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Graeagle Independence Day celebrations to kick off Friday, June 30


The highly anticipated cornhole tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with check ins and warmups, followed by a day packed with competitive cornhole fun at Herb Rowe Park in Graeagle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will also be food, drinks, and treats available during the Day in the Park, for those spectating and strolling amidst competitors.

Be on the lookout for vendors such as the Portola Swim Team who will offer snow cones, a bake sale by the Portola High School Cheerleaders, and beer from the Rotary Club of Portola. There will also be booths by the Lost Sierra Foundation and Lost Sierra Chamber.

Deadline reminder: Thursday, June 29 at noon is the deadline for online registration for both the cornhole tournament and parade registration, so be sure to visit https://graeaglefireworks.org/ to sign up!


On Saturday, July 1, day two of the cornhole tournament will be in full swing with check in and warm-ups starting at 9 a.m. and the tournament in full play between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Herb Rowe Park.

Submitted by Graeagle Independence Day Committee

Be on the lookout: Fill the Boot for the Fireworks!

Graeagle Independence Day partners with the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Fighters to collect donations for the fireworks show and associated events. 100% of the donations collected go to the fireworks and events. Firefighters and volunteers line the street in Graeagle and rally for donations. The fund drive is held on Saturday, July 1 between approximately 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The location of the event is on each side of Highway 89 in front of the Graeagle Clinic. For those still interested in volunteering, you will hand out fun Fourth of July prizes in exchange for donations. To sign up as a volunteer, click here.


There will also be an Old Fashioned Day in the Park, with music, food, drinks and treats, with the Lions Club of Portola to offer pulled pork sandwiches, brats, chips and drinks while Graeagle Restaurant will be serving up burgers with all of the fixings.

The Rotary Club of Portola will be back with beer, and the Portola Swim Team will be selling snow cones while PHS Cheerleaders sell yummy baked goods.

High Sierra Animal Rescue will be offering a chance to get your face painted, and fifth and sixth graders from C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School in Portola will be selling lemonade and glow sticks to enjoy after dark. There will be a chance to win prizes from the Lost Sierra Foundation, and booths from the Lost Sierra Chamber and Sierra Valley Little League.

The day in the park is to be followed by Mill Pond fun, with the ever-popular and talented Danny Horton Band to play boot-stomping tunes for the whole family to enjoy in the hours leading up to dusk and a magnificent fireworks show over the Mill Pond. The Elks will be serving up hot tacos and cool margaritas, with the Lady Elks to offer up a sweet treat of cotton candy.


The last day of festivities, Sunday, July 2, starts off with a tasty pancake breakfast at the Graeagle Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with children able to enjoy jumping through the giant Rotary Club of Portola bounce house between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Old Fashioned Day in the Park will offer music, food, drinks and treats on Sunday, July 2, with Neighbor’s Band playing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Ophir Prison Band returning for a fun-filled show from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The parade is set to occur at 1 p.m. sharp. Parents and children that would like to be a part of the Memorial Bicycle Brigade are asked to bring their decorated bikes to the Moving West RV Park on Sunday, July 2 at 12:30 p.m. It’s free and there is no registration required to participate in the brigade.

The Lions Club of Portola will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, brats, chips, and drinks, while Graeagle Restaurant will be back with more burgers with all of the fixings. The Rotary Club of Portola will be selling beer, and the Portola Swim Team will be offering a final chance at snow cones while PHS Cheerleaders sell baked goods. High Sierra Animal Rescue will be painting more faces in the park, while CRC fifth and sixth graders offer sweet lemonade and glow sticks.

For more information, visit https://graeaglefireworks.org/events/ or follow the event Facebook page here.

One thought on “Graeagle Independence Day celebrations to kick off Friday, June 30

  • Come one – come all for this wonderful Graeagle 4th tradition!! Fireworks will be EXTRA-spectacular this year to make up for the delay last year. Appreciate all donations and our incredible volunteer help. Never too late to jump in if you can help out! See you in the park!

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