This Fourth of July, Shelley and I traveled south to the city of Vancouver, Washington to celebrate America's birthday at the historic
Independence Day Festival at Fort Vancouver. The annual celebration has been going on for 47 years, and is attended by upwards of 30,000 people who come from Washington, Oregon (and farther!), seeking some summer fun and the world-famous fireworks show held on-site.
This year it was a perfect 80 degree-day and we did plenty of celebrating with our friends down in Vancouver to make this Independence Day one that was truly memorable. In addition to fun and games held at our WALLY van booth, we also got a front-row seat to the "Sing 4th" Vocal Competition which featured 10 teen vocalists from Clark County. Although each of the singers had outstanding talent and was deserving of the top spot, it came down to one winner who took home a $1,000 college scholarship.
Cornhole participants sported the trendy PEMCO green and black shades as a reward for their hard fought victory.
The entire day was filled with great food, games, live music from local artists, and anticipation for the biggest moment of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver …the fireworks! The 30-minute show that blasted more than 2,000 pyrotechnic shells was synchronized to music by Northwest musicians and left us in amazed as the lights and colors flew through the clear summer sky.
The epic display at Fort Vancouver is largest in the Portland, Vancouver area.
This Independence Day was most definitely a memorable one for us, and it was great to celebrate the holiday with so many fellow natives of the Pacific Northwest. It was also great to meet some of our Oregonian neighbors, who we'll be visiting again this weekend as we head down to the
Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic finish line in Portland's Holladay Park. See you there!