Monday, July 12, 2010

A Small Town Fourth

Bridgeport, California is a very small town, blink and you'll miss it.  It lies to the north of the mountain we call home much of the summer and is the county seat.  In the summer it draws hikers and fishermen as well as cattle and sheep to graze in the nearby meadows.  Its tourist season is short, beginning with July 4th and ending Labor Day.  Then all but the few locals leave. 
When it comes to Fourth of July Bridgeport goes all out to show the tourists what they are about with the annual parade. 

Fishing.
Enjoying our public lands.
Nearby fishing/hiking resorts.
Packing into the high country.
A different kind of packer from the nearby U S Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.
Youngsters get into the act.
Ranchers from the cattle ranches that graze their stock in the lush pastures around Bridgeport.
Folks come from Nevada for the opportunity to display their old cars.

Some folks just enjoy an opportunity to express their individuality.
There are a lot of other things going on over Fourth of July; rodeo, races, greased pole contests, bar-b-que, fireworks and more.  These shots are from two years ago.  I had hoped to get new shots this year but was un-well.  Maybe next year.
Bridgeport is part of my world in the summer.  You can see the worlds of other bloggers at
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16 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a wonderful small-town celebration. Takes me back to my childhood. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

This is a little like Breckenridge, but I expect our resort town is bigger than Bridgeport. However, the 4th Parade in small-town America is always full of the homespun and homemade. Are you packed, Martha? Hope you and Jules are feeling well now.

Jedediah said...

Love the mule train, not something you see every day.

Sylvia K said...

I love these kinds of celebrations and particularly in small towns. Such wonderful fun and such a great way to enjoy the warm summer days! Love all your photos, as always, Martha! Particularly the mule train!! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Lara Neusiedler said...

small town celebrations have a special charm! lovely!

EG Wow said...

I enjoy small town parades. They are not slick, that's for sure! Small tow parades are so full of spirit!

ewok1993 said...

what a lovely town bridgeport is, of course i only saw it from the highway. thanks for sharing.

ρομπερτ said...

How interesting to see. Must be great to live in such a place where something like this is possible. Please have you all a nice Tuesday.

daily athens

Carolyn Ford said...

I really like to reach Bridgeport on our drives up Highway 395! From there are roads that split off to such beautiful beautiful places! And, small town parades have got to be the best...such spirit and bonding with the residents, is evident.

Linda Reeder said...

A small town is just the best place for the Fourth of July. I grew up outside of a small town in Oregon. We had a parade and a rodeo and fireworks too. I miss it on the Fourth.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great parade. As a forest service kid I was partial to their float.

zeal4adventure said...

Love the simplicity of a small town parades. Looks like so much fun especially that they went all out to showcase what they're all about.

JOE TODD said...

Beautiful country and I always like a parade.Your header photo is spectacular. Question.. How did you get get your overall background blue. I want to change my background and haven't been able to figure out how to do it

Gaelyn said...

Looks like a mighty big parade for a little town. Everybody gets into the act. Sorry to hear you missed it this year. Hope you are feeling better.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

What a great parade. Small town parades are the best; there is far more ingenuity and creativity.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Dave said...

must be an exciting experience to everyone involved. lovely photos.