With a newly implemented ban on Fireworks in the City Limits of Vancouver, you may be looking to start a new Fourth of July tradition. Look no further, here are some of Clark County's best Fourth of July Celebrations.
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
July 4th - Festivities Begin @ 6:00 PM
One of Vancouver's most beloved traditions, Independence Day at Fort Vancouver will kick off at 6:00 PM. There will be live music and a variety of vendors. Fireworks will launch at 10:05 PM. Entry to the event is a $5.00 suggested donation. For more information click here.
Ridgefield 4th of July Celebration
July 4th - Festivities Begin @ 7:00 AM
Ridgefield is kicking things off with a Pancake Feed starting at 7:00 AM. The festivities continue with a Fun Run beginning at 8:00 AM, a Pet & Kid Pre-Parade at 10:15 AM, followed by the Fourth of July Wild Wild West themed parade at 11:00 AM. The fun continues with a BBQ, Kids Day, Vendors and Dancing in the Park. The evening will conclude with fireworks at 10:00 PM. For more information click here.
Fireworks at Ilani Casino
July 2nd @ 9:45 PM
The Ilani casino will be having a fireworks show on Sunday evening. For more information click here.
Yacolt's Rendezvous Days
July 4th - Festivities Begin @ 10:00 AM
Yacolt celebrates the Fourth with a Parade, The Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony, Old Fashion Fun & Games in the Town Park and of course, Fireworks at dusk. For more information click here.
Riverside Concert at Marina Park
July 4th - Festivities Begin @ 4:30 PM
Enjoy music, family fun and fireworks with a great view at the Marina Park in Washougal, WA. For more information click here.
What is your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Comment below.
I recently held a Father's Day Giveaway on my Facebook Page. I set the daunting task of selecting your favorite burger joint in Clark County. The options provided were some of my local favorites: Old Town Burgers & Breakfast, Burgerville, Killer Burger & Five Guys. I also encouraged my followers to write in their own favorite if it wasn't one of the above mentioned. With a sample size of 450 Clark County residents, here are the results!
AND THE WINNER IS.... Killer Burger with 133 Votes!
Killer Burger is located at 1525 SE 164th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98683 and is famous for their Peanut Butter, Bacon, Pickle Burger!
The following beloved burgers were also mentioned:
Which burger joint is your favorite? Are you planning to try out any of the burger joints mentioned in this post?
I know I have quite a few places to add to my Burger "Bucket List."
Home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in the last 50 years. Yet a large portion of Americans are still renting properties, instead of enjoying a home of their own. Consumer reports believe this is an issue because of a buyer's lack of trust in their ability to purchase. It is still a long standing notion that a buyer needs 20% towards the cost of the home in order to move forward, but this isn't true. With countless down payment assistant programs, and closing cost roll-ins, a home owner could move in with as little as a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Which is a huge difference in the time it takes to save up to make the move.
With interest rates at an all time low, home ownership in today's market is a great investment. The money saved over a mortgage's lifespan can result in tens of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds. That's more money in your pocket today. Don't wait to buy when interest rates soar again. With low interest rates, that means your monthly mortgage payments are at a significantly lower cost, as well. With such a heated housing marketing, rental prices are soaring, and statistics are constantly showing that home ownership can be equivalent to your rental rate each month, if not less. Why get stuck in a small 2 bedroom apartment, if you can move into a home a pay a monthly rate that is the same, and get a 3 bedroom house with a great backyard?
There is also a fear that a home can keep you "stuck" or "rooted" to one place, without an easy transition out if you decide to move. Although the future of the housing market isn't easily predictable from location to location, you can always discuss with your agent about buying a home in an area that has a strong turn-over rate when a home hits the market. The equity build up when it comes time to selling is going to be far more beneficial, than if you put money into a rental and decided to move. The money from selling the property can be used to purchase a new home. With renting, there would be no additional funds to transition into a new place.
Now imagine if you were renting a home for $2000/month. If your landlord is renting to make a profit, think how much less you'd be paying on a monthly basis towards your mortgage, if the home was yours. Then you wouldn't be paying a landlord to profit off of you, you'd be paying a reasonable rate, and get to call the property your own. Discuss with your agent and lender the steps you need to take towards home ownership, you might be happily surprised about the type of home you can afford to move into.