Fourth of July Festivities

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Summer is in full swing in Jackson Hole (and we finally have the weather to prove it!), and this Fourth of July is packed with activities and deals. Celebrate the holiday with friends, family and fireworks. With this guide, your day is sure to start and end with the best dining and entertainment options.

During the Day

Grab a spot downtown to view the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July parade. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Pair the parade with breakfast on the deck and fresh-squeezed cocktails from Hatch Taqueria & Tequilas. Persephone Bakery also offers up a front row seat to the parade, in addition to a whole array of patriotic pastries. Or, fuel up pre-parade at the Jackson Hole Lions Club’s 4th of July street breakfast. The community boosters are serving up pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs and beverages just off Town Square on Deloney Street. This breakfast goes from 7-10:30 a.m. and costs $10 for those ages eight and up, $5 for kids ages four to seven and kids under four are free. If you’d rather start your day with some physical activity, register for the Jackson Whole Grocer, Skinny Skis and Friends of Pathways’ 40th annual Fourth of July 10K in Wilson. The race begins in Wilson at 8 a.m. and is $30 if you register prior online HERE or $40 on race day.sparkler

Dining Deals

At the Silver Dollar Bar, they’ll be serving parade cocktails starting at 10 a.m. Then, head there after the parade for a 4th of July Picnic Buffet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Get all your festive favorites for just $15 as an adult and $10 for kids ages 10 and under. Headed for the fireworks show in Teton Village? Soak in the evening sun on the way, at the Calico yard bar! Hosting a Fourth of July party at home? Leave the pie to the experts at The Bunnery. Order your pies today because nothing says, “Happy Birthday America” more than apple pie. Celebrate Independence Day with Independent Craft Beer brewed by Roadhouse Brewing Co. in honor of the holiday. Three red, white and blue brews will are available at Roadhouse Pub & Eatery. The patriotic line-up includes: Autonomy Sour, a boysenberry kettle sour; Sovereignty Cream Ale, a raspberry cream ale; and Doggedness Independent Pale Ale, a classic American IPA. Spring Creek Ranch is 4th of July feast with a gourmet barbecue, DJ, yard games and an elevated view of the firework display. Also, they are offering free rides! The event is $65 and they would like reservations by today by calling 307-733-8833.

Fantastic Fireworks

Fireworks in Jackson occur in two annual locations: the base of Snow King Mountain or Teton Village. Both spectacular shows start at 10 p.m. In town, consider three prime viewing locations: Snake River Brewery, Hayden’s Post, or StillWest Brewery & Grill. Prior to the fireworks, the Brew Pub’s lawn is a great place to play some yard games with your family and friends, and drink a craft beer. StillWest offers a front row seat to the show, and their patio provides ample viewing space. The Hayden’s Post deck is super close to the action, and they’ll have DJ E.R.A. spinning tunes on the deck starting at 5 p.m. Specialty menu items for the day will include grilled hot dogs, burgers, chicken, kabobs, blueberry lemonade margaritas and fresh-squeezed lime-tinis. snake river brewing yard

Out in Teton Village, there are two opportunities to celebrate with fireworks and live music. On Wednesday, July 3, music by Aaron Davis and Mystery Machine kicks off at 7 p.m., followed by Whitewater Ramble. Patriotic pops light up the skies at 10 p.m. Thursday night, the celebration continues with music by the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole starting at 4 p.m., music by Calle Mambo at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Both nights of music and fireworks at completely free!

Late Night Eats

We understand that your Fourth of July activities may take you into the late night hours. Luckily, there are a few spots around town ready to offer sustenance. Thai Me Up and Snake River Brewery both serve food until 11 p.m., with Thai Me Up offering happy hour prices from 10-11 p.m. Out even later on this Thursday? Pinky G’s is your go-to for a late night slice until the first hours of Friday.cocktail

Celebratory Cocktail

If you’re celebrating at home, toast to the holiday with this cocktail recipe from Jackson Hole Stillworks.

Jackson Hole Stillworks' Big Red

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Highwater vodka
  • 1 tablespoon fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh blueberries
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice, unsweetened
  • Soda water
  • Fresh lime, raspberry and blueberry for garnish

Instructions

  • Add vodka, berries and juice to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into rocks glass with ice.
  • Top with soda water.
  • Garnish with lime wheel, raspberry and blueberry.
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Raised in the land of casseroles and deep fried cheese curds, Sam Simma left rural Wisconsin for the mountains of Wyoming in summer 2012. Her appetite for adventure is the only thing that rivals her passion for food. She has always used writing to document and critique her travel and dining experiences. Her warmest memories among family and friends have been associated with the food that was at the center of the occasion. From staging cooking shows with siblings to perfecting turtle brownies with her dad, today Sam enjoys connecting people over food by hosting cookie decorating parties, wine pairing nights, and Midwest-inspired potlucks. A dessert fanatic, she has come to impress friends and family with key lime pies, Oreo bon bons, and Snickers ice cream cakes that are far simpler than they could ever imagine. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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