Friday, June 30, 2006

Hailey to celebrate Fourth with fun, food and fireworks


The theme for the 2006 Hailey Days of Old West Independence Day Parade on Tuesday, July 4, has raised some eyebrows a notch.

As it happens, the parade's theme, "A River Runs Through Us," is aptly named. In May, the community faced flooding, bridge washouts and terse community reaction after a particularly rainy spring mixed with heavy snowmelt. The Big Wood River rose to near record heights and became the story of the spring.

Parade participants and Independence Day revelers won't soon forget the truth in the statement "a river runs through us." But everyone survived and celebrating that fact looms large in the community.

The primary Hailey Independence Day events are the parade, a barbecue picnic, the Days of the Old West Rodeo, and the fireworks display sponsored by the city of Hailey. But there are numerous additional activities throughout the Wood River Valley, including antique auctions, music and outdoor play.

The grand marshal for this year's parade is Hailey Mayor Susan McBryant. The event starts on Main Street at noon at Myrtle Street and proceeds south to Cedar Street.

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce Barbecue at Hop Porter Park fires up at the end of the parade. Musical entertainment is provided by the Kim Stocking Band.

Roughly 2,300 fireworks will be shot off behind Wood River High School beginning at 10:20 p.m.

(For extensive listings and coverage of Fourth of July weekend events in the Wood River Valley, see the Mountain Express' special Fourth of July section in the Wednesday, June 28, edition.)

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