At eight in the morning in downtown Bigfork, Montana, locals and tourists began to set out their folding chairs for both their families and friends on Grand and Elective Avenue in anticipation for the 4th of July Parade.
The two hour parade, which originally started as a quaint, hometown parade and has been voted best parade in the Flathead Valley year after year, showcases decorated horses, fire trucks who playfully hose down the overheated viewers, the Bigfork Cheerleaders, and an outstanding amount of floats created by local businesses and more.
This year’s theme, “Western Stars and Stripes,”created by the Bigfork Chamber of Commerce, had an estimated 5,000 parade enthusiasts present and a collective 85 floats built in celebration of America’s birthday. Each year, the number of people present grows exponentially.
l Photo from @motiveslady: Fire Trucks are a highlight of the Bigfork 4th of July Parade l
Spectators gathered along the sidewalk, starting at the Bigfork Middle School and wound through the village all the way to Brookie’s Yardside. As the parade takes its course, young children push through the crowds for a better view, and most importantly, for the candy thrown from floats. On the rooftops of local businesses, onlookers sip their local beer and laugh at the crowd below who are soaked by the fire trucks.
l Photo from: Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce l
All summer, downtown businesses prepare for the chaos and each year, they succeed while serving their customers with a patriotic smile on their face. The Montana Scene spends the beginning of their summer making sure our entire attire is in stock and folded to perfection for the locals and the newcomers.
With each year the numbers grow, The Montana Scene continues to welcome the lines that linger through the store and out the door with ice cold coffee to quench their thirst, huckleberry ice cream for the tourist who crave the new taste, and most importantly, new 4th of July inspired attire for the boat, the fireworks, and the experience."