The city’s biggest annual show will go on, Fort Vancouver National Trust President Elson Strahan said Monday.
More than 20,000 adults bought tickets to attend the revamped and reinstated Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. Children 12 and younger were free, but organizers estimate that they numbered at least 15,000, Strahan told the Vancouver City Council.
The ticket sales, combined with corporate sponsorships, helped the nonprofit trust, which organizes and pays for the July 4 event, recover its costs.
“The event is sustainable as long as we can charge admission as well as secure new and renewed sponsorships,” Strahan said. “Independence Day at Fort Vancouver will remain a tradition as it was presented this year.”
Tickets were $5 in advance online or through community groups and $7 at the door. Prime viewing-area tickets, which also included a catered picnic, were $50 for adults, $25 for kids 6 and up. More than 200 people were in that area, but a number were part of sponsorship packages, Strahan said.