Tigard, located 10 miles south of Portland, is a bustling city with a thriving community devoted to arts and culture, history and recreation. Tigard, which was once known as Tigardville, was named after Wilson Tigard, patriarch to one of the early families of settlers. Today, Tigard offers some of the best shopping in Oregon, great golf and top-notch community theatre. No community in Washington County would be complete without a festival, and Tigard is no exception. Summertime brings an array of festivities such as the Festival of Balloons, held each June; the Fourth of July fireworks celebration and the Tigard Blast, which commemorates the end of summer.