Celebrate the Fourth at the Fort

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Fort Vancouver.

Celebrate the 4th of July all day and into the night at the Independence Day Celebration at Fort Vancouver! Gates open at 8 am for the 48th Fourth of July Event at Fort Vancouver, produced by the non-profit Fort Vancouver National Trust.

Families will find a full slate of activities, featuring multiple entertainment venues, and culminating with a spectacular fireworks show launched from historic Pearson Field. Beginning at noon, children can participate in competitions of traditional children’s games including three-legged races, gunny sack races, hula hoop contests, and the Kids Patriotic Parade at 4 pm. Teens can enjoy live music, crafts, water balloon competitions and a dollar cage.

The Heritage Stage commemorates the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War and features heritage fashion shows, black powder demonstrations, musical performances and even an appearance by Abe Lincoln. The nearby Hands-on-History Tent provides opportunities for visitors to learn handicrafts and games from the Civil War era. For a complete schedule of events going on at all the stages, check out the Fort Vancouver Fourth of July 2011 Schedule.

Visitors can join free, guided walking tours of Officers Row and Vancouver Barracks. Pearson Air Museum will reduce its regular $22 family admission to only $5 for two adults and up to four children. Family admission to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver also is $5. Tickets to the Independence Day Celebration at Fort Vancouver are $7  ($5 in advance) for General Admission and can be purchased online, kids 12 and under are FREE.

Tickets are also available for the  Prime Viewing area. With Prime Viewing tickets, enjoy all the activities the site has to offer throughout the day, then retreat to your exclusive Prime Viewing area and be treated to a tasty 4th of July picnic dinner, an exclusive entertainment stage, and front row seats to the spectacular fireworks show!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page and enter to win four tickets to the Prime Viewing area, a $200 value!

Vancouver Celebrate Freedom Veterans Parade


23rd Annual Veterans Parade

freedom_festival_horizSaturday, November 7, 2009 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location(s): Along Officers Row

Gather along Officers Row for the 23rd annual Celebrate Freedom Veterans Parade presented by the Frank and Joanne Lough Legacy. Participants in this Department of Defense sanctioned parade include veterans service organizations representing all branches of the service, high school marching bands, college and high school ROTC groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, several equestrian units and military and civilian vehicle collector clubs. The parade happens rain or shine, so dress according to the weather. The parade begins on Officers Row at Reserve and Evergreen, follows Evergreen into downtown Vancouver and ends at Esther Short Park. For details, call the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1800.

via Calendar Event Details.