Port of C-W hosts Independence Day festivities

Washougal will supply the fireworks

Events for all ages will be provided at Marina Park Friday.

Children, ages 3 to 11, are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes for a patriotic-themed parade at 4 p.m., around the park, located by the Port of Camas-Washougal marina, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal.

Sack races are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., and all ages are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place winners in both events.

There will be food and refreshments available to purchase, as well as a beer and wine garden, for ages 21 and older.

The Riverside Concert Series will get underway with a performance of jazz, original funk and rock-inspired music by the Jacob Merlin Band, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Big Night Out” will provide high-energy dance machine hits from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Fireworks will be presented at 10 p.m.

The City of Washougal is providing the fireworks with $16,500 in lodging tax advisory money, along with some manpower for the event.

Attendees are advised to bring picnic blankets or low-back chairs.

Event parking will be available in the former Hambleton Lumber Company site, 335 S. “A” St. Parking assistance will be provided by local Boy Scouts, and two tractor shuttles will be available.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, call the port office at 835-2196 or visit www.portcw.com.

Skamania, Clark county communities plan July 4 celebrations

In addition to the Independence Day celebration in Washougal, several other local communities are planning their own July 4 activities and events.

Community barbecue at Crown Park

NorthLake Church is hosting a Fourth of July Community Barbecue at Crown Park in Camas, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On the menu will be hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixings, as well as side dishes and desserts.

The public is invited to attend the free event, which will also include a waterslide for kids.

Crown Park is located at 17th Avenue and Division Street in Camas.

For more information, visit www.nlccamas.org, or call 834-2291.

American Legion parade and celebration is July 4 The seventh annual American Legion Post 122 Auxiliary children’s Fourth of July parade and community celebration will begin at noon in Washougal.

Children are invited to dress in red, white and blue, or patriotic costumes, decorate their bikes, wagons and pets, wave streamers or flags and walk with their friends. Parade participants will assemble at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School/Canyon Creek Middle School parking lot at 11:45 a.m.

The grand marshal will be local World War II veteran Bob Coleman.

A community celebration will be held following the parade at the American Legion, until 2 p.m. there will be food available for purchase, as well as free games for all ages.

For more information, contact Janelle at 837-3312.

Fireworks at the Fort

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver will include a variety of attractions.

The gates will open at 8 a.m., and the entertainment starts at noon.

A children’s patriotic parade will begin at 4 p.m. There will also be food, arts and crafts and commercial vendors, as well as guided walking tours of Officers Row and the Vancouver Barracks.

The fireworks will launch at 10:05 p.m.

General admission tickets are $5 in advance when purchased at Clark County Fred Meyer stores. They will cost $7 at the gate. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

Private viewing admission tickets are $50 each for ages 21 and older, $25 each for ages 20 to 6, and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Street parking in downtown Vancouver will be available free of charge.

C-TRAN shuttles will be provided at the north side of Westfield Vancouver Mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. Round trip tickets will cost $2 per person.

For more information, call 992-1808 or visit www.fortvan.org/fourth.

Stevenson celebration is at Skamania County Fairgrounds

“Revolver” will perform classic rock and original songs Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, 650 Rock Creek Drive.

Vendors will have candied apple pie, corn dogs, popcorn and cotton candy available to purchase.

Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Admission to the event, coordinated by Skamania County General Services and the Stevenson Business Association, is free.

No personal fireworks will be allowed at Rock Creek Park or the Skamania County Fairgrounds.

For more information, call (509) 427-3980 or visit www.skamaniacounty.org/facilities-rec/homepage/parks/.

Skamania Lodge to feature lawn games

The Fourth of July at Skamania Lodge will include family lawn games and activities, such as bocce ball, croquet, ladder ball and giant bubbles throughout the day.

From 1 to 2 p.m., the Lawn Olympics will be held, and from 2 to 3 p.m. a family croquet tournament is scheduled. At 3:30 p.m. sharp will be the start of the “Amazing Race.” Participants will find geocaches, decipher clues, and answer riddles to get to the finish line first. Teams can sign up at the lodge’s front desk. Prizes will be awarded to the team that finishes each post first, and a there will be a grand prize for the winning team.

At 6 p.m., the falconry program will take place on the front lawn. Participants can interact with trained eagles, hawks, falcons and owls and learn the history behind the sport of falconry.

The fireworks show at the Skamania County Fairgrounds can be viewed from the lodge lawn.

Skamania Lodge is located at 1131 S.W. Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson. For more information, call (800) 221-7117 or visit www.skamania.com.