Fourth show lights up night but no blast from the past

first_imgAs they sat in the shade waiting for Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular to start, Diane Bott, 52, and her daughter Trinity, 12, admitted they were a little disappointed.The show, in its 56th year, included the return of food vendors and music — both of which were missing in 2018 — but the gigantic crowds of earlier decades seemed nowhere to be found. Instead, visitors clustered throughout the late afternoon under trees, on blankets or wherever there was some shade from the warm sun at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.It was a decent-sized crowd, but it certainly wasn’t 50,000 people, and likely not even the 35,000 that The Historic Trust was initially expecting. As of 8:30 p.m., about 12,000 people had gathered, according to Jennifer Harmon, an organizer with The Historic Trust, “but they are starting to come in droves.”“I don’t know what that means, but it is definitely starting to pick up,” she said in a phone message shortly before 9 p.m. “And C-Tran is dropping a lot of people off.”Harmon estimated a turnout of 20,000 to 22,000 people.“Last year was bad,” Bott said. “I was really disappointed. Without having food or music, we kind of regretted it. They said they were going to have more than what they have this year, but this is it — just a few food stands. I should have gone down to the (Clark County) Fairgrounds, but I hear it was pretty dead down there too.”last_img read more