4th of July activities include rodeo, watermelon and river party

STORY AND PHOTO OF KAREN BOSSICK

Celebrate “Red, White and Blue 2022” as the town of Hailey rolls out the carpet for 4th of July activities.

The Hailey’s Days of the Old West Independence Day Parade begins at noon on the 4th of July. And this quintessential hometown parade attracted new players, like Joanne Wetherell and her RE/MAX.

Of course, the weekend in Hailey kicks off with the Hailey Antique Fair and the Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo, both of which begin on Saturday.

Riverfest follows the parade, then fireworks will explode at dusk from the usual area near Wood River High School in what traditionally attracts more guests than any other week of the year, according to the chamber director Mike McKenna.

Here is the schedule:

  • Hailey Antique Fair—This year’s fair will feature a beer garden and mechanical bull riding in addition to these unique treasures. You’ll find it 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Roberta McKercher Park.
  • Sawtooth Rangers Days of the Old West Rodeo—This professional rodeo will feature some of the best riders and horses in the country. Rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. every night Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, with pre-events starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Children 12 and under are admitted free with paying adults on Saturdays. Tickets are on sale at the Hailey Welcome Center next to the rodeo grounds and at all three Atkinsons Markets locations.

  • Hailey Days of the Old West Parade – Over 80 parade participants will parade down Hailey’s Main Street at noon. Grand Marshals will be the Nelson family in honor of the 50e anniversary of the Ray Nelson Invitational Baseball Tournament.
  • RiverFest hosted by Sawtooth Brewery and Visit Sun Valley will take place from 1-6 p.m. at Hailey’s Hop Porter Park. You can expect live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and a vintage car show hosted by Bennyz Hot Rods.

    Additionally, the Papoose Club will be selling watermelon with proceeds going to fund social, educational, cultural and athletic activities for children in Blaine County. (PS The Papoose Club plans to bring back its Wagon Days Labor Day Pancake Breakfast after a two-year hiatus.)

  • Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza presented by the City of Hailey and Valley Chamber will feature approximately 20 minutes of color in the sky starting at dusk. Beware: Fireworks bans are in place in Blaine County, Bellevue, and Ketchum, so leave it to the pros.
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