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Road Trip Explore! E-zine, Issue 13--Rollicking 4th of July Travel Destinations!
June 22, 2017

Rollicking 4th of July Travel Destinations!

Dear Friends,

While travel industry influencers publish their annual, "Top 10 4th of July Travel Destination in the USA" picks, at are featured some road-less-traveled favorites where Independence Day is celebrated with just as much fun and special western small town exuberance.

There's no better time to enjoy a road trip in the USA than when spirits are high and patriotism flows while citizens of the one of the greatest nations on Earth celebrate their independence and freedom!

Bridgeport, California

Located off the east of the majestic Sierra Nevada, just northeast of Yosemite National Park with Sequoia National Park farther south, Bridgeport takes pride in providing an old fashioned Fourth of July celebration to residents and visitors. It's a fun filled day with all American camaraderie, feasting and activities to please everyone.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the high school, followed by the 5 Mile Run and 3 Mile Walk events at 8 a.m. Kids' fun activities and arts and crafts occupy families until the Parade begins on Main Street at 10 a.m.

Throughout the afternoon residents and visitors enjoy old fashion games and friendly competitions including, horseshoes, mud volleyball, watermelon eating contest, arm wrestling, grease pole climbing, a rubber duck race and karaoke. Catch a BBQ lunch at the Bridgeport Gun Club or picnic in the park.

As evening approaches, wind down on the Courthouse Lawn and enjoy Fiddlin' Pete and a live music concert from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Still hungry? Head on over to the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship for free BBQ; they start serving at 7 p.m. Finish off the day by watching a stellar fireworks display at the airport beginning at dark.

Jackson, Wyoming

Nestled in the shadows of the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park , Jackson is a western small town with big personality. As the major gateway to Yellowstone National Park , the small population living there caters to tourist's needs year around.

Breakfast at 7 a.m. is an annual tradition and it is all-you-can eat pancakes and more at the Town Square; the Jackson Hole Lion Club does the cooking.

After a leisurely repast, folks stay close by and line the sidewalks to see the Jackson Hole Fourth of July Patriotic Parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m.

Check out the Grand Teton Music Festival in Teton Village starting at 6 p.m. This is a popular concert and quickly sells out, so come prepared with tickets purchased in advance and arrive very early to secure parking. This patriotic extravaganza is followed by a fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m.

Visitors who choose to remain in Jackson for the rest of the day can enjoy an old Wild West live reenactment at 6 p.m. at the famous Town Square Shootout. Then, mosey on over to enjoy another western tradition, The Fourth of July Rodeo held at the Teton County Fairgrounds, beginning at 8 p.m. The rodeo ends just in time, 10 p.m., for everyone to enjoy the festive fireworks show located at the base of Snow King Mountain in town.

Molalla, Oregon

If you are "Proud to be American", then Molalla, is the place to be for Independence Day. Festivities entertain visitors, and the residents who welcome them, throughout the day. Join the happy crowd lining Main Street at 9:30 a.m. to kick off the day with the Giant Street Parade. At the same time, mirroring the parade route, professional and amateur athletes celebrate in the Freedom 5K run.

Folks disperse and make their way across this small town to Clark Park and fairgrounds, where they enjoy a picnic lunch and spend some family time at the carnival until the Molalla Buckaroo PRCA Rodeo begins. Performances start at 1:30 p.m. and then again at 8:00 p.m., followed by a breathtaking fireworks display, and then live music entertainment. It's a Wild West event in Oregon's ranch country visitors return for year after year!

When visiting here, make time to see the splendor of the foothills of the Cascades, the Molalla River Corridor and Table Rock Wilderness , and the Clackamas River Recreation Area.

Silverton, Colorado

Silverton, Colorado is another small western American town that gets under visitors' skin. There's something about it that is unforgettable and nothing more so than the Independence Day celebration. Start the day early, at 8 a.m., with the Silverton, Colorado 4th of July Fun Run kicking off from Memorial Park.

Then, walk to Greene and Blair Streets to see the 4th of July Parade, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Last Frontier Wild West Village Carnival at Memorial Park. Folks love launching their little rubber ducks in the Duck Derby held at Cement Creek at 2 p.m.

The evening festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Notorious Blair Street. Imaginge this old west red light district coming to life with food, drink, stage presentations and live music; it's a rollicking good time!

Finish off the night with the award winning Silverton Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks show at 9 p.m.; deemed "Best in the West"!

Yachats, Oregon

The Oregon coast is a worldwide bucket list destination. Visitors come not only for its magnificent beauty, but for its unparalleled public beach access from its Columbia River border at Washington State to its Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument border at California.

There's no better time to visit than for the Independence Day celebrations happening up and down the coastline and one of the best is at the enchanting village of Yachats (YAH-hots) on the Oregon Central Coast .

Start celebrating early at the Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast. This hearty all-you-can-eat meal starts at 7:30 a.m. and dishes up to late-comers until 11 a.m. Then, walk 1 block to the Yachats Ladies Club for their old-time Pie and Ice Cream Social. Plan to go early, 10:30 a.m., because the doors close when the pies sell out at this popular event.

Animated visitors, and residents alike, line the village streets for the much anticipated noon-time la de da Parade. Spend the afternoon exploring Yachats, the seaside, enjoying great eats, art and live music. Kids love the Duck Race held at 2:30 p.m.

There's nothing more awesome than a spectacular Pacific Ocean sunset followed by fantastic fireworks over Yachats Bay; the perfect end to a splendid day!

Wherever you travel to for Independence Day, make your trip a great one!

Happy 4th of July to all!

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