This year we will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, which has become a beloved community event. This celebration of our nation’s independence is the largest such event in the city of Vancouver and has more than 30,000 attendees.
Our event features a patriotic parade, a great entertainment line-up on the main stage featuring popular regional musicians, a heritage stage, activities and games for children, and, of course, a phenomenal fireworks show. Most importantly, this is an event that the community values as its own and helps to sustain by volunteering. As a nonprofit we are sensitive to making the event affordable for all who want to attend and, while recruiting over 300 volunteers each year is a major undertaking, it enables the Trust to make the event possible.
Over time, the celebration has evolved from a one-day party centered around a large single music performance stage, culminating with a fireworks show, to a family-focused event with an array of activities for all ages to celebrate our Nation’s Independence. We believe it has become an iconic event due to its focus on community, so come celebrate with us as we hit the half-century mark.