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Parade in Bigfork, Montana, 4th of July celebration

Parades are a staple of 4th of July celebrations in many towns across American.  Bigfork, Montana, a small town at the head of Flathead Lake and near Kalispell in northwest Montana has one of the best. 

Bigfork’s 4th of July parade (on a Thursday in 2019) begins at 12:00 noon in downtown Bigfork.  All the traditional stuff and more in this one:  horses, floats, classic cars, and clowns. 

Parade entries are judged in several categories, so this is an incentive for them to try harder for bragging rights which winners can tout long after the parade ends.

To accommodate the event, no parking is allowed in the downtown beginning at 8:00 A.M.  Instead public parking and free shuttle service is provided from a location nearby.

All this in small town atmosphere, Bigfork (pop. 4,270).  The theme of this year’s parade is “Americas Heroes.”  Expect to see a bit of red, white, and blue. 

If you go, check out the Old Bridge Pub, 260 River Street, downtown, and try their many delicious dining selections.  A HAMMY SALAMMY sub (black forest ham, salami, and Swiss cheese) is yummy, only $9.50.  Add a bottle of root beer, $2.50.  Pizza and burgers here too.  Hey, it’s a Pub, want a cold beer? 

And don’t leave town without stopping at Eva Gates store to stock up on homemade preserves and syrups.  Wild huckleberry preserves here are tops.  Gift boxes, too.  Eva Gates is downtown on Electric Avenue. 

It’s amazing that Bigfork sponsors a parade to entertain the locals and many tourists who are in this part of Montana in early July.  Bigfork has many delightful merchants, pubs, and restaurants to add fun and flavor to the day’s events.  MTbest™

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