Happy Fourth of July in Vancouver WA

Happy Independence Day everyone!

As you’re gearing up for the holiday weekend, you may be wondering what to do in Vancouver, WA and surrounding communities within Clark County.

Below are a few ideas to help you stay safe and have fun this Fourth of July weekend.

Celebrating the Fourth of July with Fireworks in Vancouver, WA and Clark County

Video Credit: Eddie E Photography

Unfortunately, the annual celebration and fireworks display at Fort Vancouver have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an alternative, you can tune in to Clark County’s 4th of July Live Virtual Event, which will be broadcast live on FOX 12 Oregon starting at 10pm.

If you still have your heart set on seeing fireworks live and in person this year, you may be able to create your own personal light show:

While personal use of fireworks is banned within the city limits of Vancouver, WA, it is still allowed in other areas of Clark County.

If you’re not sure if you reside within the city limits of Vancouver, you can put your address into this handy form on the City of Vancouver’s website and it will tell you if you are in the fireworks-free zone or not.

Sales of fireworks in unincorporated Clark County began at noon on June 28th, and will continue until 11pm on July 4th. So if you are able to create your own personal fireworks display legally, you still have time to get your stash before the big night.

The times you are permitted to discharge fireworks vary. The chart below shows the days and time frames fireworks are allowed in each city within Clark County:

chart showing the legal firework discharge days and times in clark county washington

If fireworks aren’t your thing, or you live within the city limits of Vancouver, WA, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy the holiday weekend:

Visit the Vancouver Farmers Market

Produce, vendors, and visitors at the Vancouver Farmers Market

Image credit: Mike Schultz via clarkcountytoday.com

The Vancouver Farmers Market will be open from 9am-3pm on July 4th (Note: the first hour is reserved for seniors and those with underlying medical conditions). It is located on 8th and Esther St. in downtown Vancouver.

The market features a variety of products from local farmers, artists, and makers. You can find anything from fresh produce and prepared foods, to flowers, pet treats, and accessories.

You are welcome to bring your fur baby with you, as the Vancouver Farmers Market is pet friendly.

Due to Covid-19, the market has guidelines for shoppers in place. Be sure to read them before you go.

Check Out the 100 Year Celebration and July Farm Days at Pomeroy Farm

Sign from Pomeroy Farm

Image Credit: Pomeroy Living History Farm via vbjusa.com

Pomeroy Farm will be hosting its July Farm Days and 100 Year Celebration of the Historic Log House on both July 4th and 5th, from 11am to 4pm.

For the safety of their visitors, they have created a drive through situation where you can enjoy the scenic views, farm animals, and historic buildings. Admission is free, but they welcome donations (suggestion is $5 per vehicle).

Popcorn from Popcorn Cove and cotton candy from Mommy Dearest Munchies will be available for purchase. Visit Pomeroy Farm’s website for more info.

Head to a Local State Park

Image of Reed Island State Park near Vancouver Wa

We wrote a post back in May sharing State Parks near Vancouver, Wa that reopened after the state-wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More restrictions have been lifted so that in addition to boating, hiking, picnicking, and enjoying the sites and sounds of nature, you may also to be able to camp in certain locations.

Visit the Washington State Parks website to see a current list of which local parks are open and what activities are allowed in each of them.

Host a Backyard Barbecue

meats and veggies on the barbecue grill for 4th of July

While the tendency may be to want to get out and go somewhere this 4th of July weekend, most experts recommend staying at home. As such, hosting a small backyard barbecue may be the best way to honor Independence Day this year.

Sharing some laughs and great food and conversation with friends and family can go a long way in creating a memorable holiday.

If your guest list extends beyond those you live with, remember to keep it small and practice good hand hygiene and social distancing.

And if there are braces-wearers in your family, check out our Tips for a Braces Friendly Barbecue, which includes a delicious grilled shrimp recipe.

Whether you decide to venture out or stay at home this holiday weekend, we hope that you stay safe and healthy, and have lots of fun!