The sky lights up with Independence Day celebrations

Monday, July 4 marks Independence Day, and many people again look forward to fireworks and patriotic fun. There are many events happening in the Portland and Vancouver area for those seeking a night of festivities for the Fourth of July.

Fort Vancouver once again will host their annual fireworks show. Online preorder tickets cost $5 and are available until 8 p.m. on July 3. General admission tickets at the gate on the day of the event are $7. Kids under 12 receive free admission to the event.

The event opens at 8 a.m., and the fireworks display begins at 10:05 p.m. A variety of musical entertainment is scheduled throughout the day, as well as many heritage activities such as walking tours of the Fort Vancouver area and historic black powder cannon salutes.

Due to fires last year that cost Clark County hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, 2016 is the final year that personal fireworks are permitted within Vancouver city limits. Fireworks are only legal on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight, and illegal use of fireworks will lead to a $250 fine. Discharging prohibited fireworks, such as firecrackers and bottle rockets, is subject to a $500 fine.

People can make noise complaints and report illegal use of fireworks by dialing 311. The Vancouver Police Department will collect unused fireworks this year instead of the fire department, as last year the fire department collected many dangerous and homemade devices.

For those interested in fine dining as well as patriotic festivities, the Portland restaurant Three Degrees is hosting a barbecue and fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. The tickets are $95, with food such as beef brisket, slow cooked pork ribs and more available. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.

For more information about the Fort Vancouver Fourth of July event, or to preorder tickets, visit 4th.fortvan.org. To find out more about the Three Degrees barbecue and fireworks show, visit threedegreesportland.com.

Photo credit: Fort Vancouver National Trust

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