All are invited to join in on the festivities during the 48th celebration of the nation’s independence in Graeagle’s Herb Rowe Park on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3.
“For nearly 50 years the town of Graeagle and Mohawk Valley has been pleased to host a weekend of fun for the whole family,” said organizers. “We are ‘small town proud’ and cordially invite you and your loved ones to join us as we bring back some of the events families have come to enjoy for decades. A parade, fireman’s pancake breakfast, kids’ games, local treats and goods, and the famous Graeagle fireworks are all part of this year’s celebration.”
The fun starts with a day in the park on Saturday, July 2 starting with a cornhole tournament at 9 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. check-in and warm up.
All are invited to play, spectate, and enjoy the music while browsing the offerings of vendors such as Graeagle Restaurant, who will be offering burgers and Graeagle Meadows, offering breakfast burritos from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and taco salads from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Portola will be serving up margaritas and beer, and the C. Roy Carmichael PTA will be serving cupcakes and lemonade, while C. Roy Carmichael fifth and sixth graders will be selling lemonade and glow sticks.
High Sierra Animal Rescue will be on hand with popcorn and face painting, with the Rotary Club of Portola also hosting the popular bounce house. Thirsty attendees will be able to find water bottles at the Graeagle Church booth and at the Mill Pond, the Calpine Elks will be serving tacos and margaritas while the Lady Elks sell sweet cotton candy to eat while watching the fireworks over the water at dusk.
Dry camping in Graeagle
Guests interested in dry camping are invited to stay in their RV, tent or trailer on a first come first-serve basis for the event weekend. Reservations are not being offered. Check in is at the Graeagle Chevron gas station to pay for a permit at a cost of $30 per night. Permits are cash or check only.
No fire rings are permitted, and a reminder that there are no services as it is dry camping only. All are asked to pack out their trash. Vehicles without a permit will be towed at the owner’s expense. More information is available at http://playgraeagle.com/camping/.
Parade Day- Sunday, July 3
The day starts with a pancake breakfast at the Graeagle Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the opening of the old-fashioned day in the park at 11 a.m.
This is followed by the parade in downtown Graeagle at 1 p.m. honoring the 2022 Grand Marshall, Plumas County Search and Rescue.
The popular Danny Horton will be playing music in the park beginning at 2 p.m. and the cornhole tournament playoffs will begin after the parade at about 2:30 p.m.
Vendors in the park will be Graeagle Restaurant offering burgers, Graeagle Meadows offering taco salads from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Rotary Club of Portola offering tasty margaritas and cold beer.
C. Roy Carmichael PTA will be serving cupcakes and lemonade, while C. Roy Carmichael fifth and sixth graders will be selling lemonade once more and High Sierra Animal Rescue will be offering popcorn and face painting. The Rotary Club of Portola will be there with the bounce house for another chance at bouncy fun for the kids and Graeagle Church will be offering water bottles once more as well.
“Through hard work, commitment, and the generosity of those who love Graeagle and its beautiful surroundings, we are able to make this historic event happen,” organizers added. Graeagle Independence Day is 100 percent donation funded and volunteer powered. Donations to cover costs for this event are still being accepted online at https://graeaglefireworks.org. Those with any questions may also email [email protected].
Attention! The Graeagle Independence Day committee would love to see more parade entries and as a reminder, registration for the cornhole tournament and parade both close on Friday, July 1 at noon.