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Celebrate the Fourth in Bigfork

BIGFORK, MT…Bigfork knows how to throw a party.  And when it’s our country’s birthday, Bigfork really knows how to celebrate.  Centerpiece of the celebration is the annual parade through Bigfork which begins at noon.  Voted the “Best Parade” in the Flathead Valley, the theme of this year’s parade will be “Celebrating America’s Heroes”. Co-Grand Marshalls will be Hal Curtiss and the members of Bigfork High School’s state championship basketball team. Music will once again be provided by the Community Band which is scheduled to begin playing in front of the Bigfork Inn at 11:30 a.m.

At approximately 12:05 pm, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion honor guard will present the colors in front of the Bigfork Inn and Robin Gough will sing the Star Spangled Banner. The parade will then continue down Electric Avenue to the bridge.

Later in the afternoon, yellow plastic ducks will take the place of kayaks on the Swan River’s Wild Mile as the Ducks for Bucks race gets underway. Many of Bigfork’s shops, galleries and restaurants will be open featuring specials for the day and weekend.

Entries for the parade are encouraged to register in advance and follow the theme of the parade.  Line-up will be on Grand Drive.  All entries must be in place by 11:15 a.m. when the streets will be closed to traffic. Judging of entries will take place during the parade and awards will be given at the Bigfork Fire Hall barbecue in the afternoon. For a registration form and a list of parade entry rules, visit

Other events on the Fourth include the 4th Annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m.  The race course will start at Brookies Cookies on Mill Avenue, run along the Swan River Nature Trail and back to Brookies.  To register in advance, visit  There will be t-shirts for the first 100 registrants.

There will also be a free Pancake Breakfast at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. In addition to pancakes, the menu will feature sausage, eggs and orange juice. The church is located at 121 Crestview Drive.

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