Celebrate Freedom in Clark County: Unveiling Independence Day Events for 2023!

As the summer sun shines bright and anticipation fills the air, Clark County stands ready to unleash an unforgettable spectacle of celebration and patriotism. In this blog post, we will unravel the sensational lineup of historical treasures, unique traditions, and family-friendly events that await you in the county this 2023. Whether you’re a local seeking to immerse yourself in the community or a visitor looking for an indelible experience, this is your ultimate guide to capturing the essence of the Fourth of July in this vibrant corner of Washington.

Summer Fest’s Picnic in the Park | Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

  • Date: July 1, 2023
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: 612 E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver’s Summer Fest 2023 is a highly anticipated free event that celebrates the spirit of freedom and promises a day filled with a vibrant atmosphere, laughter, and excitement for families and individuals of all ages.

Experience a world of wonder while exploring the historic site, immersed in the many engaging activities. Go on historic tours while riding military vehicles and groove to the beats of live music from two dynamic stages. Let your competitive spirit soar as you and your loved ones engage in friendly matches of lawn checkers, badminton, and horseshoes.

For those who are looking for a laid-back experience, enjoy a lovely picnic. Bring your own cozy blanket and picnic basket or indulge in numerous food options from local vendors. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample a wide variety of ciders and beers in the Beer Garden, the perfect way to toast a memorable 4th of July, if you’re of legal drinking age.

Please note that, under Vancouver regulations, there will not be a fireworks show during the Summer Fest 2023. However, the abundance of live entertainment, festive atmosphere, and fun-filled activities will ensure that the event remains an unforgettable celebration of freedom. 

2023 Ridgefield Independence 5K/10K | Downtown Ridgefield

  • Date: July 4, 2023
  • Time: 8 a.m.
  • Location: 121 N Main Ave, Ridgefield WA 98642
  • Admission: $25 (5K), $35 (10K), price increases $5 June 26th

Lace up your sneakers and join the Ridgefield runners in one of Clark County’s most historic and patriotic runs – the 2023 Ridgefield Independence 5K/10K. It provides an opportunity to combine community spirit, fitness, and celebration in one event.

Take on the challenge of either race, both of which will test your determination and endurance. The race starts at 8 in the morning, allowing participants to bask in the cool morning air as they run around the scenic rolling hills of the city. You’ll be treated to the fantastic views of this charming town as you make your way through the course.

Hungry after the race? Fear Not! Food trucks will be available to satisfy your cravings, offering a delectable array of culinary delights. This exciting event isn’t just about personal achievements and celebration because by participating you also help support high school sports and the development of young athletes in the area.

4th of July Concert & Fireworks Celebration | Marina Park

  • Date: July 4, 2023
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Location: 24 S A St, Washougal, WA 98671
  • Admission: Free

Have an unforgettable 4th of July celebration at Marina Park with the 4th of July Concert & Fireworks by Port of Camas-Washougal. This eagerly awaited event blends mouthwatering food, live music, and a stunning fireworks show to create a truly indelible festivity.

As the sun sets, the park will come alive with the rhythm of talented bands ready to captivate and entertain the crowd. Plunge into the festive atmosphere and dance to the music while feeling the beats pulse down your veins. The lineup of bands promises a diverse mix of genres and styles, providing something for everyone to enjoy.

But the fun doesn’t stop with the energetic performances. Get ready to be awestruck as the night sky illuminates with a dazzling fireworks extravaganza. Be amazed by the spectacular displays and vibrant colors as they dance across the heavens.

Throughout this event, several food vendors will be on-site, offering an array of delicious treats. Mingle with everyone, indulge in appetizing food, enjoy the live performances, and celebrate freedom surrounded by the beauty of nature at Marina Park’s 4th of July Concert & Fireworks. 

Bigfoot Fun Run | Yacolt

  • Date: July 1 – 2, 2023
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Location: 202 W Cushman St, Yacolt, WA 98675
  • Admission: $40 (5K Run/Walk), $50 (10K Run/Walk), $130 (Hellz Bellz Ultra)

Embrace the spirit of adventure and join the annual Bigfoot Fun Run in Yacolt. This event is the perfect way to kick off your 4th of July weekend and let yourself be surrounded by the beauty of Clark County.

The event offers different race options for people of all ages and fitness levels. Be captivated by the picturesque scenery as you traverse the paths and trails that wind across this scenic region. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled experience or a seasoned runner, this event welcomes you with open arms.

Aside from 5K and 10K Run/Walk, the event weekend also features a challenging race that will push your limits – the Hellz Bellz Ultra. It’s an adventure like no other. Put your skills to the test while you journey along the trails, encountering steep climbs, serene waterfalls, technical sections, and majestic views of Mt St. Helens.

Hellz Bellz Ultra includes four aid stations where participants can rest and replenish lost calories. The Bigfoot Fun Run is one of Clark County’s beloved traditions that attracts a vibrant community of participants to celebrate freedom and revel in the thrill of running.

Fourth of July Celebration | Ridgefield

  • Date: July 4, 2023
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Location: 206 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642
  • Admission: Free

The Fourth of July Celebration of the City of Ridgefield has been a highly anticipated tradition. This small community knows how to commemorate the independence of our nation in a grand way, and this year’s celebration pledges to be better and bigger than ever.

Back with a bang, prepared to dive into the patriotic spirit as the community celebrates freedom and the richness of the American heritage. The festivities include many fun and exciting events such as Fun Runs, Pet & Kid Pre-Parade, the 4th of July Parade, and the 4th of July Festival.

Head over to Overlook Park to witness a variety of entertainment like street dancing and live performances on the stage. The Pie Eating Contest is also a must for those with a competitive streak.

From cute little ones dressed in patriotic colors to the vibrant floats, delectable food, unique crafts, electric performances, and family-friendly activities, this event is truly a testament to the city’s unwavering patriotism and commitment to celebrating our nation’s independence.


Clark County ignites with the vibrant spirit of freedom as we come together to celebrate Independence Day like never before. These remarkable events are more than mere celebrations; they embody the resilient essence of liberty and unity that defines our beloved nation. 

So, save the date, rally with your loved ones, and immerse yourself in extraordinary festivities that will kindle your soul with joy and inflame your heart with a profound sense of pride. Let’s unite in celebration, embrace our rich diversity, pay homage to our cherished heritage, and rejoice in our collective love for this great land we proudly call home.

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