Want to help?
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking Fourth of July volunteers. (Go to Independence Day at Fort Vancouver volunteers to apply). People may request jobs and shifts, but organizers may not be able to accommodate all requests. Shifts are a few hours long, with a short training session before July 4. Volunteers get free admission and a parking pass.
Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth of July celebration at Fort Vancouver.
That message hasn't always been part of the annual event, known formally as Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America.
This is the third summer the Fort Vancouver National Trust has charged an admission fee to help make the event self-supporting.
General admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the gate for those 13 and older; children 12 and younger are free.
Tickets are available at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver or any Fred Meyer location in Southwest Washington.
The Wednesday, July 4, celebration will be capped by fireworks at 10:05 p.m.
Gates at the Fort Vancouver National Site will open at 8 a.m., and entertainment starts at noon. The Vancouver Toyota Main Stage will feature a variety of local and regionally recognized entertainers, including Hit Machine and Patrick Lamb.
Prime viewing tickets will include a picnic dinner, entertainment and front-row seats for the fireworks show. Prime viewing tickets are $50 for those 21 and older; $25 for those under 21; and free for 5 and younger.
Other activities include:
• Guided walking tours of Officers Row and Vancouver Barracks;
• $5 family admission to Pearson Air Museum;
• $3 admission to the Fort Vancouver national park's reconstructed stockade.