It’s going to be a little different this year, but there are still ways you can celebrate America’s birthday safely.
July 4th is a pretty big deal in Jackson Hole. Perfect for kids and adults alike, it is always a well-orchestrated destination. However, this year, the Jackson Hole Chamber has made the hard decision to cancel the Fourth of July Town Parade for 2020 due to the inability to meet guidelines set forth for the health and safety of the community and its visitors.
Let’s admit that the main event of any 4th of July shindig is the fireworks display. Never fear, because our town is still scheduled to blast off a spectacular fireworks show over the mountain at 10 PM on the nights of Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the show from nearby residences, cars, or other spaces in which everyone can maintain proper social distancing procedures.
The only caveat is if fire season picks up at all, they will cancel the fireworks. And remember, no fireworks at the hotel because it is made up of 80% lacquered wood. That said, there is still plenty to see and do around the town and we will have a comfy bed waiting for you after all the adventure.
Ride Over to the Rodeo
The Jackson Hole Rodeo is regularly held on each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the summer season at the Teton County Fairgrounds. The 4th of July Rodeo is a fine western tradition and a wonderful way to spend an evening as the sun sets over the Teton Range. Wear a mask, and watch out for bulls.
Under the state’s health guidelines, and per our regional tradition of adventuring, Wyoming locals and visitors are encouraged to head out into nature and get some fresh air, see the sights and maybe catch a view of some wildlife. So why not pack a patriotic picnic, go for a hike and take in all of our state’s beauty. Some lakes, such as Jackson Lake, are opened for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
There is nothing quite as breath-taking as bright, beautiful bursts of color in the sky with the majestic Tetons in the background. However you decide to celebrate, just bring your masks, check local listings for information, and have a safe and happy Independence Day!