The best small town 4th celebration in the West!
Hailey, Idaho, offers up perhaps the most quintessential small town 4th of July celebration in the West. In fact, the Los Angeles Times called out Hailey as one of the best places in the US to find “maximum fun for your Fourth of July.” The Hailey Days of the Old West celebration, July 2-6, offers up an exciting rodeo, a fun and unique parade on Main Street with colorful entries, plenty of horses and a Road Apple Roulette, antique market, pancake breakfast, live music and theatre, a spectacular fireworks display and the popular, family-friendly Wood River Land Trust RiverFest. There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages throughout the Wood River Valley during this holiday celebration.
Here is the run-down of what is happening during the Hailey Days of the Old West 4th of July celebration.
Hailey Days of the Old West Rodeo: Rodeo is a proud tradition in the West and in Hailey the Sawtooth Rangers have held an exciting professional rodeo, featuring some of the best riders and stock in the country, over the 4th of July every year since 1947. This year’s rodeo is under the direction of the ICA Rodeo Cowboys Association and Co Approved by the IMPRA Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association. In addition to the usual high energy action rodeo events, there is pre-rodeo entertainment with rodeo queen contestants, freestyle reining competition, mutton busting July 2nd and 3rd and hometown bull riding on July 4th. There will also be family rodeo entertainment.
Pancake Breakfast: The University of Idaho Extension, Blaine County 4-H Club families offer up a hot full breakfast of homemade pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and more at the Grange Hall in Hailey. It’s the perfect way to fuel up for the long, fun day ahead.
5K Fun Run -Tutus and Tennis Shoes: This 5k is a fun run/walk to support the Sun Valley Ballet Foundation. The first 100 registrants will receive a free race tutu, post-race hot dog, and age appropriate beverage. Register at www.sunvalleyballet.com.
- Date/Time: July 4th, 9:00 a.m. race start time
Hailey Days of the Old West Parade: Over 80 enthusiastic parade entrants march down Hailey’s Main Street to delight the crowd! This year’s parade Grand Marshal is local community advocate Lynn Campion. The Hailey Days of the Old West Parade is produced by The Chamber and the City of Hailey.
- Dates/Time: July 4th, 12noon to 1:30pm
- Registration: in advance through The Chamber, www.valleychamber.org
Hailey Rotary Road Apple Roulette: A most unusual fundraiser, the Road Apple Roulette is held each year during Hailey’s 4th of July Parade. Via GPS satellite, the parade route is sectioned off into 10,000 squares that are each designated a number. If, during the parade, a horse happens to drop a “Road Apple” on a ticketed square, the winner’s name goes into a drum for the prize drawing at the end of the parade. If someone purchases multiple squares, their name is entered for each square a “Road Apple” happens to hit. The funds raised go to a variety of special causes, events, and charities that Hailey Rotary has supported over the years.
Wood River Land Trust RiverFest: After the City of Hailey’s July 4th parade, continue your Independence Day celebration with a stroll down to the Wood River Land Trust’s popular Draper Wood River Preserve and Lions Park for some sun and family fun. The 5th annual RiverFest will offer great local food and craft vendors, free Toni’s Ice Cream (while supplies last) and kid activities. Local favorites Up A Creek and Swagger will headline this year’s music line-up.
- Dates/Time: July 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza: The City of Hailey and The Chamber proudly present a 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza that is simply spectacular. Watch the show from your favorite spot in Hailey and celebrate a fitting end to a fabulous 4th of July. KECH 95.3 will broadcast a soundtrack for the Hailey Fireworks.
- Dates/times: July 4, Dusk (9-9:30pm)
Art & Antique Fair: Nothing is more fun than treasure hunting at a well-curated antique show, and the Hailey Art & Antique show at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey will have of the best antique vendors and wares in the region, along with a beer garden and food vendors. You will be sure to find that perfect one-of-a-kind something!