Anaconda celebrates Fourth of July in style

  

Below are some sights of the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks show on Saturday night high above Washoe Park. The fireworks show was made possible by American Veterans (VFW/American Legion) in association with Wayne and Sherri Lubbes of the Paradise Bar and Montana Display Fireworks out of Missoula. (ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO)

First, a little side note. Veterans from Anaconda collect year ’round for the fantastic show. They hold a fundraising golf tournament annual at Anaconda Country Club along with several other means of donations. If you would like to provide a tax-deductable donation for the show, contact me via the email link.

 

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The Honor Guard of the American Legion Post No. 21 start the parade on Main Street.

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Kids with Toys For Tots ride bikes through the parade route

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A car load of patriotic youngsters throw candy to appreciative onlookers.

Anaconda native Joe Wren, a TV sports and features reporter for FOX in Salt Lake City, was the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Anaconda native Joe Wren, a TV sports and features reporter for FOX in Salt Lake City, was the Grand Marshall of the parade.

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Life Flight Network, the regional ambulatory partner with Community Hospital of Anaconda, was quite a hit with their parade submission.

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Members from the Anaconda Community Band.

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American Legion Post No. 21 veterans celebrate the Holiday parade

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Everyone knows John around Anaconda, the bubbly, affectionate vet brings out the classic eyewear for the parade.

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Ol’ Tex celebrates Americana

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Wayne and Sherri Lubbes with their classic Ford

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Playing music on the ABC Building Center flatbed has become a parade tradition.

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Jim Tracy on the drums on the ABC float

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Volunteer firetrucks line the route with the courthouse in the background

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Jerry “Arnie” Arneson leads the Marine Corps League and Toys For Tots down the route

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Cadence is important during the Honor Guard march.

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The Post and POW/MIA flags presented during the parade.

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Not many people realize the work involved in putting on such a large fireworks show. Montana Display Fireworks of Missoula are the official sparkies of the show but need tons of volunteer help to pull the show off. Here, eight banks of mortars are being prepped for the presentation, all of which are strategically placed in order to provide specific show bursts. The setup takes about 4.5 hours according to the staff.

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Volunteers load mortars with Washoe Park baseball stadium in the background.

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Filling out the final mortars.

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Wayne Lubbes sets one of the loads atop the mortar

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A look at the early part of the show with Anaconda in the foreground.

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This photo give a good perspective on how high the fireworks are launched above Washoe Park the the light some of them emit being shot.

 

 

 

 

 

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