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A Flathead Fourth

By Beacon Staff

In the Flathead Valley over the holiday weekend? The area abounds with patriotic fever, ranging from firework shows, down-home barbecue, American Quarter horse racing and live country music shows. For a list of even more events scheduled for the holiday weekend, visit www.flatheadevents.net.

Kalispell

July 3 The annual 4th of July parade starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and will meander down Main Street. For more information, call (406) 758-2800.

Following the parade, the city is invited to gather on the lawn of the Conrad Mansion for a free ice cream social, complete with patriotic music. Porteus BBQ will be available for purchase. Tours of the mansion will be available every half hour for a fee. For more information, call (406) 755-2166.

Whitefish

July 1-3 Golfers can partake in the 72nd annual 4th of July Golf Tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club. Call (406) 862-5960 for more information.

July 2 Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen will play a concert at Grouse Mountain Lodge Pavilion to benefit the chamber’s fireworks fund. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., while the show starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $25. Call (406) 862-3501 for more information.

July 2-4 Billed as being “fun for the whole family,” the Whitefish Arts Festival at Depot Park will feature arts and crafts vendors, food, music and other entertainment over a three-day period. The festival starts each day at 10:00 a.m., ends at 6:00 p.m., and admission is free. Contact (406) 862 5875 for more information.

July 2-5 Starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Majestic Valley Arena, watch youth, amateurs and professionals compete while riding American Quarter Horses. Concessions are available and all proceeds will benefit the Montana Quarter Horse Youth Association. For more information, call (406) 755-5366.

July 3 Jameson and the Sordid Seeds will play at the Pin and Cue. A BBQ and beer garden starts at 2 p.m. while the show kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call (406) 261-0946 for more information.

A Freedom Fest street dance kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets. Rob Quist, Great Northern and the Kenny James Miller Band will all play and the cost is $15. Call (406) 862-3501 for more information.

July 4 Activities galore, including kids’ activities and concessions begin at 1:00 p.m. at Whitefish City Beach. The fireworks show will start around 10:30 p.m. Call (406) 862-3501 for more information.

Lakeside/Somers

July 3 The Vintage Whites Market will be open 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at 269 Burns St. in Somers. This market, created by three local women, only opens its doors once a month. It features vintage-inspired décor, knickknacks and baked goods. Call (406) 270- 2712 for more information.

July 4 Lakeside will hold a fireworks display over the Flathead Lake starting at 11:00 p.m. Call (406) 844-3715 for more information.

The Far West will venture onto the lake for those wanting a closer view of the fireworks. Call (406) 844-BOAT for more information.

Bigfork

July 3 Kickin’Chickin/Brookies Cookies is hosting a Liberty Bell Party at noon. For more information, call (406) 837-2447.

July 4 Bigfork’s “Good Old Fashion” parade will begin downtown at noon. A children’s carnival at Sliter’s Park will follow the parade. Call (406) 837-5888 for more information.

At 4:00 p.m., a flock of rubber ducks will race down the Swan River’s “Wild Mile” during the annual “Ducks for Bucks.” To purchase a duck, call (406) 837-5888.

Polson

July 4 The Polson Centennial 4th of July parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club, begins at noon. After the parade, grab a free treat at the Polson Flathead Museum’s Ice Cream Social. Museum admission for the day is free. Call (406) 883-3049 for more information.

Later in the evening, watch for a fireworks show sponsored by the Polson Chamber of Commerce and the Marine Corps League, from the south side of the bridge. For more information, call (406) 883-5969

Those wanting a better view can board a lake cruise at the KwaTaqNuk Resort. The cruise departs at 8:45 p.m. and returns around 11:15 p.m. For more information, call the KwaTaqNuk Resort at (406) 883-3636.

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