Fourth of July

4th of July in Washougal

The Port of Camas-Washougal is bringing the community to the riverside this summer with its Fourth of July Celebration and Riverside Summer Concert Series in Marina Park, which blasts off with a bang on Tuesday, July 4.

Arrive early to park on the future site of the Washougal Waterfront Development, or choose the overflow lot on 2nd St., near the Best Western. Grab a hay ride on a tractor-pulled trailers and ride to Marina Park in style. The Children’s Patriotic Bike Parade starts at 4 p.m., with kids’ games and activities continuing until 5:30 p.m. Food available to purchase includes cotton candy, flavored popcorn, snow cones, tacos, elephant ears, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream and milkshakes, teriyaki bowls, hot dogs, gyros, and a beer garden hosted by the local Lions Club. At 6 p.m., an evening of music begins with We Three followed by 5 Guys Named Moe. At 10 p.m., the City of Washougal will launch its wow-inducing fireworks show, which grows more spectacular every year.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, come back to Marina Park for live music from 6 to 7 p.m. with King Louie and LaRhonda Steele, Edwin Colman III, and Renato Caranto. Then, local favorite Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts will entertain the audience from 8 to 9:30 p.m., wrapping up the concert with hits from the 50s and 60s.

There will be food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, games, and more at both events. The concerts are extremely popular—especially the Fourth of July celebration—so come early to save your spot. There’s free parking and no entry fee for either event. For more details, or to learn more about the Port of Camas-Washougal, visit www.portcw.com.

Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum & Visitor Center Open during Fourth of July Celebration

The National Park Service welcomes you to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to celebrate Independence Day! Due to the Independence Day celebration, visitors’ cars will not be permitted to enter or park in the park on Tuesday, July 4. However, all park facilities, including the Visitor Center, the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, and Pearson Air Museum, will be open to pedestrian access after visitors enter through one of the three security checked gates.

The park facilities will be open later than usual, with both Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum operating from noon until 8 p.m. and the park’s Visitor Center and Bookstore open from noon to 5 p.m. The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will also be operating a sales tent area on E. 5th St. from noon to 8 p.m., adjacent to the main entry path to the fort. The usual fees will apply to enter the fort ($5 for adults, children 15 and under are free), while there is no fee to enter the Visitor Center or Pearson Air Museum.

National Park Service staff and volunteers will be dressed in period costumes throughout the reconstructed fort to help bring the site to life and present the lifeways of the 19th century fur trade. The Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum will have exhibits and films available for viewing as well. Visitors can take a flight in a vintage 1930 bi-plane which will be operating from the taxiway adjacent to Pearson Air Museum. The operator, Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides, piloted by Mike Carpentiero, will be operating throughout the day. For more information on the costs of bi-plane rides, visit nostalgicwarbirdrides.com or call 512-203-2341.

For more information about Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, visit 4th.fortvan.org.

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver

It’s almost time for the Couve’s biggest, most glorious celebration: Independence Day at the Fort. This annual tradition has been going on for over 50 years, with an exceptional fireworks display, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and fun for the whole family. The best, however, is yet to come! Using state-of-the-art fireworks synchronized to music, the 2017 display will once again be launched from Pearson Field, providing attendees an amazing and exciting fireworks show.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust —which organizes and hosts the event ever year, along with community sponsors and partners and a vast army of volunteers—invites you to the Fort Vancouver Historic Site on the Fourth of July to view one of the best fireworks displays around. For the first time in many years, there’s no entrance fee. The event, which officially begins at 6 p.m. with live entertainment on the main stage, is once again completely free. (Donations, however, are most welcome in order to offset costs and keep the fireworks coming back, year after year.)

Bring your family, along with blankets and chairs and a picnic dinner (but no alcohol, please), and come down in the evening to claim your spot. Better yet, come earlier to enjoy the beautiful Fort Vancouver parade grounds, where vendors will be on site all day selling food and other fun things. Stroll along Officer’s Row or grab a bite to eat at Eatery at the Grant House. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy one of Vancouver’s most beloved traditions: a mind-blowingly giant fireworks display!

Prime Viewing ticket holders will have access to the exclusive Prime Viewing area, where they will be treated to a tasty 4th of July picnic dinner and a front row view to the spectacular fireworks show! Click on this Prime Viewing link for more information.

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!

Red, White & Blue: First Saturday in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday in July will get you in the patriotic spirit. Come to Ridgefield from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, for “Red, White & Blue Historical Fun.” Gain a new understanding of old Ridgefield on this day full of play and discovery. Enjoy in a red, white, and blue costume contest, play some games, savor cool treats for kids and grown-ups, go on a heritage-based scavenger hunt, meet the town elders, visit the wine and beer garden, and tap your toes to live music.

You can also pick up some fresh produce or get your kids involved in crafts at the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, get blown away by exploding science experiments at the Ridgefield Community Library (don’t worry, they’re SUPPOSED to explode!), enjoy root beer floats, enter a gunny sack race, and cool off with a misting tower. The Ridgefield Art Association will also be on hand with children’s art projects. Drop by Seasons Café at the Old Liberty Theater any time from 8 a.m. to noon for Red, White, and Blue Waffles: Belgian waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream.

And of course you can also enjoy the summer weather by walking through downtown and visiting the shops, biking along the waterfront, hiking a trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, or playing in one of the four downtown Ridgefield parks. For more information about this and other First Saturday events, visit http://ridgefieldwa.us/things-to-do/community-events/first-saturdays/.

Fort Vancouver, Visitor Center & Pearson Air Museum Open on July 4

The National Park Service welcomes you to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to celebrate Independence Day! Due to the Independence Day celebration, visitors’ cars will not be permitted to enter or park in the park on Tuesday, July 4. However, all park facilities, including the Visitor Center, the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, and Pearson Air Museum, will be open to pedestrian access after visitors enter through one of the three security checked gates.

The park facilities will be open later than usual, with both Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum operating from noon until 8 p.m. and the park’s Visitor Center and Bookstore open from noon to 5 p.m. The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will also be operating a sales tent area on E. 5th St. from noon to 8 p.m., adjacent to the main entry path to the fort. The usual fees will apply to enter the fort ($5 for adults, children 15 and under are free), while there is no fee to enter the Visitor Center or Pearson Air Museum.

National Park Service staff and volunteers will be dressed in period costumes throughout the reconstructed fort to help bring the site to life and present the lifeways of the 19th century fur trade. The Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum will have exhibits and films available for viewing as well. Visitors can take a flight in a vintage 1930 bi-plane which will be operating from the taxiway adjacent to Pearson Air Museum. The operator, Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides, piloted by Mike Carpentiero, will be operating throughout the day. For more information on the costs of bi-plane rides, visit nostalgicwarbirdrides.com or call 512-203-2341.

For more information about Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, visit 4th.fortvan.org.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more photos and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/FortVancouver/.

Fourth of July in Washougal

The Port of Camas-Washougal is bringing the community to the riverside this summer with its Fourth of July Celebration and Riverside Summer Concert Series in Marina Park, which blasts off with a bang on Tuesday, July 4.

Arrive early to park on the future site of the Washougal Waterfront Development, or choose the overflow lot on 2nd St., near the Best Western. Grab a hay ride on a tractor-pulled trailers and ride to Marina Park in style. The Children’s Patriotic Bike Parade starts at 4 p.m., with kids’ games and activities continuing until 5:30 p.m. Food available to purchase includes cotton candy, flavored popcorn, snow cones, tacos, elephant ears, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream and milkshakes, teriyaki bowls, hot dogs, gyros, and a beer garden hosted by the local Lions Club. At 6 p.m., an evening of music begins with We Three followed by 5 Guys Named Moe. At 10 p.m., the City of Washougal will launch its wow-inducing fireworks show, which grows more spectacular every year.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, come back to Marina Park for live music from 6 to 7 p.m. with King Louie and LaRhonda Steele, Edwin Colman III, and Renato Caranto. Then, local favorite Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts will entertain the audience from 8 to 9:30 p.m., wrapping up the concert with hits from the 50s and 60s.

There will be food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, games, and more at both events. The concerts are extremely popular—especially the Fourth of July celebration—so come early to save your spot. There’s free parking and no entry fee for either event. For more details, or to learn more about the Port of Camas-Washougal, visit www.portcw.com.

Photo courtesy of the Port of Camas-Washougal. To see more cute photos of last year’s Fourth of July celebration, visit the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Facebook page.

4th of July Celebration in Washougal

The Port of Camas-Washougal is bringing the community to the riverside for a fabulous 4th of July celebration in Marina Park, happening from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4. There will be live music, food, and family-friendly fun on the beautiful banks of the Columbia River.

Arrive early to park on the future site of the Washougal Waterfront Development, or choose the overflow lot on 2nd St., near the Best Western. Grab a hay ride on a tractor-pulled trailers and ride to Marina Park in style. The Children’s Patriotic Bike Parade starts at 4 p.m., with kids’ games and activities continuing until 5:30 p.m. Food available to purchase includes cotton candy, flavored popcorn, snow cones, tacos, elephant ears, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream and milkshakes, teriyaki bowls, hot dogs, gyros, and a beer garden. At 6 p.m., an evening of music begins with the Country-Rock-and-Blues sounds of the Tracy Fordice Band, followed by 5 Guys Named Moe, an 11-piece horn-driven show band with dynamic vocals. At 10 p.m., the City of Washougal will launch its wow-inducing fireworks show, which grows more spectacular every year.

There will be food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, games, and more. For more details, or to learn more about the Port of Camas-Washougal, visit www.portcw.com.

Fourth of July Celebration 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, contact Angela Shields at 360-887-1014.

4th of July Weekend Train Rides

Want to do something totally different this year for the Fourth of July? How about taking your family for a ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad? The historic railroad will be open and operating Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, to commemorate Independence Day. The train runs to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel, and makes a stop at Moulton Station to visit scenic Yacolt Falls.

The trains will depart on each of the above-mentioned days at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the train station at 207 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended because space on the train is limited. Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over, $11 for kids ages five to 12, $9 for children ages two to four, and children under two are free. Check out the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad website at www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559 for more information, reservations, and directions.

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization operating excursion train rides from Yacolt. The railroad to Yacolt was originally completed in 1903 and used until 1979, but fell into disuse and disrepair during the 80s. In 1998, volunteers began restoring the line and rebuilding the railroad into a functioning historical railroad. With the support of Clark County, the track from Moulton Falls to Chelatchie Prairie has been restored, and excursions resumed on May 26, 2001. Work continues on improving the track and upgrading equipment with the eventual goal of restoring service between Yacolt and Battle Ground.

4th of July Weekend Train Rides

Want to do something totally different this year for the Fourth of July weekend? How about taking your family for a ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad? The historic railroad will be open and operating Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, to commemorate Independence Day. The train runs to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel, and makes a stop at Moulton Station to visit scenic Yacolt Falls.

The trains will depart on each of the above-mentioned days at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the train station at 207 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended because space on the train is limited. Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over, $11 for kids ages five to 12, $9 for children ages two to four, and children under two are free. Check out the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad website at www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559 for more information, reservations, and directions.

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization operating excursion train rides from Yacolt. The railroad to Yacolt was originally completed in 1903 and used until 1979, but fell into disuse and disrepair during the 80s. In 1998, volunteers began restoring the line and rebuilding the railroad into a functioning historical railroad. With the support of Clark County, the track from Moulton Falls to Chelatchie Prairie has been restored, and excursions resumed on May 26, 2001. Work continues on improving the track and upgrading equipment with the eventual goal of restoring service between Yacolt and Battle Ground.

Independence Day 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, contact Angela Shields at 360-887-1014.

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.

Old-Time 4th at Battle Ground Market

The Outdoor Market at Battle Ground Village will be open on the Fourth of July with some good, ol’ fashioned Independence Day fun for you and your family. The market will be especially festive on Saturday with free goodies for the kids and an open mic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages are welcome to bask in the spotlight; bring your instrument, your props, your costumes and your big ideas to the stage to revel in your 15 minutes of fame.

As usual, the family- and pet-friendly market will be packed with summer produce from local farmers, wares fashioned by North Bank artisans, and live music. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 26. Visitors will find fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, plants, arts and crafts, baked goods, delicious prepared food, home and garden gifts and accessories, live entertainment, and children’s activities.

Battle Ground Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, and residences located near the intersection of S.E. Grace Ave. and S.E. Rasmussen Blvd. If you’re hungry or thirsty after the market ends, you can always visit the excellent Northwood Public House & Brewery, Uncle D’s Wood-fired Pizza, Pasta Gigi’s, or Emanar Cellars—and they’re all easy to get to, because they’re all located right in Battle Ground Village. For more information, visit www.BGVillage.com, e-mail bgvmarketboss@gmail.com or call 360-888-5700.

4th of July Celebration at Marina Park

Camas-Washougal’s Fourth of July celebration in Marina Park begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4, with a patriotic-themed Children’s Bike Parade. Children ages three to 11 are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes for the parade around Marina Park. At 5 p.m., all ages are welcome to participate in the sack races. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place winners in both events. At 6 p.m., an evening of music begins with jazz and rock from the Jacob Merlin Band, followed by Big Night Out’s high-energy “dance machine.”

At 10 p.m., when it’s nice and dark, the City of Washougal will launch its aaah- and oooh-inducing fireworks show, which grows more spectacular every year. There will be food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, games, and more. Parking will be available at the former Hambleton site, with the Boy Scouts directing traffic and two tractors pulling hay-filled wagons to transport concertgoers from the lot to Marina Park. The Fourth of July celebration is extremely popular, so come early to save your spot.

Independence Day & Fun Run 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 coaster derby (soapbox cars powered entirely by gravity) from 2 to 4 p.m., street dancing, and—the pièce de résistance—a 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, contact Angela Shields at 360-887-1014.

Ride the Rails to Yacolt Falls

Want to do something totally different this year for the Fourth of July? How about taking your family for a ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad? The historic railroad will be open and operating Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5,  and Sunday, July 6, to commemorate Independence Day. The train runs to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel, and makes a stop at Moulton Station to visit scenic Yacolt Falls.

The trains will depart on each of the above-mentioned days at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the train station in Yacolt. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended because space on the train is limited. Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over, $11 for kids ages five to 12, $9 for children ages two to four, and children under two are free. Check out the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad website at www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559 for more information, reservations, and directions.

 

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver

Where is the biggest, best fireworks display west of the Mississippi? At the biggest party in town: the glorious, all-American Independence Day celebration at Fort Vancouver, with live music, lots of food, and a big, booming, beautiful display of pyrotechnics against the nighttime sky. Tickets—just $5 each—are available at any Southwest Washington Fred Meyer store. Prime Viewing tickets and regular admission tickets can still be purchased at www.fortvan.org/fourth. For complete details about the Fourth of July festivities at Fort Vancouver, visit www.4th.fortvan.org.

4th of July on Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Want to do something totally different this year for the Fourth of July? How about taking your family for a ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad? The historic railroad will be open and operating Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5,  and Sunday, July 6, to commemorate Independence Day. The train runs to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel, and makes a stop at Moulton Station to visit scenic Yacolt Falls.

The trains will depart on each of the above-mentioned days at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the train station in Yacolt. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended because space on the train is limited. Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over, $11 for kids ages five to 12, $9 for children ages two to four, and children under two are free. Check out the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad website at www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559 for more information, reservations, and directions.

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization operating excursion train rides from Yacolt. The railroad to Yacolt was originally completed in 1903 and used until 1979, but fell into disuse and disrepair during the 80s. In 1998, volunteers began restoring the line and rebuilding the railroad into a functioning historical railroad. With the support of Clark County, the track from Moulton Falls to Chelatchie Prairie has been restored, and excursions resumed on May 26, 2001. Work continues on improving the track and upgrading equipment with the eventual goal of restoring service between Yacolt and Battle Ground.

Editor’s note: My family and I rode the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad on one of its Father’s Day excursions, and it was of the most fun and memorable things we have done in Clark County. You can sit inside or outside—although, if the weather’s nice, I heartily recommend sitting outside. The ride is absolutely beautiful and the volunteers are friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and, if you ask nicely and have especially adorable children, the engineer may let you into the cab!