4th of July 2014 – A Whole Lot of A Fun Around Clark County WA

The 4th of July around Clark County, WA is always hopping with activities to fit all ages and interests. With Independence day on a Friday this year, that means a whole weekend of fun and festivities. From Vancouver up to Ridgefield and over to Camas/Washougal, each town in Clark County takes pride in the patriotic spirit of their community. So whether it is just you or you are bringing along the whole family, you are certain to find something to help you get into the mood to celebrate the Independence of this great country.

Fun & Fireworks at Fort Vancouver

Spend the day kicking back, enjoy the Adult Beverage Pavillion or have some family friendly fun on the lush lawns of the Fort Vancouver National Site. Stick around after it gets dark for the amazing fireworks display. The Fort is celebrating over 50 years of providing our community with an exceptional fireworks display. Using state of the art fireworks synchronized to music, the 2014 display will once again be launched from Pearson Field, providing attendees an amazing and exciting fireworks show.

Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. Check out the official website for pre-order tickets and to get a full-day’s schedule and map of the event.

Felida’s Annual Children’s Parade

This event if for the whole family to either watch or participate. Line up starts at 10:45 am at the north gate (see schedule below) and this year’s parade will commence at 11:15 am being led by Co-Grand Marshalls Sheriff Cole Merle of Clark County and Chief Chase Getch of Battle Ground Police. To make things more fun all are invited to wear a costume and decorate your bike, trike, or wagon.

After the parade stick around for some fun at Felida Park, including music by the famous Vancouver Community Concert Band, educational games and displays, antique fire engine rides, face painting, and free refreshments. Make certain to bring along some lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen. This event is put on by Felida Neighborhood Association in partnership with organizations in Salmon Creek and Hazel Dell.

10:45 am  Line up in Felida Park, at the NW 127th Avenue (north) gate
11:15 am   Parade commences – Grand Marshalls on the antique fire engine
11:45 am   Parade returns to Felida Park –free picnic, lunch, exhibits, games
2:30 pm     Activities wrap up

The 2014 Vancouver Rodeo

This year’s Miss Vancouver Rodeo Queen, Amanda Knapp, with her four-legged partner Carter is ready for an action packed week of events. For 44 years, the Vancouver Rodeo has been entertaining the crowds with ropin’, ridin’ and buckin’. The rodeo begins on July 2nd at 7:00 pm and run through July 5th. On Independence Day the gates open at 11:00 am and performances begin at 1:00 pm. This event is held at the Clark County Saddle Club at 10505 NE 117th Ave in Vancouver, WA. So grab your partner, throw on your ten-gallon hat and head on down to the 2014 Vancouver Rodeo for this 4th of July. Click here to learn more.

2014 Northwest Street Rod Nationals

From July 4th through July 6th, at the Clark County Events Center at the Fairgrounds, spectators will be treated to the sights and sounds of some of the best constructed, most beautiful vintage automobiles ever to gather in one place. The National Street Rod Association (NSRA)  hosts this unique weekend full of fun where vehicles will be driven from all parts of the United States, featuring nearly every make, model and style. This event includes all vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and through 1984. In addition there will be vendors and a swap meet. Admission is $14 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, and kids 5 & under are free. Call 574-875-4032 or click here for more information.

Ridgefield’s 4th of July Celebration

From 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, you can join in the festivities and celebrate the 4th of July in Ridgefield, WA. For 100+ years this small community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. The celebration has grown into today’s festival where its estimated around 5,000 people in attendance.  There is something for everyone to enjoy at this free celebration: outdoor entertainment; contests and games; great foods & beverages; arts & crafts; a fabulous parade and more.

If you running is your thing, you can also participate in the Ridgefield Runners Fun Run. Out and back course is on rolling rural roads starting and finishing in downtown Ridgefield. Race day registration begins at 7:00 am for the Kids Dash, 5K and 10K. You can run, walk or cheer on the participants. To learn more or download the registration form visit: http://www.runridgefield.com/July4th.html

Riverside Concert and Fireworks If you make your way to the Port of Camas Washougal Marina Park, you will be treated to a an afternoon of music, food and fun for the whole family. At 4:00 pm the kiddos (ages 3 to 11) can participate in the Children’s Bike Paradewith a Patriotic theme, so decorate and dress accordingly. Then between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm there will be sack races, games, the Jacob Merlin Band and Big Night Out (a high-energy dance machine). Local vendors will there to provide tasty treats to enjoy. Then at 10:00 pm the magic in the sky will begin, with fireworks being launched from a barge in the Columbia River, courtesy of the City of Washougal. So bring your appetite, dancing shoes and lawn chairs for some summer fun.

June 14th is National Get Outdoors Day

This year will mark the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), where participants from federal agencies, community groups and nonprofit organizations team up to encourage healthy outdoor fun at sites across the nation. The main goal of this community celebration is to reach the underserved populations, first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. National parks across the states will host information centers where guests can experience such activities as fishing, geocaching, learning to pitch a tent and finding out about healthy and sustainability living. To encourage outdoor activity throughout the summer, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events. So where can you celebrate GO Day and find events around town on June 14th? Take a look…

Fort Vancouver GO Day

The official GO Day event in Clark County, WA is at Fort Vancouver. This year the day will blend three events into one great day: Get Outdoors Day, NW National Park Family Day, and the Fort Vancouver Brigade Encampment. This unique experience will include over 50 booths with hands-on recreation activities such as climbing, fishing, dutch oven cooking, camping, hiking, orienteering, Frisbee golf, and archery. Since Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide fee-free day, the Fort will be open and free to the public all day. Activities will begin at 10:00 am and run till 3:00 pm.

Bike Safety Fair

Bring the whole family (and your bikes) to the bike safety fair hosted by the Hough School. The fair includes free bike safety inspections, maintenance, bike safety instruction, and a helmet fitting. This community service is made possible with the help by volunteers from Bike Clark County, Bad Monkey, Vancouver Police Bicycle Patrol, Legacy Trauma Nurse, and NOW Bike Patrol. If you have an old unused bike hanging around your garage, you can bring it to the donation station. All bike donations will be refurbished and donated back into the community. This events begins at 10:00 am  and runs to 1:00 pm.

Bark for Life

Bring your pooch down to Pacific Community Park for Bark for Life, a one mile noncompetitive dog walk that is raising funds for the American Cancer Society. If you are among the first 100 to register, your canine companion will get a bandana. Other activities include local vendor booths, canine contests, and demonstrations. The walk begins at 9:00 AM and costs $10.00 per dog for registration.

Got History? Visit the Museum Collection Open House!

museum_600Want to experience the rich history of Fort Vancouver like never before? The Museum Collection Open House Tours will satisfy the history itch that you just haven’t been able to scratch. Go behind the scenes of the curation facility, and get up close and personal with some of the two million archaeological and historic artifacts found in the area.

Each open house will give you a peek into a different aspect of frontier life, from dining to motherhood, from the Barracks at the turn of the Century to Slipware. There are five tours dates on the schedule for this year, and limited space for each tour. The tours will take place at 11am and repeat at 2pm. Admission to the Fort is $3 and covers the cost of the tour. Visit Fort Vancouver’s website for the schedule, to get more information and to register… don’t wait, scratch that itch!

Fort Vancouver Lantern Tours

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Peek into the Past.

View Fort Vancouver in a different light…candlelight! Take a trip into the past and see what life was like at Fort Vancouver after dark on a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger through a night at Fort Vancouver.

“Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort’s buildings. Finish off your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!”

Each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern (the Fort provides these) and tour with a Park Ranger through the Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factors House, Kitchen and/or Bake House as costumed interpreters perform live theater.

Upcoming Fort Vancouver Lantern Tours are November 2 and16, 2013; December 7 and 21, 2013; January 4 and 18, 2014; and February 1 and 16, 2014. Tours last approximately one and a half hours, and are best enjoyed by children 10 years old and up (you must be at least 15 to carry a lantern).  Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 15.

For more information visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site or call 360-816-6230.

Fort Vancouver Tales of the Engage

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The Tales of the Engagé, a campfire program of stories and tall tales, gives visitors an opportunity to hear of the colorful life of the Engagés, the Canadian “engaged” or contract workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Representing a sizeable part of the work force of this British fur company, these men (and women) were trappers, blacksmiths, carpenters, herders, dairymen, and laborers. Their lives of adventure and hardship so different from the clerks and gentlemen, created a rich story-telling tradition.

Staff, who portray the Engagés, will share their adventurous tales and harrowing stories of fur trade survival. An evening of storytelling by the campfire brings the past to life in our modern day metropolitan area.

WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th Street, Vancouver, WA, Just outside the reconstructed stockade walls

WHEN: Saturday, October 26th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

COST: Free

INFO: Call the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center at 360-816-6230.