entertaining 15-20 of our kids’ friends under our roof. That is not happening this year but we do hope to connect with each of them on a Zoom call and carry on a Camp Costello tradition of sharing our “highs” and “lows” of the summer. I have a feeling that missing out on the 4th of July will be a low on many campers’ lists.

So as a tribute to the small town flavor that the 4th of July brings to Lake Oswego, I’d like to provide a pictorial salute (and a pancake recipe), highlighting how our family has grown up with our town’s traditions. And to check out what you’re missing this year, read one of my earlier blogs about 4th of July festivities in Lake Oswego.


And since we will be missing the Lions Club 4th of July pancake breakfast this year, I wanted to provide you with a pancake recipe to make at home. This one comes courtesy of Amanda Finks at The Wholesome Dish.



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Butter for greasing the pan -about 3 tablespoons
  • Maple syrup for serving


  • In a large bowl, add the milk, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. It’s ok to have small lumps of sour cream.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until no large clumps of dry flour remain, trying not to over mix. The batter should be very lumpy.
  • Melt about 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat until lightly bubbling and light brown.
  • Ladle the batter into the skillet making 3-4 pancakes (about 1/4 cup of batter each). Cook 3-4 minutes, until bubbles form on top of each pancake and the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Flip the pancakes. Cook 1-2 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Carefully wipe out any excess browned butter with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining butter and pancake batter.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup (and if you really want to channel the Lions Club experience, find some marionberry syrup to top things off).

If you’re considering moving in, out, or around Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and/or fill out the contact form below. I’d love to put my 30+ years experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego who loves living here to work for you! Enjoy the 4th!

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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