Happy Independence Day on dark blue striped background with red and blue fireworks

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 have fun this Fourth of July weekend.

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

Video Credit: William Green

For the second year in a row, the annual fireworks spectacular at Fort Vancouver has been cancelled.

In previous years, those in unincorporated Clark County were able to put on their own light shows, as the sale and use of fireworks was legal.

However, due to extreme fire danger, Clark County banned the use and sale of fireworks in the unincorporated area through July 4, 2021. Other communities in our area (and across the western US in general) have implemented a ban as well, including La Center, Washougal, Camas, Battleground, Ridgefield, and Portland, OR.

So, unless you’re willing to hit the road to see a show in person, you’ll have to resign yourself to getting your fireworks fix virtually this year. A few recommendations include:

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Touted as America’s largest fireworks display, this year’s celebration will honor everyday heroes from across the US, and celebrate the resiliency of our country.

The show airs live at 8pm ET on NBC. You can stream the broadcast on such services as Hulu + Live, NBC.com, Peacock TV, YoutubeTV, and Fubo.tv.

Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular

The 2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA will be broadcast live on Bloomberg Television and Radio, Bloomberg.com, and WHDH-TV. The whole event runs from 8-11 ET, with the fireworks starting at 10:30 ET.

A Capitol Fourth

America’s Independence Day Celebration will broadcast on PBS and various streaming platforms at 8pm ET. Check out the website for details, as well as tips for hosting a streaming party, stuff for the kids, and much more.

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 Saturday, July 3rd, and from 10am-3pm on July 4th. It is located on 8th and Esther St. in downtown Vancouver, WA.

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 can even bring your fur baby with you, as the Vancouver Farmers Market is pet friendly.

Check Out July Farm Days at The Pomeroy Farm

Sign from Pomeroy Farm

Image Credit: Pomeroy Living History Farm via vbjusa.com

The Pomeroy Farm will be hosting its July Farm Days on Saturday and Sunday July 3rd and 4th, from 11am to 5pm.

Tour the historic farm grounds, visit the farm animals, and enjoy some amazing music and BBQ while you’re there.

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 an article a while back on some of the best State Parks near Vancouver, Wa . Check it out to learn more about the natural beauty and outdoor fun you can have over the holiday weekend, without having to venture too far from home.

You can also visit the Washington State Parks website for more info on the nearby parks.

Host a Backyard Barbecue

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

If you’re more inclined to stay home, then hosting a backyard barbecue may be the best way to honor Independence Day this year.

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

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 wish you a happy Fourth of July and hope you have lots of fun!