Fort Vancouver expecting larger crowds with free July 4th show


The organizers of the big fireworks show at Fort Vancouver every July 4th are expecting a bigger crowd that usual this year after making the event free.

Workers at Fort Vancouver are expecting 45,000 people to watch the fireworks Tuesday evening, about 10,000 more than usual. While the show will be free, officials will ask for $5 donations.

The show, which is set to start around 10 p.m., will be big, with fireworks flying 500 feet into the sky synchronized to music.

The pyrotechnic show lasts about 20 minutes, but before the fireworks, there will be live music on stage starting at 6 p.m., with acts performing folk, rock, salsa and hits from the ‘80s.

Stage is set for Fort Vancouver fireworks show. Happy 4th! #fox12 #4thOfJuly2017— Marilyn Deutsch (@marilyndeutsch) July 4, 2017

The music started at noon in past years, but event organizers found that few people came before 6 p.m., hence the change in start time.

The park opened at 8 a.m. for visitors wanting to spend their entire Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. Food vendors will be open, and park guests can also bring their own picnics.

There are things not permitted at Fort Vancouver, including alcohol, weapons, barbecue grills and dogs.

While park officials did note there will be separate areas for smoking and vaping, they also remind guests that Fort Vancouver is a federal park so marijuana is prohibited.

Officials also said they will be handing out water bottles and that they have brought in more than 100 portable toilets for the expected crowds.

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