Sun Valley is rightfully known for consistent, perfect vertical on our slopes; the best cross country skiing in the country; hiking and mountain biking and rock climbing. But Sun Valley is also famous for its thriving arts scene. Local galleries feature top artists that draw collectors from near and far. Renown speakers and performers grace stages and podiums year-round. The calendar is dotted with star-studded film festivals and conferences. The arts scene in this little town in the Idaho mountains offers so much that visitors are often surprised by the breadth and...
The Fourth of July holiday weekend is upon us and there is so much to do. Starting tomorrow, July 2, and running through the 4th, there are endless ways to enjoy our beautiful surroundings, special events, and holiday fun.
Here is a day-by-day guide so you don’t miss a minute.
On Saturday, July 2, start your day off with a little centering, stretching, and breathing with Yoga on the Mountain. Two classes will be offered at the River Run Plaza on Baldy; the first, a Sunrise Vinyasa (flow) taught by Abby Siebert takes place at 8:45 a.m. At 10 a.m., Katherine Pleasants will lead a Gentle Flow class perfect for every level. Yoga classes are free, just remember to bring a mat, water bottle, and sunglasses. Then, all day long at River Run, you can take advantage of the Norco Bicycle Demo Day and consult with the experts on the best bike for your needs before taking it for a spin on one of Baldy’s amazing trails. The mountain opens for uphill mountain bike traffic on July 1 so it’s all systems go for some cross country, flow, and downhill fun. The flashiest part of the day occurs at dusk when Sun Valley on Ice launches the season with a star-studded performance featuring Jason Brown and Polina Edmunds. Grab tickets for bleacher seats or treat yourself to a bountiful buffet dinner and the ice show. It’s sure to be a fantastic one. When the skaters take their final bows, Sun Valley will light up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display over Dollar Mountain. There is no better way to get in the mood for the summer ahead.
The big fireworks show this holiday weekend takes place July 2, right after the final bows at the first Sun Valley on Ice show of the year
The highlight of Sunday, July 3, is a concert by the Midtown Men at the Sun Valley Pavilion. This show reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway's huge hit, Jersey Boys. The performance brings well-loved music and amazing choreography to the Pavilion stage. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this unique concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 60s. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, please click HERE.
The incomparable Midtown Men will get the Pavilion rocking at their July 3 concert. We dare you not to sing along!
The action shifts south to Hailey on Monday, July 4. There, the day begins with an old-fashioned pancake breakfast from 7:30 - 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall. A Children’s Carnival follows from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with plenty of fun and games. The famous Days of the Old West Parade marches and drives down Hailey’s Main Street at high noon and offers an authentic old-fashioned parade experience. Dozens of local organizations are represented on fun floats, decorated cars, on foot, and on bicycles. It is a festive afternoon. The RiverFest will follow the parade at the Draper Wood River Preserve with food, music, river activities, face painting, educational nature programs, and a free concert from country music star Jessica Lynn. The big Fourth of July Rodeo takes place on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of July at 7:30 p.m. A huge fireworks show rounds out the holiday, Hailey style, starting at dusk on the 4th. It’s all western, it’s fun, it’s family-friendly. Check it out!
The Hailey Days of the Old West Parade is a highlight of the summer and hundreds turn out to enjoy the afternoon whether the floats are motorized ….
… or give a taste of the old west
If tennis is your thing, the place to be over the Fourth is the Sun Valley Resort/Lyle Pearson 4th of July Tournament. Appropriate for entry level to open payers, the tournament offers play for singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Matches begin July 2 and run through the long weekend. For more information, or to register visit USTA.com.
If you are looking for a few (or many!) ways to fill a little downtime, here are some ideas:
- Practice your sport shooting skills at the Sun Valley Gun Club from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- Take a gondola ride up Bald Mountain and stay for lunch at the iconic Roundhouse Restaurant.
- Try your hand at sand volleyball, horseshoes, or paddleboats at the Sun Valley Lake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- Jump on the Spider Jump Bungee Trampoline at the base of River Run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Roll some strikes at the Retro Sun Valley Bowling Alley from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Challenge yourself at the Sawtooth Putting Course and Driving Range at the Sun Valley Clubhouse east of the Lodge. Treat yourself to lunch or happy hour on the terrace.
- Schedule a Wheels and Wine Bike Tour by calling 208-622-2281.
- Take a few cool laps around Sun Valley’s iconic outdoor skating rink during general session hours. Skate rental is available. Call 208-622-2194 for further information.
- Take in the movie Independence Day: Resurgence at the historic Sun Valley Opera House.
- On Friday, sharpen your fly fishing skills with a free casting clinic on the Lodge lawn from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Let them entertain you! Larry Harshbarger will tickle the ivories Friday night at The Ram Restaurant starting at 6 p.m. Brooks Hartell and Joe Fos will both perform at the Duchin Lounge over the weekend, lending their considerable talent to creating the soundtrack for your relaxing evening.
There are so many ways to celebrate, make a splash, and stay cool this holiday weekend. Try to fit in as many as you can!
It’s happening in Sun Valley (and Hailey!) over the Fourth of July weekend. Try all of the above, or some of the above. Take a hike, take a horseback ride, play a game of tennis. The possibilities are endless and it is sure to be a sparkling holiday.
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