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July 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bigfork Chamber of Commerce Cancel Fourth of July Parade for Public Safety
Annually, Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce host the Fourth of July parade, drawing thousands of spectators each year. This year however, the chamber will be forgoing a large-scale public celebrations, citing public safety as their top priority.
Under Governor Bullock’s Reopening the Big Sky phased plan, phase two, which started June 1, allows for social gatherings of up to fifty people, still taking into consideration social distancing measures.
Additionally, the parade requires a public-facing planning phase of approximately 30 days, and while organized groups of more than fifty people will be permitted in later phases of reopening, there is no guarantee of the state being in a position for those larger events by the beginning of July.
“The decision to cancel is unfortunate. The Fourth of July Parade is a longstanding tradition for families, friends and visitors in Bigfork and we share in your disappointment. Ultimately, it is the health and safety of our community that is most important this year,” said Rebekah King, Executive Director of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce.
Our organization is looking forward to the return of this iconic event in the future and encourage Flathead Valley families and neighbors to celebrate with each other this year in safe, responsible ways.
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. Bring your whole family to view our great parade to celebrate the birth of our country. The 4th of July Parade in Bigfork has been voted “Best Parade in the Flathead” year after year.
Music will once again be provided by the Flathead Valley Community Band which is scheduled to begin playing in front of the Bigfork Inn at 11 a.m. The 2019 Parade Grand Marshall will be announced prior to the parade.
Following the parade, the popular rubber duck race will take place. The Ducks for Bucks race gets underway on the Wild Mile of the Swan River. Proceeds from Ducks for Bucks will pay for prizes and a scholarship for a deserving senior from Bigfork High School.
For everyone to have a clear view of the parade, there will be no cars allowed in downtown Bigfork after 8 am on the 4th. Parking is available at the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 82, with shuttles to downtown.
Horses, clowns, fire trucks and floats of all designs stream down Grand and Electric Avenues cheered on by huge crowds of spectators all along the way. If you would like to be in the parade, we’d love to have you.