Vader is gearing up for a huge community fireworks display and organizers say they are putting the finishing touches on their Fourth of July plans.
Sponsored by "one proud Air Force mom, three proud veterans and one Army brat," the event is planned to feature live entertainment, free food, events for kids and at least two hours worth of fireworks this Independence Day.
"We have some of the biggest booms you’ve ever seen," said co-organizer Judy Costello of the anticipated fireworks display, which she said has been completely paid for through funds pooled since last September by the five parties involved. "We want everyone to know this is totally free to them. We just want them to come and enjoy the evening."
Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. July 4 in the fields near the Vader Post Office. On the schedule are open mike sessions, a performance from Vancouver-based Nehemiah Brown, a lawnmower parade led by City Council Member Andy Wilson, the recitation of portions of the U.S. Constitution, and events for the children. Starting promptly at 9 p.m., come rain or shine, will be the fireworks display, which is expected to last at least until 11 a.m.
Costello said organizers are still open to ideas for kid’s entertainment and hope to be able to provide a bouncy house among other attractions. As the date draws nearer, organizers will have more plans in place, she said.
Those who wish to find out more, or to become involved, may contact Costello at (360) 295-3036.
"Come be a proud American," she said. "Come bring your lawn chair, flag, apple pie, mom and celebrate the Fourth in Vader."