The Fort Vancouver Fireworks Show is back!
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From Press Release:
After a year's hiatus, July 4th fireworks are returning to Fort Vancouver. For 46 years, the Vancouver community celebrated July 4 th with a day-long event culminating in a spectacular fireworks show over Fort Vancouver. In 2009, the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust which produces and finances theevent, cancelled it due to limited funding. This year the Trust, with support from Bank ofAmerica and other partners, corporations and individuals, is bringing a renewed July 4 th event to the Vancouver community: Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presentedby Bank of America.
Attendees will enjoy a renewed focus on family, community and fun. The gates open at 8a.m. The venues, including entertainment on four stages spread throughout the historic site, begin at 12:00 noon. The fireworks show begins at 10:05 p.m. The community can help light up the sky at Fort Vancouver this July 4 by donating toward the event on its website, www.FortVan.org.
Fireworks: Returning to the event's roots, the celebration will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show launched not from a barge in the Columbia River, but from Pearson Field, as it was years ago. Not only will the fireworks be a half-mile closer thanin recent years, but the display will be directly overhead and will include a wider range ofpyrotechnics compared to past fireworks shows. The best place to view the fireworks is atthe Fort Vancouver National Site. It is unlikely that the fireworks will be visible forpeople who are not at Fort Vancouver.
Fireworks Prime Viewing Area: New this year is a fireworks prime viewing area where prime viewing area ticket holders will enjoy a catered picnic by Beaches, live music on the acoustic stage and a spectacular view of the launch site and the fireworks. Prime viewing tickets are $50 for ages 21 and above, $25 for those aged 20 and below. The prime viewing area is just south of the Pearson Air Museum.
Activities: Families will find a full slate of fun activities to enjoy throughout the day. Theatmosphere will be like an old-fashioned country fair with a fun, family-friendly focus.
- Live music and more on four stages: main stage, children's stage and a heritage stage—and in the fireworks prime viewing area, an acoustic stage
- Children's entertainment including puppet shows, hula dancing, old-fashioned children's games like three-legged races, face painting and more—and all free!
- Guided walking tours along Officers Row
- Patriotic parade of vintage fire trucks, military vehicles and cars, led by children festively dressed in red, white and blue
- Teens will enjoy music, crafts, water balloon competitions, dollar cage and more
- Live music, great food and a Beaches Cabana beer garden will appeal to adults
- Historical elements include black powder demonstrations, Victorian croquetgames, 1880s waltz demonstrations, Chinook wa-wa language lessons and more
- Bi-plane rides from Cap'n Mac (fee)
Admission: In order to make the new event economically sustainable, the FortVancouver National Trust is charging a nominal admission fee to those ages 13 andolder. Children ages 12 and under are free. Save $2 per ticket by purchasing ticketsonline through midnight on July 3—and pay only $5. Tickets are available to purchaseonline at www.FortVan.org. Tickets purchased at the gate on July 4 will be $7 for ages13 and above
Q: Will there be a July 4 event at Fort Vancouver this year?
A:Yes! It's an all-new event with a new name and a fun, family-friendly focus.
Q: What is the event's new name?
A: Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America
Q: Will there be a fireworks show at this event?
A: Absolutely! The fireworks will be launched from Pearson Field. Not only will the fireworks be a half-mile closer than in previous years, but the fireworks display will be directly overhead and will include a wider range of pyrotechnics compared to past fireworks shows.
Q: Where will be the best spot to see the fireworks?
A: The best place to view the fireworks show is at the Fort Vancouver National Site. The fireworks will be launched from Pearson Field, just as they were for many years.
Q: Will fireworks be visible from Clark College, the Columbia River or Portland?
A: The fireworks will be set off at Pearson Field at Fort Vancouver National Site instead of from a barge in the Columbia River, so it is unlikely that the fireworks will be visible for people who are not at Fort Vancouver. Join us and enjoy the show!
Q: What can my family do at Fort Vancouver National Site while we are waiting for the fireworks show?
A: Families will find a full slate of fun activities throughout the day. The atmosphere will be like an old-fashioned country fair with a fun, family-friendly focus.
- Live music and more entertainment on four stages: main stage, acoustic stage,children's stage and a heritage stage.
- For kids:Ãƒâ€š puppet shows, gunny sack races, face painting and more–and all of it free!
- Patriotic parade ofÃƒâ€š military vehicles and cars, led by children festively dressed in red, white and blue.
- For teen:Ãƒâ€š music, crafts, water balloon competitions, dollar cage and more.
- For adults:Ãƒâ€š music, guided walking tours, great food and a beer garden
- Historical elements:Ãƒâ€š black powder demonstrations,Ãƒâ€š Abe Lincoln,Ãƒâ€š Victorian croquet games,Ãƒâ€š old-time fiddlers, more
Q: When does the event begin?
A: The gates open at 8 a.m. The venues and entertainment begin at 12:00 noon.
Q: When do the fireworks begin?
A: The fireworks begin at 10:05 p.m.
Q: Is there an admission fee to attend this fun, all-day event?
A:Yes. In order to make this event sustainable for our community, admission will be chargedÃƒâ€š for adults and teens. Children ages 12 and under are free. Save $2 per ticket!Purchase and printÃƒâ€š tickets online through midnight on July 3–and pay only $5 for ages 13 and above. If youÃƒâ€š wait to purchase your tickets at the gateÃƒâ€š only July 4, ticketsÃƒâ€š will be $7. Buy Tickets.
Q: Can I purchase tickets for those in need?
A: Yes, you can purchase tickets for economically disadvantaged families. The Trust will distribute these donated tickets through several local organizations.
Q: What if I am a vendor, have an arts and crafts booth or want to volunteer?
A: If you cannot find what you need on this website, call the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1800.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: Call the Fort Vancouver National Trust, 360-992-1800.