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Fourth of July in Ridgefield: Fun Run, Parade & Fireworks!

Ridgefield is a small town with a big heart, renowned for its charming Fourth of July celebration that captures the town’s all-American spirit. There will be something for everyone: free outdoor entertainment, a fun run, contests and games, food and beverages, including a pancake breakfast and a salmon barbecue, arts and crafts, a pet-and-kid parade, street dancing, entertainment by Tony Starlight, a pie eating contest, and—the pièce de résistance—a giant Independence Day parade. Funding for this community event is raised through private and business donations, vendor fees, and other application fees—not to mention the unsung but deeply appreciated efforts of many, many volunteers. Around 5,000 people are expected to attend this year. And yes, there will be fireworks! For complete details, visit www.ridgefield4th.com.

The Independence Run follows an out-and-back course on rolling rural roads, starting and finishing in downtown Ridgefield. Walkers are welcome, too! Race-day registration opens at 7 a.m., the Kids’ Dash begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K and 10K adults races start at 8 a.m. The advance registration fee for the 5K is $30 with a t-shirt or $20 without; the registration fee for the 10K is $40 with a t-shirt or $30 without. To register online, click here. All fees are $5 more on the day of the run. For more information, visit http://www.runridgefield.com/july4th.html.

The Fourth of July also marks the Old Liberty Theater‘s 20th anniversary. The theater—as well as Seasons Café in the lobby—opened for business on July 4, 1997. To celebrate two decades as a family owned and operated small business, Seasons Café is serving a very patriotic (and delicious) dish from 8 a.m. to noon: Belgian-style waffles with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream! The Old Liberty will be serving up waffles on weekend mornings from here on out—but you can be one of the first to try them!

Fourth of July in Ridgefield

Ridgefield is a small town with a big heart, renowned for its charming Fourth of July celebration that captures the town’s all-American spirit. There will be something for everyone: free outdoor entertainment, a fun run, contests and games, food and beverages, including a pancake breakfast and a salmon barbecue, arts and crafts, a pet-and-kid parade, street dancing, entertainment by Tony Starlight, a pie eating contest, and—the pièce de résistance—a giant Independence Day parade. Funding for this community event is raised through private and business donations, vendor fees, and other application fees—not to mention the unsung but deeply appreciated efforts of many, many volunteers. Around 5,000 people are expected to attend this year. And yes, there will be fireworks! For complete details, visit www.ridgefield4th.com.

The Independence Run follows an out-and-back course on rolling rural roads, starting and finishing in downtown Ridgefield. Walkers are welcome, too! Race-day registration opens at 7 a.m., the Kids’ Dash begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K and 10K adults races start at 8 a.m. The advance registration fee for the 5K is $30 with a t-shirt or $20 without; the registration fee for the 10K is $40 with a t-shirt or $30 without. To register online, click here. All fees are $5 more on the day of the run. For more information, visit http://www.runridgefield.com/july4th.html.

The Fourth of July also marks the Old Liberty Theater‘s 20th anniversary. The theater—as well as Seasons Café in the lobby—opened for business on July 4, 1997. To celebrate two decades as a family owned and operated small business, Seasons Café is serving a very patriotic (and delicious) dish from 8 a.m. to noon: Belgian-style waffles with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream! The Old Liberty will be serving up waffles on weekend mornings from here on out—but you can be one of the first to try them!

4th of July at Fort Vancouver!

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 events@fortvan.org, or call 360-992-1808.