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Independence Day approaches

As summer finally arrives, it’s already time to prepare for the upcoming 47th annual Graeagle Independence Day celebration, held this year Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7.

This year’s theme is “Living the Gift of a Lifetime,” and organizers encourage all to do just that starting with the Graeagle Lions’ Dance at the Corner Barn in Blairsden featuring Déjà vu Friday, July 5, at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be available and the Hot Rod Show and Shine will be presented by the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders.

Saturday, July 6, offers Old West gun battles by the Nevada Gunfighters in the Graeagle Park at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Civil War battles will be held by the Reenactors of the Civil War in the Graeagle Field at both noon and 3 p.m.

Pre-fireworks celebrations commence at the Graeagle Mill Pond from 4 to 9 p.m., with food and refreshments by the Calpine Elks and cotton candy by the Lady Elks. Music and karaoke at the Mill Pond kick off at 6 p.m., and the renowned aerial fireworks display begins over the pond at dusk, around 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 7, features a 10 a.m. Civil War battle, and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Graeagle Fire Department at the Graeagle Fire Hall from 8 to 11 a.m.

The Old-Fashioned Day in the Park starts at 10 a.m., and will have the Lions Club BBQ, refreshments, games and music available for the enjoyment of all, with the annual parade in downtown Graeagle from 1 to 2 p.m.

The weekend wraps up with a concert by the Ophir Prison Band at the park after the parade, for those who may still have a little more swing in their step. More information on the lineup will be released as it becomes available.

Event organizers encourage all to please donate and support this hometown event.

“Donations, business and organization sponsors, donation cans, button sales, and a lot of hard work from volunteers make this event possible. We are fortunate to live in an area where the community comes together to support local events,” said organizers.

Parade entry forms and fireworks donation forms are both available at graeagle.com/gidc .

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