Fun on the Fourth



Vancouver: Ten hours of activities and entertainment will be capped by a 25-minute fireworks display Monday at the Fort Vancouver National Site, just east of Interstate 5 and south of Officers Row. The event is billed as “Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America.” While it’s the 48th edition of Vancouver’s July Fourth celebration, it’s the second time around for a new, more family-friendly format. Admission is $7 at the gate. There also are heritage- and history-related tours and presentations that highlight this area’s role in the development of the Northwest. Expect many street closures in the area. In downtown Vancouver, all parking meters, street spaces and city of Vancouver lots are free for the holiday. For a full schedule, visit

Ridgefield: The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the community center; fun runs begin at 8 a.m. The pet-and-kid “pre-parade” begins at 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m., the Fourth of July Parade will roll out with an “American Movies” theme. The Lions Club will hold a chicken/salmon barbecue in Abrams Park from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will be kids events from noon to 6 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m., there will be an all-ages street dance on North Main Avenue. The fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m..

Felida: Children’s Parade participants will assemble their bicycles, tricycles and wagons at Felida Park and head out onto Northwest 39th Avenue at 11:15 a.m. The parade will return to Felida Park, between Northwest 122nd and 127th streets, west of Northwest 36th Avenue, at 11:45 a.m. Post-parade activities include free picnic lunch. There also will be entertainment, games, displays, face-painting and free rides on antique fire engines. The event will wrap up at 2:30 p.m. It is presented by the Felida Neighborhood Association, the North Salmon Creek Neighborhood Association and the Hazel Dell-Salmon Creek Business Association.

Camas-Washougal: Festivities start at 6 p.m. at the Port of Camas-Washougal, which is teaming to host the event with the city of Washougal. The celebration at Marina Park, 24 S. A St. in Washougal, is free and open to the public. There will be food vendors and a beer garden. Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Columbia River at dusk.

Yacolt: The celebration starts with a 10 a.m. parade at Railroad Avenue and Yacolt Road. The posting of the colors will be at noon, with the kids village opening at the North Clark Little League fields. Other events include the presentation of the “Citizen of the Year” award. There will be couch races at 2 p.m. on Christy Street, lawn-mower races at 3 p.m. at the Little League fields, a talent show at 3:30 p.m., and a concert at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

—Dave Kern