There’s still time to get advance tickets for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver on Monday, July 4, at the Fort Vancouver National Site. It’s a full day of family fun with live music, games and entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The event is produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust and sponsored by Bank of America. See fireworks launching to 500 feet high and covering a radius of 500 feet with special effects. The 2016 display will once again be staged from Pearson Air Field and synchronized to music.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and live entertainment kicks off at noon. The Kids’ Patriotic Parade presented by Fred Meyer begins at 4 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at 10:05 p.m. The Vancouver Toyota Main Stage features bands like the Rock Steady 234th Army Band, Andy Stokes Band, and The Nu Wavers. Guests can also take guided walking tours of the Vancouver Barracks, enter the reconstructed Fort Vancouver for $3 (free for age 15 and under!), take a bi-plane ride at Pearson Airport, and visit the beverage pavilion featuring local wine and microbrews.
General admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the gate for those 13 and over. Kids 12 and under are free. Presale general admission tickets are available at any Southwest Washington Fred Meyer. Prime Viewing tickets are $25-$50 and provide ticketholders with access to the exclusive Prime Viewing area, where they will enjoy a 4th of July picnic dinner, live music and unobstructed front row seats to the fireworks show. To purchase tickets, visit www.fortvan.org/fourth, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360-992-1808.