Light up the Fourth

It’s (finally) summer in Sun Valley! The days are endlessly long, the sun bright and warm, the lupine in bloom. Other signs of the season abound, too. This week the first Farmers’ Markets rolled out their delicious fare, fishermen flocked to world famous Silver Creek Preserve to test their skills and will at the Brown Drake hatch, the bicycle to car ratio in town in closing, and in the evening, outdoor seating at cafes and bars is full. It’s time for the glorious Idaho summer season to begin in earnest!

Sun Valley does the Fourth of July like nowhere else. Don’t miss a minute!

For many of us, though, it’s not really summer until the July Fourth holiday weekend. There is something about celebrating with fireworks, live music, food, friends, and fun that truly makes it feel like the season is upon us. And though it’s hard to believe, the holiday is nearly upon us, too. Now is the time to plan for a perfect kick off to the perfect Sun Valley summer.

This year, July 4 falls on a Tuesday, so chances are the celebration will last a whole week. Things officially switch into high gear at dusk on July 4 when the first Sun Valley on Ice of the summer lights up the night. The show features as headliners 2017 United States Gold Medalist and United States Bronze Medalist Karen Chen, and 2017 United States Silver Medalists, World Silver Medalists, and United States Gold Medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Chen, a true up-and-comer in the world of top tier figure skating is one to watch. The young skater is already famous for her artistry and precision. Ice dancers Chock and Bates are working tirelessly toward South Korea in 2018.  Seeing all three skaters perform at a venue as intimate and special at the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink is an experience that can’t be replicated. Following the pyrotechnics on ice, a huge fireworks display will light up the night sky over Dollar Mountain and viewing is perfect from the rink and the Lodge. Seating options for the ice shows are rinkside on bleachers, or at a dinner buffet and show combo on the deck of the Sun Valley Lodge Terrace. No matter what you choose, you will have fantastic views of the production. For tickets, please visit the Recreation Office in the Sun Valley Village or click HERE.

Amazing ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates headline the July 4 Sun Valley on Ice show. This team is one to watch!

Then, on July 6, the party continues with a concert from British Rock Royalty at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Presented by Sun Valley Opera and the Sun Valley Resort presents, this amazing, energetic band gives four concerts in one, performing all the biggest hits from Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen and Led Zeppelin. British Rock Royalty is famous for performing faithfully accurate renditions of everyone’s favorite songs in their two-hour performance. Close your eyes and you will think it’s the original band members performing hits like Comfortably Numb, Kashmir, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Pinball Wizard. This killer rock band fronted by vocalist and producer Brody Dolyniuk presents the songs as you would want to hear them … bold and in your face, yet faithful to the original recordings. Backed by state of the art video, lighting and lasers, this show promises something truly unique and unforgettable. Doors open at 7 p.m, show begins at 8 p.m. Enjoying a concert beneath the soaring sail of the Pavilion, as the sun sets, and a warm breeze blows, is a singular Sun Valley experience and one that you shouldn’t miss. Get your tickets now by clicking HERE.

You have to see British Rock Royalty to believe how true they are to legendary bands Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, and Pink Floyd. It will be a show to remember

The fun at the Pavilion continues on July 8 when Galactic, with special guest Andy Frasco, graces the stage for a high octane performance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. Galactic, a seminal New Orleans band, is comprised of Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel. They are joined by Sun Valley favorite Andy Frasco who describes himself as a “singer, songwriter, band maestro, entrepreneur, party starter, and everyday hustler.”  His music is infectious and sure to get the audience on its feet.  Tickets are available HERE.

Other activities over July 4 also abound. Choose from free fly casting clinics, yoga on the mountain, entertainment at the Duchin Lounge, and bike demo days. For a full list of events, please click HERE.

On July 8, Galactic, with special guest star Andy Frasco, will rock the Sun Valley Pavilion

If you want to make the holiday extra special, be sure to take advantage of the special “Freedom Found” lodging package at the Sun Valley Resort. If you book at the Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley Lodge, or Cottages, stay free on July 4 and receive a Sun Valley Fun Pass (one per room) to explore all the resort has to offer, including ice skating on the outdoor rink, bowling, the 18-hole putting course, and much more. The “Freedom Found” package requires a minimum four-night stay, and availability is limited so call today. The offer is valid July 4 – July 7, 2017. If you’d like to extend your stay, receive 25 percent off additional nights through July 9. Please call 800.SUN.VALY (800.786.8259) to reserve your room now.

The Wood River Valley knows how to make the July 4 holiday memorable, from star-studded ice shows to the amazing parade down Hailey’s Main Street. There truly is something for everyone! (photo credit Carol Waller)

It’s all about the red, white, and blue, and fireworks, and music, and a million ways to have fun in Sun Valley over the July 4 holiday.  There is no more festive place to be!

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